This is a form invented by Lisa Morris, aka Streambed on Allpoetry.

Streambed is so grounded in sonnetry, that it spills over into most everything she writes, but in this case she has decided to become mischievous and play in the muddied waters of Roundeaus and Rondels as well. The SonnetyRondel might better be described as a SonnetyRondeau because this form uses the rentrement or first phrase of L1 as a refrain rather than the full line as in the Rondel.

  • Stanzaic: Three quatrains
  • Metric: Iambic pentameter and di-meter
  • Rhyme Scheme: abaB baaB abaB|
  • Refrained

Streambed’s Example


My Heart is True

My heart is true and ever will be so;
it murmurs love in words, which always new
pour from this ink, and catch you in their flow;
my heart is true.

I know the richness and the truths of you
and listen to your sighs when they ache low
and all your desert’s storming sandy blow.
My heart is true.

The years to come will ease the pain you know
with tenderness, which took deep root and grew
while beauty then, we’ll cultivate and sow;
my heart is true.

© Lisa Morris

My Example


You Know My Mind

You know my mind and always think of me;
and even when my acts may seem unkind,
you know I never meant for them to be,
you know my mind.

You know the warts and flaws you’ll sometimes find
that other people simply cannot see,
and disregard them – how sweet love can be!
You know my mind.

I’m sure I know at least a thing or three –
and love is thoughtful, if it is not blind!
You tolerate my spontaneity.
You know my mind.

© Lawrence Eberhart – July 4, 2016

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