Aquiver: An Alouette*

your warm hand’s caress
felt like an arrest
that handcuffs my heart and mind,
that tickles my soul,
that fills up my holes
and send shivers— the best kind.

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

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Word Inspiration: Sarah Doughty of Heartstring Eulogies (Thank you, Sarah!)

*The Alouette(French for Skylark) is a stanzaic invented form with an unusual meter. The form is syllabic with a recommended prominent stress in the 3rd syllable of each line. It was created by Jan Turner. The Alouette is:

  • stanzaic, any number of sixains.
  • syllabic , 5-5-7-5-5-7 syllables per line with the prominent stress in the 3rd syllable of each line.
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme aabccb ddeffe gghiih etc.

35 thoughts on “Aquiver”

  1. In this work, the disconcerting start turns into loving affirmation. A different kind of twist for you, I think. Love does arrest, I guess; it distracts and keeps us that way. We are kept, then, in this place of delightful distraction. You are profound, sister!

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      1. I’ve been meaning to say, sister, that I really like the titles of your works. “Aquiver” is great! Makes me think of arrows and of kilig (if I use that right).

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