In November, we will be exploring various “elle” style poems, including the Kyrielle, Diatelle, Octelle, and Terzanelle! This week, we’ll be challenging you to write a Diatelle ORENDA poem.

The Diatelle is a fun, syllable counting form like the etheree with a twist. Fifteen lines long, the syllable and rhyming structure of the diatelle is as below.

It looks best displayed center aligned in a diamond shape.

Whilst this form may be written on any subject matter, we would like you to write one with the added theme ORENDA, ‘a mystical force present in all people that empowers us to affect the world or to effect changes in our own lives.’

The Diatelle form was created by Bradley Vrooman.

#Syllables – Rhyme
1 – 
a
2 – 
b
3 – 
b
4 – 
c
6 – 
b
8 – 
c
10 – 
c
12 – 
a
10 – 
c
8 – 
c
6 – 
b
4 – 
c
3 – 
b
2 – 
b
1 – 
a

Diatelle using the theme ORENDA example courtesy of @phoenixrisespoetry

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