Cyrch A Chwta: Poetic Form

Wow! So it’s been almost two months since the last form I’ve covered. So let’s jump right into today’s form: cyrch a chwta!

Cyrch A Chwta Poems

As you might guess from the name, cyrch a chwta is a Welsh poetic form. And like many Welsh forms, this poem involves both end rhymes and internal (or cross) rhymes. Here are the guidelines:

  • Octave stanza (8-line stanza)
  • 7 syllables per line
  • Lines 1-6 and 8 end rhyme together
  • Line 7 cross rhymes with line 8 (internally) on either syllable 3, 4, or 5

Note: The “a” rhyme appears at least 7 times per stanza, so it should be a strong one with plenty of rhyming options.

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Here’s my attempt at a Cyrch A Chwta Poem:

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We shared popcorn from a bowl
watching people swallowed whole
by enterprising sinkholes–
the earth transformed into trolls
claiming some forgotten toll
performed by a giant mole
or perhaps an ancient snake
that can never break its role.

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16 thoughts on “Cyrch A Chwta: Poetic Form

  1. taylor graham

    VERY EARLY SATURDAY

    This most quiet time of day
    before commerce has its say
    just the crows at corvid play
    over pavement empty, gray
    where once was meadow-gay –
    but I didn’t come to stay.
    There’s no traffic near or far
    so my car has right-of-way.

  2. taylor graham

    A BROKEN VASE

    Kitty-sphinx with half-closed eye
    watches puppy on the sly.
    That Chinese vase – by and by
    mistress just might wonder why
    and who’s to blame. Cat’s don’t lie.
    Purr affirms “it was not I.”
    Don’t ask Kitty, she won’t heed.
    Cats don’t need an alibi.

  3. Asha1000

    Temptation

    Sprint along tracks on blurred feet;
    crawl sideways through sand and peat;
    dive deep within folds and pleats:
    temptation to lie is sweet.
    In the sea, all rivers meet,
    eventually. We eat
    words as bitter as coffee
    and pay fees for swindler’s wheat.

    – Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming

  4. taylor graham

    SPRING FANCY

    A country outing. Sky’s cloak
    was blue with a yellow yolk –
    don’t say heaven’s shell is broke.
    Two in love, a gentle yoke
    of tangled grass, a green baroque.
    He’d pluck a bloom – till she spoke.
    Don’t touch, be still and listen:
    it’s just glisten – poison oak!

  5. taylor graham

    WINGS

    Nest built in a tree up high,
    breeze sings bluebird rockabye.
    Birdlings bloom in summer’s eye
    till the leaves begin to sigh:
    “ah but the neighbor cat is sly
    and would like some bluebird pie.”
    From a limb the kitty swings,
    baby birdlings learn to fly.

  6. taylor graham

    88 + 72

    Carrot, balloon, an old shoe –
    carrot our puppy would chew –
    balloon popped out of the blue
    where we walked in woods, we two –
    old shoe with its sole worn through
    from long hikes on rock, in dew.
    All those trails we’ve left behind –
    you remind, memories once new.

  7. Tracy Davidson

    The Wise Man?

    He said life is not a race,
    just take it at your own pace,
    there’s no loss of pride or face
    in settling for second place.
    Ambitious sorts always chase,
    always risk a fall from grace.
    Happy, those who fit the norm,
    life’s boring but warm embrace.

  8. Bruce Niedt

    Package Deal

    Manufacturers destroy
    simple gifts meant for a boy
    or girl, by deflating joy –
    they make packing to annoy.
    Tamper-, theft- proof, that’s their ploy –
    It’s frustrating! (I’m not coy.)
    Extrication: cut, pull, shake –
    I hope I don’t break the toy.

  9. Eileen S

    Carefree Childhood by Eileen Sateriale

    Children went outside to play
    On a beautiful spring day
    Clouds with not one speck of gray
    Singing from branches, blue jays
    The boys engaged in horseplay
    Girls picked colorful bouquets
    The sunshine so very bright
    All loved the light of May Day.

  10. JRSimmang

    SOMETIMES IT’S NOT

    If it waddles front and back,
    and it has a certain knack
    of letting its jaw hang slack
    when babbling yikkety-yak,
    you’re likely to get some flak
    if a wide smile starts to crack.
    What’d be the best of luck
    than a duck that doesn’t quack?

    -JR Simmang

  11. PressOn

    BEWARE THE CYRCH A CHWTA

    This form could mean much trouble,
    like skating on a bubble,
    with rhyming more than double
    and lines brief as a nubble;
    imagine raking rubble
    or shaving iron stubble
    or hitters throwing a fit
    when trying to hit Hubbell.

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