Reading: Daughter Of The Moon – A Mirrored Refrain Poem


Knowing what only hearts and souls know
Blessed by nature in the womb
I am a daughter of the moon
From my loom I call buds to bloom

Seeing what the eye’s can’t see
Knowing the meaning of the ancient runes
From my loom I call buds to bloom
I am a daughter of the moon

Feeling what the forest folk feel
Hearing wisdom from the tombs
I am a daughter of the moon
From my loom I call buds to bloom

Hearing what the trees hear
Dancing to the season’s tunes
From my loom I call buds to bloom
I am a daughter of the moon

©RedCat


Written for Poetry Form: Mirrored Refrain at dVerse. Yesterday I sat stargazing while mulling over the refrain lines. Then I wrote in a furious tempo before going to sleep. I realised it felt like this poem really should be read aloud. So I held off posting it until I had the time to make a recording. Click on the Soundcloud link above to hear it.

I love writing repeating forms like the Pantoum, Triolet and Echo poems. And almost always read my poems out loud when editing to hear the sound and rhythm, to feel out the places where the melody snags on a word or phrase. That’s why this one has extra repeating sounds and an internal rhyme in one refrain line. Because I liked the sounds it made.



The Mirrored Refrain is a rhyming verse form constructed by Stephanie Repnyek.

The poem is formed by three or more quatrains where two lines within the quatrain are the “mirrored refrain” or alternating refrain.

The rhyme scheme is as follows: xaBA, xbAB, xaBA, xbAB, etc..

x represents the only lines that do not rhyme within the poem. A and B represent the refrain.

From Shadow Poetry


Also shared with Promote Yourself Monday at Go Dog Go Café


Image credits:

Purple moon image: Photo by Silas Peters on Unsplash

Moon over water image: Photo by Javardh on Unsplash

Forest image: Photo by Michael Krahn on Unsplash

Loom image: Photo by Nickolas Nikolic on Unsplash


6 thoughts on “Reading: Daughter Of The Moon – A Mirrored Refrain Poem

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  1. This has the moon magic, blessed by nature.

    Love the read, photos and the poem specially with the refrain lines:

    I am a daughter of the moon
    From my loom I call buds to bloom

  2. I enjoyed hearing your read what has the sound of incantation that does weave a spell. I like your sensory knowledge with see, hear, feel, and the wonderful dancing fingers on the loom that call forth the buds.

  3. This has a wonderful hypnotic and meditative quality – I think the internal rhyme you mention adds to this with the long ‘oo’ sounds.

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