Paradelle for Peggy

A paradelle is an old French poetic form that has very strict rules.  The first three stanzas consist of two opening lines, each repeated.  The last two lines use only the words used in the two opening lines with out repeating any of the words.  The fourth stanza must use all the words used in the first three stanzas without repeating any of them.  Of course, such a challenge was too much to resist.

You are a rose in bleak mid-winter,

You are a rose in bleak mid-winter,

All loveliness amid the icy frosts,

All loveliness amid the icy frosts,

Bleak frosts in a loveliness all icy,

You are mid-winter amid the rose.

*

Soft dew are you in summer’s heat,

Soft dew are you in summer’s heat,

All freshness the dews mid the torrid sun,

All freshness the dews mid the torrid sun,

The summer’s torrid dew in heat,

You are soft sun mid the dews all freshness.

*

And as a tulip mid the autumn sere,

And as a tulip mid the autumn sere,

Vibrant life are you against the dark,

Vibrant life are you against the dark,

Dark as life the mid autumn, sere

Against a tulip, and you are vibrant.

*

All Vibrant and as loveliness,

The freshness amid the soft dews,

The bleak frosts, the torrid dark, icy

In mid-winter’s heat, in summer’s sere sun,

All against mid autumn, mid life:

You are the dew.  You are a tulip.  You are a rose.

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