Whittled Words – Clogyrnach Poem

 

Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:

CLOGYRNACH POEM

Clogyrnach is a Welsh poetic meter that falls under the poetic form of odes. Clogyrnach are composed of any number of 6-line stanzas. Each stanza has 32 syllables. It utilizes as simple AB rhyme scheme.

  • 6-line poem
  • Any number of stanzas
  • Rhyming scheme of AABBBA

Line 1: 8 syllables with an A rhyme
Line 2: 8 syllables with an A rhyme
Line 3: 5 syllables with a B rhyme
Line 4: 5 syllables with a B rhyme
Line 5: 3 syllables with a B rhyme
Line 6: 3 syllables with an A rhyme

Note: There’s also a variant that combines lines 5 and 6 into one line, thus making a 5-line stanza (see example below).

Line 1: 8 syllables with an A rhyme
Line 2: 8 syllables with an A rhyme
Line 3: 5 syllables with a B rhyme
Line 4: 5 syllables with a B rhyme
Line 5: 6 syllables with an A rhyme

 

Examples of Clogyrnach Poems:

 

LAMENT FOR MOTHER AND CHILD

by seingraham

 

A child is weeping in the dark
His mother’s left him in the park
What was she thinking?
Had she been drinking?
Her wee king
Her stretch mark

 

THIS LONGED-FOR RAIN

(Variant From)

By Taylor Graham

 

Open your arms to silver rain
with every grass-leaf on the plain
and moss upon stones
and the dry creek’s bones –
every vein this rain owns.

 

BREATH OF FALL

By Brad Osborne

Fall trees not washed by color yet

Brisk morning air lest you forget

Summer has gone by

In blink of an eye

Longing sigh

Some regret

 

 

CHURCH

(Variant From)

By Brad Osborne

She calls to me for company

Many more miles for us to see

Over time-worn seat

I spread my two feet

Blessed sanctuary

 

I hope you have enjoyed this entry to the series, Whittled Words. I look forward to your comments, and if you dare, maybe share your own Clogyrnach poem. Thanks for reading!

Comments
7 Responses to “Whittled Words – Clogyrnach Poem”
  1. Jim Borden says:

    there’s something about this style of poetry that I find appealing, so thanks for making me aware of it. And your poem about the change of seasons hits home – I miss summer!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      It may be a connection to your heritage in some minor way or maybe the flow and length is just more musical to your ear. Either way I am glad you enjoyed it and I thank you kindly!

  2. jupitergrant says:

    Thank you for introducing me to this form, and bravo on your own examples, which are lovely. 👏👏👏

  3. Brad Osborne says:

    A wonderful poem and perfect to form. Well done!

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