I know, I know, it’s D rhyme week. I always have difficulty with this one. But then again, if you’ve read my Décimas, you know I have a problem with all of the rhyme weeks. Plus, this week I give you a two-syllable word, but I looked up the rhymes. There aren’t a lot, but the ones we do have are pretty good.
You may, if you wish, make some kind of link between the Haiku Challenge prompt of (GRACE and Slip). and STABLE. This means you could write a haiku post using the prompt words. Then do a Décima using this week’s prompt uniting the two with a common message.
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 last week’s links Décima Poets’ poems written for the prompt for BLIND, click HERE for all the links in one post. A good opportunity to check out some examples of Décima.
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:
Merriam-Webster.com 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 STABLE must be one of the D line words. Then the other D line(s) word(s) must rhyme with STABLE.
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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