Old Rose: A Rhupunt*


Old Rose: A Rhupunt*
(A Fictional Love Letter)

Exudes radiance
sweet, soft fragrance
amid thorn’s glance
my heart sighs fine.

Bold red now fades
with days you aged
my love’s not caged
you are still mine.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Ravi Pinisetti

In response to Daily Post: Tricky and Napowrimo Day 8.


Today, I challenge you to add your own poem to this long tradition, by finding a flower, and versifying in its honor.


Rhupunt, rhée-pint is as old as Welsh poetry and is found in the earliest writings in the Black Book of Carmarthen (late 12th century). It is the 13th codified Welsh meter, an Awdl,

The Rhupunt is:

  • written in a single line with optional length. It may be written in 3, 4, or 5, four syllable phrases. The phrases are mono-rhymed, all except the last phrase.
  • most often paired with another rhupunt to form a rhyming couplet.
  • stanzaic, the stanza length is optional since the line can be separated by phrase into a triplet, quatrain or cinquain, depending on the number of phrases written.
  • rhymed. The internal mono-rhyme changes from line to line or if separated, from stanza to stanza but the end syllable of the line is a linking rhyme from line to line or if separated, stanza to stanza.
    xxx A xxx A (xxx A) (xxx A) xxx B
    xxx C xxx C (xxx C) (xxx C) xxx Bx x x A
    x x x A
    x x x A
    x x x B

    x x x C
    x x x C
    x x x C
    x x x B

57 thoughts on “Old Rose: A Rhupunt*”

    1. yay! thank you Mel! I am also just discovering these forms. I just think of the title for the prompt, then whatever letter my main theme will have, i’ll search for a poetic form with that letter. (am i making sense? HAHA) for example, this poem is about Rose, so I looked for a poetic form that starts with R. 😀

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      1. This morning my email (blogs I follow by email) from WordPress didn’t come into my email so I don’t know what is going on with WordPress. Can you tell me if you received the FFfAW Challenge post in your email today? I sent it out this afternoon and I can’t tell if it went out to the participants. I would appreciate it!! Thank you!!

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  1. Goodness gracious! I never knew so many forms of poetry existed. The scent, the colour and even the flower ages but your love never will. I love it! 🙂 ❤

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