In response to a challenge from Cubby ( at, here is my attempt at a Rondeau.


We can’t change our heart’s choice when it is made
Feelings and emotions cannot be swayed
We cannot stop our heart when it desires
To deny such a love makes us liars
Whether or not to confess it is weighed

Would it change if our ardor was conveyed?
Should we live out our whole life so afraid?
Our yearning heart, it hopes and it conspires
We can’t change!

We share thoughts often with God, and we prayed
A chance meeting! Secret thoughts are betrayed
Love in our eyes, angels singing in choirs
In longing for love, the heart never tires
What joy and what bliss, our fondness we trade
We can’t change!

Instructions on writing a Rondeau:

There are 15 lines with 3 stanzas:
A quintet with 5 lines,
A quatrain with 4 lines,
And a sestet with 6 lines.

This is the rhyme scheme:
aabba aabR aabbaR
R refers to the refrain, which is a short phrase taken from the first line, found in lines 9 and 15.
All other lines have the same number of syllables:
either 8 syllables or 10 syllables.

5 thoughts on “We Can’t Change: a Rondeau

  1. See!! It is quite wonderful!!! I knew it would be!


    1. dflorack says:

      Thanks, Skye! 😀


  2. Cubby says:

    What a wonderful Rondeau! You have done a terrific job here with this form. I am so happy and impressed with it. 🙂


    1. dflorack says:

      Thanks, Cubby. Thank you for the challenge!


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