My 7 Word Itch for April

7 word itch picIt’s usually pretty easy for me to come up with a Seven Word Itch poem. I don’t put much thought into it; I just focus on getting all 7 words in there any way I can. This month I decided to try something a little different. I decided to write my poem as a rondeau, a form that originated in medieval France.

The rondeau is traditionally fifteen lines, divided into three stanzas. The stanzas consist of five, four, and six lines respectively. The ninth and fifteenth lines are a partial repeat of the first line. The rhyme scheme usually looks like this (where each “A” line rhymes, each “B” line rhymes, and “R” is the repeated line):

A
A
B
B
A

A
A
B
R

A
A
B
B
A
R

Once again, my seven words for this month are: beautiful, somewhere, technology, animate, hopefully, camp, and focus. Because a couple of the lines of the rondeau repeat, this was especially challenging, as I can only use my 7 words once each. Below is the rondeau I came up with. What do you think? Please keep in mind that what I could say within the poem was constrained by the incorporation of the seven words. This poem doesn’t necessarily reflect my personal sentiment; nor is it probably the best rondeau I could come up with. This was, however, just the kind of poetic challenge I enjoy! I’ve put the “Itch” words in blue to make it easier to pick them out:

Whenever I Go Out

Whenever I go out it seems to rain
And all my aspirations fill the drain:
They live to animate, and then descend.
And lightning isn’t always such a friend.
It only briefly stills the dark’s refrain.

If I were of the sort to entertain
Technology, perhaps I might attain
Repose, but that would surely end
Whenever I go out.

Oh somewhere in the reaches of my brain
My focus, hopefully, will break the chain
And beautiful the day that I attend
A park or camp, the grounds to recommend,
And cease to view the weather with disdain
Whenever I go out.

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