Thundering Voices

A woman’s intrinsic abilities
far surpass chauvinist suppositions.

Our daughters understand. Empowerment
means control. Bodily autonomy.

Your assault, revoking Roe-versus-Wade,
wakes anger. Volatile independence.

Rain, lightning, thunderbolts, precipitate
storms. Crashing. Disturbing complacency.

Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today Laura asks us to consider couples, writing a poem in couplets. She presents a number of forms that are based in couplets including the Rhopalic Couplet. First used by Homer in the Illiad, the Rhopalic Couplet contains two lines. In both lines, each word progresses adding 1 more syllable than the preceding word in the line. The lines need not be rhymed. So for example
x xx xxx xxxx
x xx xxx xxxx

I found this quite tricky to do! Another poetic sudoku for me. Image from

22 thoughts on “Thundering Voices

  1. kim881 September 22, 2022 / 3:11 pm

    Writing any kind of poem, including couplets, is tricky without a theme or topic. You made a great job of the challenge Lill, and what you say in it is so true.


    • lillian September 22, 2022 / 3:21 pm

      Thank you, Kim. I’m always challenged by the new forms…but it’s good to stretch beyond the comfortable! 🙂

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  2. paeansunplugged September 22, 2022 / 3:16 pm

    Such a powerful write, Lillian! They don’t realise the repercussions of revoking that judgement.
    You made the complex form look quite easy.

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    • lillian September 22, 2022 / 3:54 pm

      Thank you so much! Glad it looks smooth….edit edit edit edit…different word…pick a different word…and then, like a puzzle, it somehow comes together! 🙂 That’s the poetic process.

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      • paeansunplugged September 22, 2022 / 3:58 pm

        You are so welcome. Ah! Don’t we all do that… syllable counting is never easy for me. The poetic process can be cumbersome at times but finally the finished verse makes it worthwhile. 🙂

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      • Rob Kistner September 22, 2022 / 8:32 pm

        Yes it is… I constantly edit my work, even long after I publish it. Poetry is never finished, it simply begets more poetry. Beautiful wisdom Lil! 🙂


  3. dorahak September 22, 2022 / 4:44 pm

    You use the Rophalic couplet so effortlessly, Lillian. Had no idea that it has its origins in Homer!

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    • lillian September 23, 2022 / 6:21 am

      Thank you! It was a puzzle to work with, that’s for sure. Glad you enjoyed.


    • lillian September 23, 2022 / 6:21 am

      You make me smile, Ron. Thanks!


  4. Rob Kistner September 22, 2022 / 8:29 pm

    You go Lil — hell yes! Retrumplican asshats! Pardon my brashness my friend, but it chaps my… great piece! 👍🏼✌🏼❤️

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    • lillian September 23, 2022 / 6:22 am

      It’s early in the AM here in Boston….and you helped me start my day with a smile with your comment, Rob! Many thanks for tuning in 😉


  5. Reena Saxena September 23, 2022 / 3:03 am

    The first and last stanza coupled together delineate the future.


    • lillian September 23, 2022 / 7:35 am

      Thank you so much! What a lovely comment….truly appreciate it!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. merrildsmith September 23, 2022 / 1:33 pm

    Well done with the form, Lillian. You made it seem forceful, rather than forced. I hope all of us who care about women and democracy create a powerful storm!


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