A rondeau (plural rondeaux) is a form of French poetry with 15 lines written on two rhymes. It makes use of refrains, repeated according to a certain stylized pattern. It was customarily regarded as a challenge to arrange for these refrains to contribute to the meaning of the poem in as succinct and poignant a manner as possible. The rondeau consists of thirteen lines of eight syllables, plus two refrains (which are half lines, four syllables each).
The traditional rondeau looks like this:
SO WRITE ME ONE (a rondeau)
So write me one – a great rondeau,
Just like the one you wrote below
And others you will surely write
While you’re awake into the night
As off to beddy-bye I go.
For as for me, my words won’t flow
At times it seems they are my foe
Elusive, they, and impolite.
So – write me one?
It would be brilliant. This I know.
Your muse would speak; your poem would grow.
What I should do is just sit tight
And wait for you to write tonight
As goodness knows I’m no Thoreau,
So write me one.
© Copyright – Marie Elena – 2012
(The Truth About) NAUGHTY OR NICE
I’ve made a list and checked it twice,
some were naughty and some were nice.
Naughty ones could get a reprieve
depends how strongly they believe.
I think one more glance should suffice.
Here in the land of snow and ice,
the tally kept should be precise,
I have no reason to deceive –
I’ve made a list!
The nice ones never pay the price;
and the naughty never think twice.
Excuse me if I sound naive –
I am Santa Claus; I believe!
so listen all to my advice:
“I’ve made a list”!
© Copyright – Santa Claus 2012