Our friend Grace set a tough (for me, anyway) Form Challenge this week at dVerse Poets. It’s called a Seguidilla and…

The Seguidilla is:
• stanzaic, written in any number of 2 part septets. (7 lines)
• syllabic, 7-5-7-5 : 5-7-5 per line. There is a slight pause between L4 and L5 suggesting L4 should be end-stopped.
• rhymed by assonance xAxABxB or xAxABAB. x being unrhymed. True rhyme is generally not used.
• composed with a volta or change in thought between L4 and L5.

(I note that assonance is preferred over rhyme but, umm…I just can’t; and besides, the sample provided at the site rhymes, sooo…)

Not really my thing but I’m giving it a whirl:



Things I wish I’d left behind
haunt me to this day
denying me any rest;
chasing sleep away.
Might there still be hope?
Maybe I’ll just kneel and pray,
do my best to cope.

dVerse Poets
Poetry Form Challenge
~ Seguidilla ~


13 thoughts on “Inescapable

  1. Sounds like there is plenty of cause to hope! I noticed plenty of rhymes in the examples so I just went for it, I think you did a great job.

  2. This is gorgeously rendered, Ron! No doubt, there are often times when things from the past haunt us and keep us awake at night. 💝

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