Whittled Words – Awdl Gywydd 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:





I love Welsh forms, because they tend to rhyme and this form includes the challenge of internal rhymes.

Now, let us look at the rules:

  • Four lines
  • Seven syllables per line
  • The final syllable of the first and third lines rhyme with the third and fifth syllables of the following lines respectively
  • The second and fourth lines should end in a perfect rhyme

Here is a visual representation of the form:




Note: As with any form, there is some artistic license here that allows the poet to slide the internal rhyme a little in either direction in the second and fourth lines, but once a position is chosen it should remain consistent throughout the entirety of the composition.



Examples of Awdl Gywydd Poems:



By Bill Watkins

Stealing melons as a boy
was a joy which we learned quick.
Tasting them was such sweet fun
though once done oft made us sick.

When caught we paid a price dear
with soon fear plus public shame.
We asked to pick from then on
and thus gone was that kid’s game.

We didn’t become a bad seed
and indeed we’re truly glad.
It was just a childhood prank;
now we’re thankful not sad.



By Pratap Roy


A hug is a wondrous gift;
What one wished to bring delight.
It conveys affection, care
removes fear, tells no more fright.

A hug fully charms senses,
no tension, shows I’m for you.
That feeling makes one speechless.
Hug reaches the torn soul too.



By Brad Osborne

Time in every small moment

With intent to pass me by

Where the longing for your kiss

Lingers in a wishful eye

Seconds tick as seconds do

But with you it seems too fast

I wished that I assured knew

How to make it truly last

Alas, the sun and moon move

As to prove time marches still

Minutes push into lifetimes

Against hopeful rhymes of will


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 Awdl Gywydd poem. Thanks for reading!

9 Responses to “Whittled Words – Awdl Gywydd Poem”
  1. beth says:

    i enjoyed all of these and find the pattern an interesting one –

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    A very nice style, and your example was smashing good!

  3. Jim Borden says:

    I like this form, for the many opportunities to connect the lines together through rhyme. well done!

  4. kristianw84 says:

    I really like this form, and your poem is beautiful, as always.

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