La Senteur du Samedi

Saturday spritzes its cologne,
fresh market trips and onion domes,
the awnings coated green with lime;
we’ve washed them now a thousand times.

Saturday noon, a silly smell,
grassy thrill of a young schoolgirl,
church tiles like artwork that won’t sell;
they’ve washed them now a thousand times.

Saturday evening, dab of musk,
time to take off the weekday husk,
dried out hands, etched lyrical lines;
I’ve washed them now a thousand times.

Saturday midnight, red flare blooms,
streetlights smolder and feelings loom,
my mind’s a saucer soaked with grime;
you’ve washed it now for the last time.

This Saturday’s Lucky Dip – Compose a Kyrielle. Join Us!

A Kyrielle is a French form of rhyming poetry written in quatrains (a stanza consisting of 4 lines), and each quatrain contains a repeating line or phrase as a refrain (usually appearing as the last line of each stanza). Each line within the poem consists of only eight syllables. There is no limit to the amount of stanzas a Kyrielle may have, but three is considered the accepted minimum.


  1. No guess required here; I’m loving this one! Not much of a form guy myself (with the exception of sevenlings, shadormas, haiku, senryu, tanka, ghazal, and the occasional Limerick), but I might just give this a whirl sometime. Very cool Thanks.

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    • Thank you, Ron. Super kind comment. I haven’t dabbled in sevenlings or shadormas, but I will look into them. I’m changing my ways, I guess, in seeing the value of form. Hope you’re having a good weekend.


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