WD Poetic Form Challenge: Seguidilla

I’m hoping to announce the winner of the cyrch a chwta poetic form challenge on Monday, but in the meantime, I hope you’re ready for the next WD Poetic Form Challenge: Seguidilla!

Find the rules for writing seguidillas here. It’s a Spanish 7-liner that weaves together 5- and 7-syllable lines. Fun stuff.

So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a chance to be published in Writer’s Digest magazine–as part of the Poetic Asides column. (Note: You have to log in to the site to post comments/poems; creating an account is free.)

Here’s how the challenge works:

  • Challenge is free. No entry fee.
  • The winner (and sometimes a runner-up or two) will be featured in a future edition of Writer’s Digest magazine as part of the Poetic Asides column.
  • Deadline 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time) on August 23, 2018.
  • Poets can enter as many seguidillas as they wish. The more “work” you make for me the better, but remember: I’m judging on quality, not quantity.
  • All poems should be previously unpublished. If you have a specific question about your specific situation, just send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com. Or just write a new seguidilla. They’re fun to write; I promise.
  • I will only consider seguidillas shared in the comments below. It gets too confusing for me to check other posts, go to other blogs, etc.
  • Speaking of posting, if this is your first time, your comment may not appear immediately. However, it should appear within a day (or 3–if shared on the weekend). So just hang tight, and it should appear eventually. If not, send me an e-mail at the address above.
  • Please include your name as you would like it to appear in print. If you don’t, I’ll be forced to use your user/screen name, which might be something like HaikuPrincess007 or MrLineBreaker. WD has a healthy circulation, so make it easy for me to get your byline correct.
  • Finally–and most importantly–be sure to have fun!


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177 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Seguidilla

  1. Darlene Franklin

    Coloring outside the lines
    Breaks the teacher’s rules
    Poorly coordinated
    Written like a rube
    Picasso ignored
    Forms and redefined the lines
    I’m shaky, not bored

  2. Alice Stainer


    Slow slide against your warm ribs,
    Sultry as Carmen,
    Twist and stamp in fragrant heat,
    Circling through darkness.
    This takes two? Indeed:
    Cold in bed, watch me dancing
    Duos in my dreams.

  3. Haikutopia

    August Morning

    by Sari Grandstaff

    Mournful dog-day cicadas
    tell their tales of woe
    as summer’s departing soon
    back to school we go.
    Window screen patched up,
    in the softly falling rain
    I rinse my teacup.

  4. Troy DeFrates

    They Have What I Need

    They will not say anything
    To someone that has
    Something that they think they need
    Actions which belie
    Look the other way
    Work for your own happiness
    Be truthful today

  5. Troy DeFrates

    Nosey Neighbors

    Nosey neighbors watching keen
    Peering through the glass
    The gossip vine intertwines
    Sassy judgements made
    Live in a glass house
    You should not throw rocks at me
    Give yourself a rest

  6. Jane Shlensky

    Peach Picking

    Consider a peach blushing
    like a little girl
    in love with pinkish sunlight’s
    velvet over pearl.
    Such delights abound
    planted and nourished, sweetness
    ripened, golden, round.

  7. Jane Shlensky

    Garden Fare

    At her stall, she sells the farm
    tomatoes, beans, squash,
    melons and flowers, like art,
    their colors awash.
    In every field,
    her work ripens, awaiting,
    another day’s yield.

  8. Jane Shlensky


    A sough of kindly wind sifts
    through pine trees, oak leaves,
    lifting a breath’s melody
    that heart’s harmony conceives.
    Listen to the breeze
    bear the very pulse of praise
    sinking to its knees.

  9. Jane Shlensky

    That was Then

    The music lilts, then surges
    in an endless flood
    rising, sweeping us along
    pulsing with our blood.
    We travel time’s glance,
    you with her, and me with him,
    and yet, here, we dance.

  10. Jane Shlensky


    He holds the hose as they run
    shrieking through rainbows,
    sliding on wet grass, droplets
    freckling each small nose.
    He becomes light spray
    laughing at children dancing
    in late summer’s play.

  11. Jane Shlensky

    If Need Be

    The greatest sort of kindness
    is fired at hardship’s
    forge, molded in crucibles,
    beat to air’s eclipse.
    So healing begins,
    empathy grows and abides
    beneath our scarred skins.

  12. Niharia

    The Laser

    A glimmer of crimson light
    Dances overhead
    Ghostly sparkle on the wall
    Seems to tease as well:
    “You can’t catch my shine!”
    I leap to pin down the glow
    Paws slip through the sprite.

    by Moira nicholson

  13. Asha1000

    The Magic of Love

    At times it is hormonal
    and can change with age.
    Some folks suffer heartsickness
    and feel life’s a cage.
    Glossed and sugar-brushed,
    two lovers in tight embrace
    feed on fairy dust.

    – Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming

  14. Asha1000

    The Struggles of Hominidae

    Through windows into the past,
    Fossey and Goodall,
    both proteges of Leakey,
    mimicked apish calls.
    Ferned-forest green light
    revealed primates’ wild struggles;
    some killed out of spite.

    = Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming

  15. Asha1000

    The Struggles of Hominidae

    Through windows into the past,
    Fossey and Goodall,
    both proteges of Leakey,
    mimicked apish calls.
    Ferned-forest green light
    revealed primates’ wild struggles;
    some killed out of spite.

    = Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming

  16. grcran


    Wise donkey perks up his ears.
    He hears things, some true.
    Heeds the right ones, often. El
    burro sabe más que tú…
    You hear. And, uncouth,
    employ falsehoods, learn nothing.
    Donkey knows more. Truth.

    gpr crane

  17. Asha1000

    Hide and Seek

    Satellites and drones watching:
    smart eyes in the skies
    tracking herds or human beings
    like aerial spies.
    Is the future bleak?
    Big Brother dystopian
    game of hide and seek?

    – Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming

  18. grcran


    These chemicals we’re made of.
    Stair-step spiralia
    d.n.a. Calcium. Iron.
    Rocks. Plants. Mad Plasma…
    Some probe it, fruitless,
    seeking beams of energy
    within the peach pits.

    gpr crane

  19. grcran

    Sun Othertime

    Sundown. August. Colored peach
    orange, lovely plum.
    Summer. Days so long, too hot.
    Nights, warm and then some…
    Wet comes winter squall.
    Norther chills to the marrow.
    Now, summer sun’s call.

    gpr crane

  20. Troy DeFrates

    Grandma’s Perfume

    Grandma had a special scent
    Just a drop will do
    One small drip behind each ear
    To top off her trip
    The extra hot smell
    Of sugar cookies baked fresh
    Vanilla extract

    1. Troy DeFrates

      Grandma’s Perfume (revised)

      Grandma had a special scent
      Just a drop will do
      One small touch behind each ear
      To top off her trip
      The extra hot smell
      Of sugar cookies baked fresh
      Vanilla extract

  21. Troy DeFrates

    Vine Ripened

    A vine ripened big ruby
    Glistening with red
    A handful of pure treasure
    Bounty harvested
    An invitation
    To enjoy nature’s delight
    I love tomatoes

  22. Asha1000


    It is the unexpected
    dog barking at night
    or police siren warning
    that causes heart fright.
    It’s lovely dreaming
    of bright red light when it’s Mars
    not alarms screaming.

    – Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming

  23. Asha1000


    Love blooms like night cereus,
    it’s fragrance heady –
    frangipani or jasmine,
    sometimes unsteady.
    The photograph sits
    on the old dressing table:
    lovers locked in kiss.

    – Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming

  24. Troy DeFrates

    The Hermit

    Hermit the crab hides away
    Refusing to show
    Any weakness had
    Choosing to not know
    Love again purely
    The joy of sharing a life
    Surely there is hope

  25. Troy DeFrates


    Emotions that are stunted
    Creating coldness
    Words spoken blunt without care
    Expressionless smiles
    Learning to forgive
    Letting the pain go freely
    Yearning to live loved

  26. Troy DeFrates

    Butterflies And Rainbows

    Seeking something to feel good
    A rainbow up high
    Encouraging words
    Butterflies adrift
    A fantasy land
    Given a moment of peace
    Distraction from pain

  27. Troy DeFrates

    Surviving Versus Thriving

    When you’re thriving you have hope
    To help and improve
    To the future you do look
    Standing upright tall
    Surviving today
    Tomorrow is a new fight
    Living hand to mouth

  28. Spencer Leroy


    Alone I feel your presence
    I try, must ignore
    Frail I am versus your strength
    Survival a chore
    Rumors of others
    Are now for all to be seen
    Expose your brothers

  29. Stephanie Gage

    The Octopus

    The octopus walks the floor
    at night hidden by
    a coconut; with arms that
    rove this genius hunts
    With a shifting mind
    and a body that morphs, he
    searches for his crab.

  30. Troy DeFrates

    A Backhanded Apology

    Threats and misbehavior felt
    Feeling justified
    To rant and have a tantrum
    Seeing their true side
    It was all your fault
    Backhanded apology
    You made me do it

  31. Troy DeFrates

    The Fall Butterflies

    The crisp bright yellow carpet
    Of fields painted gold
    The fall butterflies whisping
    Rolling on the breeze
    Nature has a brush
    To paint the green grass yellow
    Rushing into the fall

  32. jsing

    By Jennifer Singleton

    What is truth to a stranger?
    words etched in warm air
    interrupting cornered thoughts
    bartering for care.
    I crave the sunshine
    its honesty lies in warmth
    to bask is divine.

  33. Cam Yee


    Low brown notes of the fado
    float over stone streets.
    And all the blind alleys writhe
    with the smoke of song.
    We are strangers here,
    to this Portugese evening,
    with its dark, soft voice.

  34. Troy DeFrates

    How Many Times

    How many times can you count
    The stars in the sky
    The raindrops caressing cheeks
    The dry falling leaves
    Time without measure
    Passing you by quietly
    Never to be seen

  35. Troy DeFrates

    Misplaced Anger

    Someone else made you do it
    Triggers with no end
    You remind me of my ex
    Sends you off ranting
    Benefit of doubt
    Vehemence and blame misplaced
    Love them through the pain

  36. Troy DeFrates


    A caress in the morning
    A nuzzle of love
    Water dancing with the sun
    The tug of a fish
    No longer caring
    Of what others think of me
    A life lived in full

  37. Troy DeFrates

    The End Is Near

    Fourth quarter with ten seconds
    The curtains are drawn
    Words said never taken back
    Certain of the end
    Unknown horizons
    A leap of faith, no return
    There is no more fear

  38. lsteadly

    Wow Is She

    Stormy seas claim much these days
    homes, souls, so much lost
    welcome to our new normal
    rebuild at what cost
    See how a heart breaks
    another wave crashes in
    disperses love’s aches

  39. Haikutopia

    Hidden Exposure

    by Sari Grandstaff

    After the meeting wraps up
    I wait for a word,
    Hovering by the cooler
    Like a hummingbird.
    During the daylight
    Meteors streak through the sky
    An unnoticed sight.

  40. Troy DeFrates

    The Purveyor

    Happiness in a bottle
    A pure love potion
    Just a little goes quite far
    The lure of easy
    Made in your own mind
    You already had it held
    It was there to find

  41. Troy DeFrates

    Some Wishes Come True

    We had wished for life boring
    Life in the fast lane
    Dishes of exotic food
    Our marriage was slain
    Now I sit alone
    Our wish had come true for each
    Her heart cold as stone

  42. Troy DeFrates


    Camoflauge around my heart
    Expressionless eyes
    Vanilla emotions shown
    Depression hidden
    Hiding from yourself
    Reality shines a light
    Trying to expose


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