Kryptonite: A Kyrielle


Kryptonite: A Kyrielle
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

Beneath the tenacious facade,
envy and doubt’s nest has been made,
pushing out contentment and might,
everyone’s got a kryptonite.

Beaming smiles, pretentious laughters,
deep inside lies despaired monsters,
eating hopes inside frail young heart
everyone’s got a kryptonite.

Breaking free of the tainted past,
criminal mind erased at last,
then pregnant wife was killed one night,
everyone’s got a kryptonite.

Photo credit: Redd Angelo

In response to Blogging from A to Z ChallengeK is for Kyrielle.


Kyrielle, a member of the Lai Family of forms, is a narrative stanzaic form with a refrain attributed to the troubadours of the Middle Ages. The name kyrielle comes from Kyrie eleison (Lord Have Mercy) in the Kyrie, which is sung or chanted as part of the Catholic Mass as well as some other Christian liturgies during the season of Lent.

The Kyrielle is:

  • a narrative, it tells a story.
  • stanzaic, most commonly written in a minimum of 3 quatrains. Occasionally it is written in rhyming couplets.
  • syllabic, each line is 8 syllables. In English it is often written in iambic tetrameter.
  • written with a refrain in the 4th line of the quatrain or when written in rhyming couplets the refrain is 2nd line of the couplet.
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme may vary. Quatrain options abaB, cbcB, dbdB, or abbA accA or aabB ccbB or axaB cxcB B being the refrain and x being unrhymed. Couplets aA bB cC dD etc.

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70 thoughts on “Kryptonite: A Kyrielle”

    1. hi there! thank you very much for the award! i really appreciate it! 🙂
      on the other hand, mine’s an award-free blog already. 😦 sorry for that dear.
      nonetheless, thank you very much! ❤


  1. Quick question: is this line “Breaking free of the tainted pass” supposed to say “tainted past”? I wasn’t sure if that was a typo or creative expression.

    Regardless, I love your choice of the word kryptonite. It just evokes so much feeling and references and the word itself is fun to read and say 😀 I agree, everyone has their own kryptonite but it’s up to them to succumb to it or be stronger in spite of it. Beautiful poem, Rosema ❤

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    1. Dear Jade, I am sooooooooooo thankful for your keen eyes. I have been waiting for a reader like you, someone brave enough to tell me something is wrong. And yes, it is a typo error (now edited). So THANK YOU so much! 😀 😀 😀

      Yes, kryptonite has an interesting ‘feel’ on its own. and we should really be stronger to go beyond our own Kryptonite! thank you again, Jade! ❤

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  2. Happy new day, Rosema! (Still yesterday here.) I felt a song quality in the poem from the metre and the word choice and arrangement. Then I learned from you about the tie of the form to the Middle Ages, when I believe the Kyrie was always sung. So what we hide is kryptonite, ready to hurt us. Sad, perilous truth.

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