The RONDEAU is yet another French form.  Each line has eight to ten syllables that flow in an undulation of upbeats and downbeats.  The first line begins with a refrain and ends with a rhyme.  The refrain (A) and two rhymes (a and b) are woven through the fifteen-line structure in the order demonstrated below.  Online sources cite this sequence as the most common of the variations that exist for this versatile form.
In addition, I managed to kill two prompts with one poem, #11 Night and #12 Change.  Call it cheating if you want; I’m calling it ingenuity.



Aa    On restless nights post-menopause,
a       as hormones yield to nature’s laws,
b       dreams disrupted by hot flashes
b       In their throes, she madly thrashes,
a       and her sweat-damp nightgown claws
a       as though its neckline were the cause
a       bemoaning sleep as once it was
b      Cool water on her face she splashes
A      on restless nights
a       Back to the bedroom she withdraws
a       to wrestle in insomnia’s
b       firm grip until, at last, she crashes,
b       up again as fever rachets
a       and manly snoring shakes the walls
A      on restless nights

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17 thoughts on “OH, OH, OH, I’M ON FIRE

  1. lyart February 26, 2017 / 12:59 am

    that is very funny! am sure it’s not so funny for the one described, though…

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    • Just Joan February 26, 2017 / 11:12 am

      Unfair that our hubbies sleep soundly, having no idea what we go through during the night. I guess it is kind of funny, a little. 🙂

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  2. chevvy8 February 26, 2017 / 1:22 am

    And here was I thinking it was just a very hot Summer for me😉 I’m impressed again with your use of different forms. I hope you are getting a good night’s sleep!

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    • Just Joan February 26, 2017 / 11:15 am

      When winter comes, you’ll know for sure… heck, you might even be grateful for it then. Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a lovely Sunday! 🙂

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      • chevvy8 February 26, 2017 / 11:25 am

        The joys of being a woman!😀 Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday Joan.

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  3. Peter Klopp February 26, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    As a man I can only guess of the pain and suffering you are going through. Fortunately for my wife, she had been spared from the agonies caused by the onslaught of menopause.

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    • Just Joan February 26, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      A lucky lady she must be, Peter. Of course, little problems like this make it easy to fixate on something other than politics, so that’s a blessing. Thanks for the visit and comment. 🙂

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    • Just Joan February 26, 2017 / 1:56 pm

      For me, it was a mixed blessing. Sure, there are symptoms, but the migraines I had for decades almost entirely went away. A good trade, in my book. 🙂


  4. L. T. Garvin, Author February 26, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Ah, how very clever, Joan…ingenuity indeed! I have lived this one, I’m afraid. I so hate insomnia when I just get to sleep then that blasted alarm… Well, here’s to mixed blessings for sure 😀

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    • Just Joan February 27, 2017 / 12:23 pm

      Amen to that, Lana. Guess we’re just too hot to handle! Keep looking for that silver lining… and remind yourself, the symptoms DO get better with time. 🙂

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  5. Quirky Girl February 27, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    You definitely did achieve ingenuity with this! But those hot flashes and snoring sure would make for a restless night. 😛

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  6. circumstance227 March 3, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    I love you and your stuff, 42. But I confess, I still have trouble associating nightly hot flashes with poetry.

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    • Just Joan March 3, 2017 / 5:52 pm

      Poetry is all about honesty… and romancing the ordinary. Muses do occasionally sing when I am already up in the middle of the night. 🙂


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