Form Verses Creativity ~ zejel

David & Sangeetha‘s new poetry project

David of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and I began a fun poetry partnership in April. We just celebrated writing together a 100 verse renga, The Hyakuin  And within days, decided we would absolutely love to continue our writing collaboration and what has grown to be a warm friendship with a new poetry project

We’ve decided to explore poetry forms, one each from A to Z. Each week one of us chooses a poetry form the other responds to. David suggested we title it Form verses creativity  This week we are writing  a Zejel .  We’d love it if you want to respond with a Zejel of your own!

Z: Zejel

David’s Zejel

Ends are beginnings if we will
Continue together until
We come to feel we've lost the thrill.

The tail end of the alphabet
Offers poets a fresh reset;
Certainly, we are worn, and yet
Versing is how we hone our skill.

As one, we've found no greater fun
Than exchanging fine stanzas spun,
Knowing our journey's just begun,
For our bards' hearts can't be fulfilled!

Therefore, our words shall continue
To sing, as they have come to do;
It's how we endlessly renew
Ourselves, and fresh insights distill.

Sangeetha, the honor's been mine
To devour your each line divine
And humble rhymes to intertwine.
... You're my beloved partner still.

Sangeetha’s Zejel

In ends, always are beginnings
Where imagination wears wings
Where we wake worlds with our writings

On Streams of wonder, verses flow,
Zephyrs of friendship gently blow
Sands of time script our tomorrows
Filled with joy that poetry brings

In rhyme we tap our feet and dance
Words weave tales when we take a chance
And with crayons, we draw new plans
All synced up, our one heart sings

We'll write poems on paper-boats
Together we will let them float
Beneath eyelids where life emotes
You and I will make beginnings

Dearest David, you say it best
In words beautifully honest
Touching life with tenderness
You're the one... the most inspiring!

Zejel?

  • The first stanza has three lines, rhyming aaa;
  • All other stanzas – as many of them as you like – have 4 lines, rhyming bbba;
    • The a rhyme harking back to the first stanza;
    • The overall rhyming scheme for the poem is aaa/bbba/ccca/ddda/…
  • Colloquial language tends to be used, and 8-syllable lines are usual (though not obligatory)

David & Sangeetha‘s Form Verses Creativity

  1. The Alouette
  2. The Balance
  3. The Candlelight
  4. The Dizain
  5. The Etheree
  6. The Florette
  7. The Ghazal
  8. The Hexaduad
  9. The Italian octave
  10. The Jue Ju
  11. The Kimo
  12. The Limerick
  13. The Marianne
  14. The Nocturna
  15. The Ottava Rima
  16. The Pathya Vat
  17. The Quintilla
  18. The Retrac
  19. The Sijo
  20. The Tritina
  21. The Ukiah
  22. The Verso-Rhyme
  23. The Waltz Wave
  24. The Lira
  25. The Yadu
  26. The Zejel

14 thoughts on “Form Verses Creativity ~ zejel

  1. As I said on David’s blog – “And this collaboration ends but not the friendship! I love both poems and I’m just a little sad that you’ve worked through the whole alphabet already!” This has been a wonderful partnership that has enriched us all… Lovely verses every one!

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    1. You are just so wonderful to have read all of them and been with us through all 26 letters! 🤗 Thank you
      David and I want to start another series…i hope you will read us

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