Upon the Creek

Upon the creek lies glass…emitting sheen
Unseen through clumped reed grass
But by a bathing Welsh lass
Water, nature, girl, en masse

This is my second Englyn Unodl Union, a Welsh/Celtic form introduced by Susan Judd some time ago for a FormForAll prompt at dVerse Poets…check out the particulars here: http://dversepoets.com/2012/10/11/formforall-englyn/

I’m linking this tonight at dVerse Poets for Open Link Night: http://dversepoets.com/2014/02/25/openlinknight-february-2014/

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  1. ha. it paints a scene like a painting
    hope though it is nowhere near as cold
    as the creek i bathed in once….smiles.

    i had forgotten all about that prompt…


    • Thanks, Brian…no, this is a lukewarm, bathwater feeling kind of creek…smiles. I’m sure you blocked that rhyming little prompt right out of your mind! Smiles…and a chuckle…


  2. Interesting form, and it creates quite a picture. Nicely done!


    • It is an interesting form…lots of rules for such a short, little thing! And thank you for your kindness…I appreciate it.


  3. New to me form … I like the flow, Gayle!
    Going to check it out. Thank you for the link.


  4. I like it, Gayle. I like the rhythm and the repetition of the “s” sound. It makes me think of a sweet spring day.


  5. I love this Gayle.. though Welsh.. it made me think of Swedish Painter Anders Zorn, who loved to paint nude girls bathing…

    http://www.artnet.se/konstnyheter/konstnotiser/nyheter-2/ … sweet..
    I have yet to try the Englyn (sometimes I go back and try old forms)


  6. Your poem paints a beautiful scene, Gayle! Enjoyed the last line especially.


  7. Exquisite, Gayle. The last line is enchanting.
    New form for me. Interesting.

    Here’s the link to Victoria’s prompt:


    • Thank you, Jamie. It’s a tricky little form…lots of rules and regulations. 🙂

      And thank you for the link…it was helpful.



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