Trian Rannaigechta Moire

The following description is reposted with permission from Poetry Magnum Opus, with thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on that fine resource and to Barbara Hartman for the example.

Trian Rannaigechta Moire is a dan direach meter of ancient Celtic or Irish Verse Forms written in short lines with consonant rhyme, cywddydd (harmony of sound) and dunadh (beginning and ending the poem with the same word, syllable or phrase.

The elements of the Trian Rannaigechta Moire are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains,
  2. each line has 4 syllables.
  3. rhymed xaba xcdc etc. The end words of all lines consonate.
  4. written with aicill rhyme when the end word of L3 is a 2 syllable word. The 2 syllable end word of L3 is only a trigger for the aicill rhyme. It is not mandatory that any line end with a 2 syllable word.
    x x x x
    x x x a
    x x (x b) (when end word is 2 syllables, the b rhyme is repeated internally in L4)
    x b x a

    x x x x
    x x x c
    x x x d (note: single syllable end word, d rhyme is not repeated internally in L4)
    x x x c

    In the following poem all of the criteria is met except to consonate all of the end words of each quatrain. We have to remember the poem always comes first before the traditional form criteria and it probably would have been easier to consonate the end words if written in the original Gaelic. Something we often forget about emulating verse forms from different cultures and languages, the criteria doesn’t always easily translate into English.

    Trickster Time by Barbara Hartman

    Spring storm dumps snow,
    glazes green clumps,
    bends bows low
    to grow huge humps.

    March makes mischief:
    tricksters take wing
    practicing pranks
    on silly Spring.

My Example

Form: Trian Rannaigechta Moire

Only Gold

Vain little ride
on mountain road
could not get rid
of fears that rode.

We paid our dues-
those cold harsh days
passed bucks and does;
searched in a daze.

We stopped the van,
found a gold vein,
but lost my dog;
we’d searched in vain.

© Lawrencealot – February 4, 2015

This poet abandoned consonance in the penultimate line for sake of a powerful closing couplet, and an unspoken tribute to the difficulties handled by the ancient Celtics.

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The following description and examples are reposted with permission from Shadow Poetry, with thanks to Emily Romano and Jan Turner.

The Pictorial, created by Emily Romano is a type of shape poem, where the entire poem must be printed in slanting lines indicative of the thought in those lines. The poem should consist of three lines with five words or less per line. There should be rhyme somewhere in the poem, either end rhyme or internal rhyme.

Example #1:
See                       and                         rippling
      how                      how                               like
             the                        the                                waves
                  roof                       sunlight                             along
                         slopes                          follows                          hollows

Copyright © 2007 Emily Romano

Example #2:
                    shows                       rows:                     glows!
           moon                     beyond                 pumpkin
Rising                      rows                      each

Copyright © 2007 Emily Romano

Example #3:
Migration (Double Pictorial)

The                            my                            for                      that
    skies                         soul                           it                         all
         are                         seeks                         is                        cares
            where                      peace                      there                      cease.

            sees                        flight                        geese                     right.
         one                        shaped                       of                        seems
    when                         v-                            flocks                   world
For                             the                           of                       the	

Copyright © 2007 Jan Turner

My Example

Form: Double Pictorial
Note: I saw from the above example the the poet has some leeway on the number of lines.

Puppy Rescue

                    but found the task too hard.       The pup fell from above
               then carried him far up                               and landed in my yard.
        from the pup’s own yard                                           So give your puppy love

Lawrencealot – January 30, 2015

Short Rondel

The Short Rondel might better be described as a short Rondeau than Rondel because this form uses the rentrement or first phrase of L1 as a refrain rather than the full line as in the Rondel.

The Short Rondel is:
○ a poem in 11 lines made up of sixain followd by a quintain.
○ isosyllabic, often 8 syllalbe lines, except for L6 & L11 which are the shorter first phrase of L1.
○ rhymed, rhyme scheme aabbcC ddeeC.

r r r C x x x a
x x x x x x x a
x x x x x x x b
x x x x x x x b
r r r C
x x x x x x x d
x x x x x x x d
x x x x x x x e
x x x x x x x e
r r r C

Pasted from Poetry Magnum Opus, with thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My Example

Form: Short Rondel

I Walk My Dog

I walk my dog to let him pee
on damn near every pole we see.
We do not walk to get somewhere,
before we started we were there.
In bright sunshine and in the fog
I walk my dog.

He’s introduced me to new folk
with whom we now will stop and joke.
The children love my little guy
and that is really part of why
I walk my dog.

© Lawrencealot – January 24, 2015

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Retournello: Created by Flozari Rockwood
Any number of quatrains.
Syllabic Count: 4-6-8-4
Rhyme Scheme: a-b-b-a c-d-d-c e-f-f-e etc.

Doomsday: May 21, 2011

4a Some say Doomsday
6b earthquake cracks open graves.
8b Only the Christian dead God saves.
4a The rest Earth’s prey.
4c Believers rise–
6d the living and the dead,
8d rest in torment is what is said.
4c Fill crowded skies?
4e To date Rapture
6f some claim Bible reckons
8f October end of world beckons.
4e Left to nature.
4g We’ll wait and see
6h this is just another guess.
8h Time will tell if this time it’s yes–
4g this prophesy
My Thanks to Linda Varsell Smith for her contributions above.

My example

Our Parrot (Form: Retournello)

A neon green
and neon carrot bird
wears other colors quite absurd.
Isn’t it keen?

© Lawrencealot – January 13, 2015

Written for contest, exactly 15 words.

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Triname or Triple Acrostic

Triname Acrostic is a combination Compound Acrostic and a Mesostich. It was introduced by Patricia A Farnsworth-Simpson. The title should be the same as the word spelled in the left margin.

Triname Acrostic is a combination Compound Acrostic and a Mesostich. It was introduced by Patricia A Farnsworth-Simpson. The title should be the same as the word spelled in the left margin.
The Triname is:

  • strophic, the number of lines written at the discretion of the poet.
  • metered at the poet’s discretion.
  • unrhymed.
  • composed with words spelled out by the first letter at left margin, the center and the right margin of the poem.

Sweet Kitty

Sx xx Kxx xP
Wxx xI xxU
Ex T xxxR
E xxxTxx xR
Tx Y xxxS

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Since There was no poem provided with the message characters above, I decided to write one.

Sweet Kitty Purrs

Sometimes a Kitten wakes me uP
With a soft Intimate miaoU
Edging closer To where I slumbeR
Earning thus The permit to purR
Then I say Yes! I love those soundS

© Lawrencealot – October 28, 1024

According to the specs, the title ought be “Sweet”.


• Circlet is a shape poem outlining a circle. It was created by Bena Parks and was found in Pathways for the Poet by Viola Berg 1977.

The Circlet is:
○ a decastich, a 10 line poem made up of 2 cinquains.
○ syllabic, 2-4-6-8-10 10-8-6-4-2 syllables per line.
○ rhymed, rhyme scheme Abcde edcbA.
○ composed with L1 repeated as L10.

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To approximate a circle this poem should be centered on the page.

My example

Possessive Pet (Circlet)

an iguana
a monkey, or a pig
would make a fun and charming pet –
I’ve got downright possessive Yorkshire dog
who’d not share with lizard, monkey, or hog

and I’d not leave him on a bet.|
Mom might get one I’d dig,
but aint gonna 

© Lawrencealot – October 9,2014

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American 767 poetry form

American 767
Created by Dennis L. Dean; rules: syllable count 7,6,7 and must have a bug in it.

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Many Thanks to Christina R Jussaume for her work on the Poetry Styles site.


Specifications restated:

The form is:
A poem of 3 lines
Syllabic: 7/6/7
Meter or Rhyme not required
Formulaic: Must mention some type of bug.

My example

What Bugs You? (American 767)

While a beetle is a bug
and thus can irritate,
it’s arachnids that I hate.

© Lawrencealot – October 4, 2014


The Caprice form was invented in a whimsical moment by Mary Lou Healy, aka Mlou on

The caprice is:
Stanzaic: It is a poem consisting of any number of cinquain stanzas
Metered: It is written in iambic pentameter except for L2 of each stanza being iambic dimeter
Rhyme Pattern: ababa cdcdc efefe, etc.

What Meaning by Mlou

What meaning in an autumn afternoon
when the sun, low sinking in the west
goes down too soon,
when breeze that whispered, dear, I love you best,
now sighs the farewell notes of mournful loon?

The chill that rattles every browning leaf
echoes through my blood and stills my bones
beyond belief.
I grudge the ticking clock those mellowed tones,
knowing Time is an accomplished thief.

I fear that falling leaves can’t be denied,
can’t be returned to limbs now growing bare
although I’ve tried.
Those melancholy endings float on air
and mirror my forebodings deep inside.


My example

Community Pup  (Caprice)

What pleasure’s taken when I take a stroll.
My puppy patient; anytime I stop
he plays his role.
For meeting folks, my dog’s a natural prop.
But playing ball with kids is his real goal.

We walk three quarters of a mile each way;
a park with slides and swings is near the school
where dogs can play.
The kids think playing catch with Griz is cool,
so now we do it nearly everyday.

I walk because the doctor said I should
but stopping at the park is just for Griz,
And that is good.
Each day before school starts that’s where he is,
and he’s well-known throughout our neighborhood.

© Lawrencealot – September 6, 2014

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Pathways for the Poet by Viola Berg (1977) is a book for and by educators. Classic poetic forms as well as many invented forms which appear to have been invented as teaching tools or exercizes for use in workshops or classrooms are included. Some of these invented forms I have found in use in internet poetry communities, a testament to their staying power. On this page I include the metric invented forms found there in which appear to be exclusive to the community of educators from whom Ms. Berg drew her support. I have yet to find these in any other source. I have included the syllabic invented forms on a separate page. Whether classroom exercise or sharpening your skill as a writer, some of these forms can be fun to play with.

• The Decannelle was made popular in 1949 when it was published in a poetry magazine. It was created by Joseph Nutter. The odd numbered lines have unrhymed feminine endings, while the even number lines have rhymed masculine endings.

The Decannelle is:
○ a decastich, a poem in 10 lines.
○ metered, trochaic tetrameter, alternating 8-7-8-7-8-7-8-7-8-7 syllables causing the odd numbered lines to end with feminine end words.
○ rhymed, xaxaxaxbxb with the x being unrhymed. 

Deaf Tones by Judi Van Gorder

Beethoven, romantic genius,
Maestro plays from deep inside.
Music deigned to reign forever
fingers flick and stroke then glide
over and under the tenor octave
tones that flow as if the tide.
Swelling sonics soar and pulses
race along unsanctified.
Never halting ever daunting
hearing gone, continued stride.
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My example

Toenails (Decanelle)
Castanet-like clicking rhythm
Sounds its way across my floor.
as my Boston Terrier doggy
plays her acapella score.
Pleasant tapping sounds announcing
soon a stranger at my door.
Barking’s been subdued by others
for her vocal cords were cut;
None-the-less she makes her presence
known, and lets me know what’s what.

© Lawrencealot – September 5, 2014

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Bestiary is verse or prose in which characteristics are assigned to real or imaginary animals to teach moral or religious beliefs. It is always allegoricaland often mystical. It is the descendant of the Physiologus and a stylized variation of the Bestiary is the Alphabestiary.

The stories usually come from fables in ancient mythology. Aesop’s Fables are a prime example. Here is just one:

The Fox and the Goat
By an unlucky chance a Fox fell into a deep well from which he could not get out. A Goat passed shortly afterwards, and asked the Fox what he was doing down there. “Oh, have you not heard?” said the Fox; “there is going to be a great drought, so I jumped down here in order to be sure to have water by me. Why don’t you come down too?”
The Goat thought well of this advice, and jumped down into the well. But the Fox immediately jumped on her back, and by putting his foot on her long horns managed to jump up to the edge of the well. “Good-bye, friend,” said the Fox.
Remember next time… Never trust the advise of a man in difficulty.
And I just can’t resist including this:
How the Camel Got His Hump by Rudyard Kipling

The Camel’s hump is an ugly lump
Which well you may see at the Zoo;
But uglier yet is the hump we get
From having too little to do.
Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo,
If we haven’t enough to do-oo-oo,
We get the hump–
Cameelious hump–
The hump that is black and blue!
We climb out of bed with a frouzly head,
And a snarly-yarly voice.
We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
At our bath and our boots and our toys;
And there ought to be a corner for me
(And I know’ there is one for you)
When we get the hump–
Cameelious hump–
The hump that is black and blue!
The cure for this ill is not to sit still,
Or frowst with a book by the fire;
But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
And dig till you gently perspire;
And then you will find that the sun and the wind,
And the Djinn of the Garden too,
Have lifted the hump–
The horrible hump–
The hump that is black and blue!
I get it as well as you-oo-oo–
If I haven’t enough to do-oo-oo!
We all get hump–
Cameelious hump–
Kiddies and grown-ups too!
• The Physiologus is said to be the predecessor of the Bestiary although I am hard pressed to find much distinction between the two. The Physiologus dates back to the 2nd century AD Greece and is attributed to an unknown author. It is a didactic allegory for the resurrection and incarnation of Christ.

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I see no need to create one of my own, being no set form to illustrate.