This morning I was woken by the sound of birdsong,
a faint and distant tiny tin whistle of a song,
as I lay in the cosy comfort of my warm bed
and contemplated getting up and whistling along.
Pulling a woolly sweater over my tousled head,
I stepped outside, where a two-toned light began to spread,
permeating clouds with a wash of yellow and pink,
and disturbed icy dewdrops where my feet dared to tread.
The ground beneath dark shadows that caused my feet to sink
was covered with a veil of frost that silvered night’s ink.
I searched for the tinkling source of my broken slumber
but the bird had fallen silent as the dawn sky pinked,
Kim M. Russell, 31st January 2019
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar Poetry Forms: The Rubaiyat
Frank is our host this week with another form to exercise our poetic muscles in a continuation of our poetry forms series.
After the sonnet we have the rubaiyat, the basic unit of which is the ruba’i. Frank has provided us with a background history, information on basic structure, meter and rhyme schemes, and asks us to write a ruba’i or rubaiyat. He has also shared an example to inspire us: Robert Frost’s ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’.