A sestina of bare bones

(after the tale of briar rabbit)

briar

heart

flank

stories

running

sun

sun

briar

running

heart

stories

flank

flank

sun

stories

briar

heart

running

running

flank

heart

sun

briar

stories

stories

running

briar

flank

sun

briar

stories

stories

running

briar

flank

sun

heart

heart

stories

sun

running

flank

briar

briar

flank

running

A sestina is a poem with six stanzas of six lines and a final triplet, all stanzas having the same six words at the line-ends in six different sequences that follow a fixed pattern, and with all six words appearing in the closing three-line envoi.

One of my favorite poetic forms, aside from the haiku, is the sestina. The repetition and forced cadence of the form is very comforting to read, almost lulling, and every sestina I have encountered sends me into a happy state of catatonia.

It is not the same when I actually try writing a sestina. Whenever I try to write a sestina my brain breaks and the words sound terrible. So I usually don’t write sestinas, or I haven’t tried in a very long time.

During my revisions of Lupercalia I thought it would be a great idea to add a sestina to the collection. Why, I don’t know. But I tried and tried and couldn’t make it work and THEN I thought: I like the repetition, I like the end words, why not just make the poem with the end words? And I did and it tells the same story I wanted to convey through a more fleshed out poem but better because it’s jarring and blunt.

Is it still technically a sestina, though? Probably not but I don’t care. It’s an experimental, hybrid monster sestina and I love it very much.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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