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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    1. 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.


    1. Why didn’t I see this comment last night? Maybe the wine.Thank you, kindly, John. It was fun to try on the shapely hat of the Kyrielle. Might try on more poetry shapes in the future, just to see if a brilliant outfit emerges.


      1. It’s like when you think you’ve lost your flat key, then are so glad when it’s been in your back pocket all night. Yeah, the blind of the wine, for sure. 😃

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