Ottava Rima – at Kielder


A hatch of midges hovers in a cloud
above the Kielder Water at eventide.
Hungry for human blood they are avowed,
not to disperse until it is supplied.
Despite this hazard, hardy walkers crowd,
for the beauty of the lake can’t be denied.
As complex eco-systems demonstrate,
it’s nature’s way ever to compensate.

The Granada Camp for Wayward Poets prompt yesterday was for an Ottava Rima about a lake.  Normally I love writing formal poetry, but this one nearly had me beat – it took all day, off and on, a line at a time.  You can find a description of the form  and some stunning poems here.


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8 Responses to Ottava Rima – at Kielder

  1. restlessjo says:

    Some crazy guy swam it end to end yesterday 🙂


  2. You did such a great job with the form, Viv. I think sometimes form poetry brings out the best in us. And those darn midges…just thinking of them makes me itch.


  3. thehutts says:

    Just been posting about midges on Facebook. Smidge is my favoured remedy at the moment – great you-tube video here:

    And more on the Midge Forecast can be found on the Smidge website:

    Thanks for a lovely poem about where I work.


  4. Ron. says:

    You’re on a roll, V. this is perfection. Love the rima!


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