Hot Summer Storms

A Chaucerian Roundel

Lightning (c) 2005 Ante Vekic

Here comes summer on the wind
of thunderstorms and soaking rains
that puddles make, an’ trees ta bend.

Them thunderheads pile up like cotton
over mountains to the east; lightning then.
Here comes summer on the wind.

See the flashes? No time to spend
beneath some tree. Those bolts can kill.
Get yourself inside, some place safe, stand still.
Here comes summer on the wind.


david coyote

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A Chaucerian Roundel has many similarities to the triolet (another medieval French form), being just two lines longer than a triolet, and with the first line repeated twice. The Chaucerian Roundel consists of three stanzas, the first line of the first stanza being repeated as the last line in the second and third stanzas. The rhyme scheme is: Abb abA abbA ('A' being the repeated line), which means you have to find three 'a' rhymes and five 'b' rhymes.

The Chaucerian Roundel is most often written in iambic pentameter or iambic tetrameter, but as far as I understand it the poet is at liberty to use other meters, or indeed to write this form in free meter.

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