I have a couple apologies to make. First, I don’t have the November PAD Challenge finalists and winner decided just yet (though I’m shooting to have it finished by Valentine’s Day). Second, I got completely twisted around on the rondel form (multiple times)–confusing all those capital and lowercase A’s and B’s and a’s and b’s.
As a result of my mistake, some of the rondels written were mixed up too–but I did not hold that against any of the rondels as I read them. Instead, I judged them all as if they were written the correct way. So what ultimately is the correct form? Here it is: ABba/abAB/abbaA
And let me tell you, there were many great rondels. In fact, my regular Top 10 list is this time a Top 20 list with one winner: William J. Preston.
Songstress, by William J. Preston
She sings the songs of other days,
when life was bright and love was whole;
she sings as though it were her goal
to make of blues a hymn of praise.
Her melodies recall the ways
of lilies laughing on a knoll;
she sings the songs of other days,
when life was bright and love was whole
and lovers, lost in life’s great plays,
were wont to revel in the role
of helpmeet to the other’s soul.
And so, with grace that might amaze,
she sings the songs of other days.
And here’s the rest of the Top 20:
- “Songstress,” by William J. Preston
- “Five Years Gone,” by Kelli Simpson
- “Wedding Interrupted,” by Nancy Posey
- “Live-Oak,” by Taylor Graham
- “Camels,” by RJ Clarken
- “Whom,” by Quake Tornieri
- “Lambing,” by Susan Budig
- “The snow drifts down,” by bluerabbit47
- “The better part of valor,” by Andrew Kreider
- “Blizzard,” by William J. Preston
- “Rondel,” by Kris Bigalk
- “Uneven Ground,” by Jane Shlensky
- “A Cold War,” by Kit Cooley
- “Mismatched,” by Nancy Posey
- “Inspiration,” by Andrew Kreider
- “The Truth of Dementia,” by Susan Budig
- “If I Were an Origami Artist,” by RJ Clarken
- “Winter,” by Kate Wells
- “I just wonder where my cat went,” by Diana Terrill Clark
- “Without the Veil,” by Michael Grove
Congratulations to everyone in the Top 20! And thank you so much to everyone who participated in this challenge! As much as the rondel twisted me around, I loved reading the form, because it has a very musical quality to it.
Keep your eyes open. There’s sure to be another challenge around the corner.
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