Clogyrnach Poetry: A Fun Challenge


Today I’m trying something new, or at least new-to-me. It’s a form a poetry that I had not heard of until today. Kat Myrman, at Like Mercury Colliding, is quite creative with her words. I have tried several different things as she has shared them. Clogyrnach poetry is a Welsh poetry form. Usually there are 6 lines following this rhyme pattern: aabbba

Lines 1 and 2 have 8 syllables with an “a” rhyme
Lines 3 and 4 have 5 syllables with a “b” rhyme
Line 5 has 3 syllables with a “b” rhyme
Line 6 has 3 syllable with an “a” rhyme

From my research, I found that a variation consists of only 5 lines with the pattern: aabba with a “b” rhyme in the middle of the 5th line.


This Welsh style clogyrnach poetry intrigued me, but I wasn’t quite sure where to start. No words came to mind and no ideas to pursue. So, I did what I often do when I can’t think of what to write. I looked at some of my recent photos taken around our homestead. As usual, the photo inspired me. Here is my first attempt:

Adventure Calls

Stay on the trusted path, they say
Don’t wander or you’ll lose your way
But adventure calls
From the tree-lined halls
Ere night falls
I must play

clogrynach poetry

4 thoughts on “Clogyrnach Poetry: A Fun Challenge

  1. You succeeded well with this new type of poetry. You have many gifts, both with words and with art, that you share with others. Thank you, Gayl, for being true to your calling!

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