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NaPoWriMo - 09/30 - "Ice cubes in the glass again"

Here’s my attempt at a “Rondeau” French poetic form… I have honestly never heard of it before but I like it already! If any are curious, a traditional rondeau consists of: 3 stanzas, 13 original lines, 2 refrains (of the first line of the poem) with 8-10 syllables per line and an A/B rhyme scheme. The skeleton of which looks like this:

Stanza 1

A(Refrain)
A
B

A

Stanza 2

A
A
B
A(Refrain)

Stanza 3

A
A
B
B
A
A(Refrain)

Here we go....
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Ice cubes in the glass again

 

I hear ice cubes fall in the glass again...
This distilled ritual at days end
I ask him what he wants to forget
Before I know it, he’s mixing the next
Drunkenly deaf to a son’s relent

Our time is short and could be better spent
Sober for moments before the descent
Bottled spirits haunt my few memories kept
I hear ice cubes fall in the glass again...

Jack and Jim are his closest friends
Yet less a friendship than a reverence
To this demon he is helpless and vexed
Talent with aging ambitions regressed
A son on the rocks; a drink left to blend
I hear ice cubes fall in the glass again...