“Spring,” A Diatelle

For Tanka Tuesday – I tried the Diatelle… finally! End rhymes have never been my favorite. I prefer the subtleness of haiku or tanka with the revelation that grabs you! Truthfully, I found it difficult to find the right word, as the rhyme dictated my choices. However, I enjoyed the form and will work with it further.

The Diatelle is a fun, syllable counting form like the etheree with a twist. The syllable structure of the diatelle is as follows: 1/2/3/4/6/8/10/12/10/8/6/4/3/2/1, but unlike an etheree, has a set rhyme pattern of abbcbccaccbcbba. This poetry form may be written on any subject matter and looks best center aligned in a diamond shape.

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“Spring”

spring
sunlight
grows in might
darkness recedes
old winter wind’s harsh bite
melts the last snow airing new weeds
yellow heads releasing their fluffy seeds
who like the scarlet cardinal have taken wing
saffron forsythia blossoms now freed
tumble gently like star shine beads
new life, a welcome sight
as marsh hares breed
plants take heed
life’s creed—
spring

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

Join me every Tuesday on wordcraftpoetry.com for the Tanka Tuesday Syllabic Poetry Challenge.

Author: Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger’s hexastich, Abhanga, and diatelle poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems,” and in various other online publications. She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly 99-word flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com, an online writing community. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for Carrot Ranch. Colleen has published a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Colleen Chesebro’s poetry blog is called Word Craft – Prose & Poetry at https://wordcraftpoetry.com/ Her author blog is found at https://colleenchesebro.com where you will find her poetry and short stories.

52 thoughts on ““Spring,” A Diatelle”

  1. Beautiful, Colleen. It’s quite a difficult form, but you’ve mastered it! Spring, I love it! 💗 Thank you for pushing us forward to try something new.

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  2. I loooove this poem Colleen. I don’t use too much rhyme but I always find a rhythm and one or two rhymes.
    I just feel like if poetry had four cornerstones, rhyme is definitely one of them.
    I sometimes wonder why quite a number of people here don’t like it, even you at times Colleen 😅
    A bit of it here and there is so classically refreshing.

    And in rhyme forms, totally justifiable like this diatelle.
    I like that you didn’t just rhyme for the sake. It still carried depth❤️

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    1. Thanks, Jude. Rhyming poetry has never been my thing. It always feel contrived to me. I also find the rhyming words limit the meaning. Japanese poetry has always spoken to me. When written correctly, the message is much more subtle. But, some poets like you, have mastered the end rhyme. Your poetry never sounds forced to me. So, write on, my friend! If rhyming works for you that’s fabulous. I’ll have a few more optional forms for you to choose from. ❤️❤️❤️

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