Rondelet Rendezvous

After lunch one weekend I reclined on the sofa with my three favourite feline friends nearby and wrote this quartet of Rondelet poems. The Rondelet is a French form consisting of a single septet with two rhymes and one refrain: AbAabbA. The capital letters are the refrains, or repeats. The refrain is written in tetra-syllabic or dimeter and the other lines are twice as long – octasyllabic or tetrameter.


Rogue Romance Rondelet


The thrusts and unexpected turns


Uplifting and ridiculous

How many times must one be burned?

Rejected, wanted, loved and spurned



The Little Things

The little things

New catkins grow upon Spring trees

The little things

Relief that Friday Riesling brings

My cheeks stroked by the fresh sea breeze

A between-mealtime chunk of cheese

The little things


Soul Sculptor

He moulded me

I was but putty in his hands

He moulded me

and how our parting scalded me!

The time escaped us like quick sand

Divided by our age and lands

He moulded me


Raring Rondelet


Harness the hallelujah hues


The March hare has the knack to me

Elan, exuberant and new

Each day a brand new pair of shoes



16 thoughts on “Rondelet Rendezvous

      1. Currently have 8 who permit me to share their space, as long as I can open the can of tuna they love me. I also have the occasional guest when a rescue cat needs some extra help.

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  1. I like these, especially The Little Things. They seem to be a combination of two of my favorites, the rondeau and the triolet. I’ll have to give the Rondelet a try, thanks for sharing. Keep enjoying those little things, Sam, romancing the ordinary. 🙂


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