IN-FORM POET – Rime Couée

This past week we were introduced to the Rime Couée  by our Master “Formsmith,” RJ Clarken. Marie and I were so intrigued by it, we’re putting it up for a closer look.

This form is usually used as a portion of  longer poems, but the style had seduced the French and they named it Rime Couée and felt that it could stand on its own. Really, though, it was Robert Burns, a Scotsman who used it extensively in his poetry.

It’s a single stanza that’s six lines long. The syllable count is 8-8-8-6-8-6 or 8-8-6-8-8-6.  The rhyme scheme is usually a-a-a-b-a-b.  A scheme of: a-a-b-a-a-b is also acceptable.

Marie’s Rime Couée:

Do Unto Others

This whole “do unto others” thing
is not a whim – is not a fling
is not somebody’s joke.
Avert the words that bite or sting.
Embrace forgiveness, let love ring.
Make light your neighbor’s yoke.

Walt’s Rime Couée:


The welcome mat is always out,
and heart-felt comments carry clout,
so this is what it’s all about.
Encouraging, not abusive,
we love to read your words, no doubt.
We are all-inclusive!

Thanks RJ for this “new” look at a long-standing form!