Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 14 (BIRD) This week, it’s the A rhyme line.

This week, I recommend going with a synonym. There aren’t a lot of natural rhymes for BIRD. I used a word generator this week, just to see what happened. I did it with the Haiku Challenge as well. I thought it interesting the three words that came up, under a search for each word alone.

Welcome to the Décima Poetry Challenge. Each week we’ll be attempting a Décima, also known as an Espinela, poem.

If you don’t know how to write a Décima, click HERE to go to a post on how to write one.


Keep reading and find out, with an example included.

One last thing before we jump in the creativity pool, check out my weekly Haiku Challenge that often has prompts (Finger&Planet this week) that share a central theme, at least in my head, with the Décima Poetry Challenge prompt.

Back to our schedule Décima Poetry Challenge how to and whatnot.

If you can’t come up with a Décima using the given prompt, you can use a Synonym instead. I don’t want to stall your creativity, and with the possibility of a synonym, you will certainly write something amazing…or in my case, something that rhymes.

Sites to help:

Here is the quick description of a Décima:

There are 10 lines of poetry that rhyme. 8 syllables.
There is a set rhyming pattern we must stick to. abbaaccddc

The prompt word given (in the post heading) must appear at the end of one of the given rhyme lines, either A, B, C, or D.

Let’s look at the rhyme pattern once again and you will see what I mean.

The rhyming pattern is abbaaccddc.

For example, if I say, “(NAME) This week it’s the A rhyme line” in the post heading, my Décima might be:

You took time, with a deadeye aim,
because you saw me scratch an itch,
this wound to my head needs a stitch.
Feel so bad, don’t know my own name.
Not hiding, because there’s no shame.
Get ready for when I get healed,
for your ending will be revealed.
It’s too late when you hear the crack.
That’s when it’s time for some payback.
Then I’ll be carried far afield.

Notice the example prompt word ‘name’ is in the fourth line A spot, and its rhymes are in lines one and five, matching the rhyming pattern of abbaaccddc.

For today’s challenge, the word BIRD must be one of the A line words. Then the other A line(s) word(s) must rhyme with BIRD.

Sometimes you break the rhyme into two stanzas using the following rhyme pattern. abba/accddc.

Once you complete your poem and post it on your blog, copy the link and place it in the comments in this post. That way other people can visit your post and check out your poem. You can also put the link of this challenge in your post to let your followers know where to go if they want to participate. This is called a Pingback. This is not mandatory to join in or to put your post link in the comments. Click HERE to find out how to do a Pingback.

Reblogging is great as well.

Some people like to copy and paste the challenge image into their posts. That’s okay with me.

Ronovan Writes Decima Challenge Image




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15 thoughts on “Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 14 (BIRD) This week, it’s the A rhyme line.

    • I had no idea what to think with this one. One of our poet friends suggested I go with the word generator. I thought about clicking it again, but said nah, let’s see what we can do.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Beak Season

    I won’t swear it’s true, but I heard,
    Though I was under the weather,
    Near knocked down by a feather,
    When they said, “she was shot. A bird.”
    “A bird?” I said, picked up my gourd,
    Swallowed that sweet strong elixir,
    Shook my noggin, “That’ll fix er,”
    I said, my condition, I meant,
    “Not her, with the bird bullet spent,
    That is one heck of a trick, Sir.”

    Liked by 4 people

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