Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 54: (BIRTH) in the D rhyme line.

You may, if you wish, make some kind of link between the Haiku Challenge prompt of (FORM and Mourn). and this Décima Challenge of BIRTH in the D rhyme line. This means you could write a haiku post using the prompt words. Then do a Décima post 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.



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.



  1. There are 10 lines of poetry that rhyme.
  2. 8 syllables per line.
  3. There is a SET RHYMING PATTERN we must stick to. ABBAACCDDC OR  two stanzas of ABBA/ACCDDC.


  1. The prompt word given (in the post heading) must appear at the end of one of the given rhyme lines given (in the post heading), either A, B, C, or D. Let’s say for an EXAMPLE we use the word (STABLE) in the D line. ALWAYS DEFER TO THE WORD AND RHYME LINE IN THE POST HEADING. Sometimes I might miss changing those spots in the challenge post.
  2. The other rhyme line(s) should rhyme with the given word (STABLE). Then the other (D) line should rhyme. Words such as Able, Cable, and Fable.
  3. Once you complete your poem pingback and/or copy/paste your post link into the comments below.

Our Youth Need…

The young have not been so lucky,
their world defined by death and rage,
We had freedom, they have a cage,
locked up safe from the dying spree.

The fool and wisdom disagree,
on how to save democracy.
Our youth drown in hypocrisy,
as blue label fights red label.
They need foundations firm…stable,
with no games of bureaucracy.

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.



  • 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.

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.

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12 thoughts on “Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 54: (BIRTH) in the D rhyme line.

  1. A little (very little) whimsy from a real-life experience…

    When the Mouse’s Away…and Baking is Cooling on the Counter Overnight

    There is the sound of a small crash
    off in the hurly-burly night.
    No cause to knot sleep knickers tight,
    jump out of bed, a ten-yard dash.

    Dawn comes, another dreadful smash,
    but night sounds, they do amplify,
    the piercing screech of Jasmine’s cry,
    our dear old cat, salt of the earth,
    had her twelve years, one year from birth,
    hunts harmless muffins on the fly.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. reBirth

    From earthen clay t’was said we’re formed—
    worldly soils with water kneaded
    humbly begun, from earth seeded.
    From our mother, Earth, humans borne,
    but we’ve failed her and now we mourn.
    Those who would turn within, would save
    themselves and others enter caves;
    return, search deep within the Earth;
    gain strength, emerge— a hero’s birth.
    Rebuilding bonds we need, we crave.

    Liked by 4 people

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