Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 30: (EXHALE) in the C rhyme line.

I chose the word EXHALE this week with the idea, well I can’t tell you the idea because I don’t want to taint your thinking process. Exhale, two syllables but you can use synonyms.

I checked for plenty of rhyme words, as I usually do. I dislike trying to create a poem with only 5 or 6 rhyme options when all of us are doing them.

RHYME TIP: Sometimes I will take a word and break it up into multiple sounds and come up with rhymes that aren’t normally thought of. This is a tip from rappers who have to be extremely creative. I picked this one up from the rapper Eminem. I know it sounds like what a rhyme site does but you dive down deeper and it’s a lot of fun to come up with something that people read and think, “Where did that come from, and why didn’t I think to do that?”

You may, if you wish, make some kind of link between the Haiku Challenge prompt of (COLD & Fall). and EXHALE. I think these might work together with the right story idea.

The 2 CHALLENGES are SEPARATE but CAN BE combined if YOU CHOOSE to do so.

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 an Espinela or Décima Poem.


Keep reading and find out, with an example included.

  • To read last week’s Décima Poetry written for the prompt for FRIGHT, click HERE for all the links in one post.

Back to our scheduled Décima Poetry Challenge what to and what not to do.

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:  Use this site for syllables. I’ve used several online counters and too many have given different counts for the same word, so I use the dictionary now. Also, in some parts of the English speaking world, the syllables may come out in the spoken language a bit differently. And that’s okay. Write to enjoy, too learn, and yes, try to get the syllables right, but above all create and enjoy.

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 with a choice of a break between lines 4 and 5, then being abba accddc, which I use in my example below.

For example, if I say in the subject line of the post:

“…(FALL) This week it’s the B rhyme line.”

my Décima might be…


As the end wept upon the land,

we could hear the approaching fall.

Justice answered the trumpet’s call,

trusting the fight to her troop’s hand.


Fate trembles with haste to expand,

through misdeeds by her shameless foe.

Past foolish decisions now crow,

“Wait—no—this was not meant to be.”

They beg the nation, “Hear our plea.

Heal honor, shout, no…no… NO!”


Notice the example prompt word ‘FALL’ is in line 2, the first B line, and its rhyme is in line 3, matching the rhyming pattern of abba accddc.

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

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.

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16 thoughts on “Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 30: (EXHALE) in the C rhyme line.

  1. The Night That Might Never Have been And Does Not Seem to Want to End

    Brandy sniffered. Lasagna baked.
    Settled in to await the news.
    Who will wear the President’s shoes?
    Will he bellow, “that news is faked!”

    These past four years, my poor brain’s ached.
    His every word a bleak chemtrail,
    his every step, a coffin nail.
    And now, this show, democracy’s test,
    a voting scheme, a hornet’s nest:
    Breath in! Breath out! Inhale! Exhale!

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    • Bleary eyes abound on this day,
      amidst the fugue wish of some.
      Somewhere the dreamer hopes for the sum,
      fairly stays counted, not to stray.

      It’s time for an end to the ways,
      of those who evade and vex jail.
      A great land prepped for their next sell,
      so they can rest in great splendor.
      Soon he can cheat each lendor,
      unstrap his girdle… and exhale.

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