The Paradelle

Hello Poetry Lovers

Discovering American poet Billy Collins, in a second-hand poetry book sale, I was drawn in by his honest style. Not to mention the paradelle form that he used for the following poem.

Has anyone tried this?! What a swine to do! Basically, there are 4 stanzas with the last two lines having to use their above words precisely, then the fourth stanza has to use all the words of the poem.

Confused? – you will be. Read on…

Paradelle for Susan

I remember the quick, nervous bird of your love. 

I remember the quick, nervous bird of your love.

Always perched on the thinnest, highest branch.

Always perched on the thinnest, highest branch. 

Thinnest love, remember the quick branch.  

Always nervous, I perched on your highest bird the.   

It is time for me to cross the mountain.

It is time for me to cross the mountain. 

And find another shore to darken with my pain. 

And find another shore to darken with my pain. 

Another pain for me to darken the mountain. 

And find the time, cross my shore, to with it is to. 

The weather warm, the handwriting familiar. 

The weather warm, the handwriting familiar. 

Your letter flies from my hand into the waters below. 

Your letter flies from my hand into the waters below. 

The familiar waters below my warm hand. 

Into handwriting your weather flies you letter the from the. 

I always cross the highest letter, the thinnest bird. 

Below the waters of my warm familiar pain,

Another hand to remember your handwriting. 

The weather perched for me on the shore. 

Quick, your nervous branch flew from love. 

Darken the mountain, time and find was my into it was

       with to to. 

Billy Collins

Wonderful, but difficult, although I know a certain talented poet has come up with (a frankly better) one. I’m still at the coalface, and I don’t like to admit defeat.

Okay, PL’s, I challenge you to come up with one of these. In fact, I demand it.

Thanks for visiting, Poetry Lovers Stay tuned, same time, same channel

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