Mont Saint-Michel

I found it only once–
a full seashell
floating where waters rescind,
spiraling to the heavens in grandiosity.

I sojourned in the summer months
to Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel,
a gothic gem
glittering in low-tide generosity.

The blazing sconce
burns bright despite the gale.
The rocky islet’s ornate rim
guards its inner sanctity.

I found faith once,
a dome-shaped bell,
chiming without end
but now its meaning’s lost to me.

© khartless 2021, All Rights Reserved


  • Sana is host for tonight’s Poetics – Exploring the realm of French Literature (first stop, Marseille)
  • Our task this evening is to write a poem that’s loosely based on French ideals and culture.
  • You may opt to share your experience in a poem using the poetic form “Rimas Dissolutas.”
  • Popular with 12th and 13th century French poets, rimas dissolutas is a poem that rhymes and doesn’t rhyme.
  • For instance, each stanza contains no end rhymes, but each line in each stanza rhymes with the corresponding line in the next stanza–sometimes employing an envoi at the end.
  • Join us.
July 2021

28 Comments

  1. This is absolutely stellar 😀 and gosh you look so beautiful in that picture! Especially love the image of the rocky islet and its inner sanctity. Thank you so much for writing to the prompt and sharing your memories with us 💝💝

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  2. Mont St-Michel has always seemed magical to me, and you share your experience here with that magic I have imagined for it. I especially like your use of the form–one of the best I’ve read afa allowing those end rhymes to chime in musically. Very reminiscent of how I imagine a troubadour. might sing for us.

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  3. I really love this… I have very vague memories of visiting there when I was around 10 years old with my family… and then later when I read the Lord of the rings (long before the movies) this is what I thought of when I read about Minas Tirith… love the conclusion of this.

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