when Blackbird sings (rondeau)

by Mr. Darcy   Jul 30, 2018

When blackbird sings a song for him
from snowy perch all crisp and trim.
He sings of love from warmer days,
when clouds were glazed from where we lay,
...that's where our love did first begin.

Now Spring is here and still he sings;
those notes evoke dark skies they bring -
Your face returns with summer haze...
when Blackbird sings.

The drought this year has burnt all things,
like chard remains, to us I cling.
I pray for rain to wash away,
these memories so darkly grey,
but how to free these oily wings...
when Blackbird sings?


- Mr. Darcy
© 2018


A Rondeau is a French form, 15 lines long, consisting of three stanzas: a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet with a rhyme scheme as follows: aabba aabR aabbaR. Lines 9 and 15 are short - a refrain (R) consisting of a phrase taken from line one. The other lines are longer (but all of the same metrical length).


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  • 3 years ago

    by -Choke-On-MY-Halo-

    I so will not lie and say I got this poem I'm a simpleminded person and will take a guess that the bird is the reminder of a moment in time where love was held? If I'm wrong I apologize

    - Mori

  • 3 years ago

    by Meena Krish

    I like Rondeaus and I surly like this...a gentle beautiful
    sadness lingers....nice

  • 4 years ago

    by Ya----Na

    Mr. Darcy Rondeau is a beautiful form and you made it even more by writing it around nature. Completely agree with Ben genuinely deserves to be on front page.

  • 4 years ago

    by Ben Pickard

    Michael, I would genuinely love to see this on the front page next Monday; it is probably the best Rondeau I have read on this site, alongside Hellon's.

    All the best and a very well done.

  • 4 years ago

    by Em (marmite)

    You do these so well Mr D, fantastic as ever

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