The Path of the Donkey King – Kyrielle

The Path of the Donkey King

I wrote this poem as a response to a year-long project I am a part of called, Take Me Deeper. I am leading the poetry/writing group, and each week I upload my response to the week’s focus.

This poetry form, Kyrielle, is a french form and follows the rules below:

Four line stanzas (quatrains), rhyming sequence – aabb, ccbb, ddbb, the last line in each stanza is the same. I cheated a bit, because each line should only have eight syllables.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.


Photo taken in Ouro Preto, Brazil

27 thoughts on “The Path of the Donkey King – Kyrielle”

  1. That was quite lovely, Staci. “The path he walked was the path of life”. It says things to me from the time of Jesus. The pious, religious establishment were suspicious and in doubt of him. Thanks for introducing me to another form of poetry. It’s an amazing talent to be able to write so effectively as you do.


    1. Ohhhh Rob, thank you so much. You really do encourage me. Yesterday I was so uninspired, yet needed to write a poem based on what our prompt for this week was (the online arts group that I’m a part of). I’ve been tired and blah lately, so it was really difficult. I ended up writing it this morning instead.
      Thanks again, my friend, and have a great weekend.
      πŸ™‚ ❀

  2. This is so beautiful Staci ☺️ both the poem and photo… Have a lovely weekend ❀️❀️

      1. Hope your day is going well beautiful ☺️☺️❀️

    1. Oh, I can’t believe I missed replying to this comment. So sorry K. Thank you so much. Yes, the timing was perfect. Actually, it was in response to the devotional for the week (and of course the devotional was on this because of the season).
      Many blessings πŸ™‚ ❀

  3. Oh! My friend, you have such a big beautiful talent! I really love this..sooooooo much!! And to be able to do this with so many parameters is truly amazing…a gift!! Thank you πŸ™‚

    1. You are such an encourager Lorrie. Thank you so much. I’m so pleased you ‘love’ it.
      Hugs and many blessings
      πŸ™‚ ❀

    1. Ohhhh, thank you so much Elizabeth. Haha, I guess I should have read the rules a bit better before I started. Eek. Oh well, my life is very full, so when I received the nomination – I knew I was going to do it – but it took me a week before I got to it. I should have read the rules again before I wrote it.
      Thanks again.

  4. I’m sure I’m going to miss a number of references. I’m trying to figure out what the stones represent. Is it that if the people were silent, the stones would have a chance to be heard?

    Either way, it reminds me of back in my college days, when I was enjoying the challenge of writing sonnets in the style of Late Victorian poetry. I realized there were only so many ways to describe streams and lakes and clouds and other things in nature. Eventually my poetry was read by people who actually study Late Victorian poetry, and it was made clear to me just how much what I wrote resembled gibberish. But at least I had my syllables right πŸ˜€

    I like symbolism, but now I tend to stick to a main plot line that can be easily interpreted and enjoyed. It’s my way of being inclusive. But I appreciate others who explore different approaches. It’ll just take me a little bit to figure out what those stones are all about.

    1. Hahaha. No problem Scott. Actually, it’s referenced to a Bible passage about when Jesus entered a city on a donkey over palm leaves that the people had put. The proud religious folk wanted the people to stop making so much noise about it all, but they were told that if they kept quiet, the stones would cry out. Sooooo, it’s not really abstract. it’s more like a poetic version of a historical account.
      I like to try out and experiment with different poetry forms. I aspire to encourage thought in a simple way through my blog, however, sometimes I end up writing something that not everybody would understand. Usually I write something about the poem in order to make things more clear. I just decided not to this time.
      Heyyyy, that’s so cool. You wrote late victorian poetry? And even read by those who study the art? I’m impressed. Would love to read sometime.

    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much Natalie. Yes, I know you understand this one, and can appreciate it for what it is.
      Love and many blessings:-) ❀

    1. Awwwww, thank you so much. I’m so glad you like it. And you are very welcome. I’m the one that should be thanking you.
      πŸ™‚ ❀

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