Weft : A Dorsimbra

In the ‘good old days’ the Poetry challenge was often concerned with different  forms. Not only did the need to stick to a certain (often detailed) format stretch the mind, but it resulted in some quite ‘different’ poetry for the author. This is a ‘Dorsimbra’ from 2007 (see explanation below).


My pen flies o’er the silken paper sheet
To weave a yarn of bitter self-deception.
Alluring are its words, become replete
And ready for a reader’s keen perception.

Read! Absorb the thoughts.
Fly eyes across the lines.
Impale their meaning
On your wit.

’Tis done! You have the meat and gristle now.
The substance and the froth, all rolled in one.
And while you sleet across my golden words,
My pen flies o’er the silken paper sheet.


DORSIMBRA: The Dorsimbra, a poetry form created by Eve Braden, Frieda Dorris and Robert Simonton, is a set form of three stanzas of four lines each. Since the Dorsimbra requires three different sorts of form writing, enjambment can help to achieve fluidity between stanzas, while internal rhymes and near-rhymes can help tie the stanzas together.
Stanza One: Four lines of Shakespearean sonnet (iambic pentameter rhymed abab).
Stanza Two: Four lines of short and snappy free verse.
Stanza Three: Four lines of iambic pentameter blank verse, where the last line repeats the first line of Stanza One.

© e-griff 2023
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