Sunday, April 10, 2016

The dog is intent

By THLaird Colyne Stewart, April AS 50 (2016)

The dog is intent
In the window sitting
Barks at those who trespass
As is only fitting

Our lives she protects
From our peaceful neighbours
Who daily go about
Toiling at labours

At the dog shouting
Never who will waver
In her mind a hero
The dog intent, savior.

This poem is written in breccbairdne which were Old Irish quatrains consisting of one 5-syllable line followed by three 6-syllable lines. They rhymed xaxa xbxb (and so on, where the x lines did not rhyme). All end words had two syllables. Poems written in breccbairdne concluded with dĂșnadh (when a poem began and ended on the same letter, word or syllable).

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