Writings and Witterings



I like to write to specific forms on occasion, even if they are traditional (I like a bit of tradition). Here is an Awdl Gywydd that I wrote in 2012 and published in my first collection of poetry entitled Girl’s Got Rhythm.

The Awdl Gywydd (owdl gow-widd) is a Celtic (Welsh) poetry form that complicates the end rhyme scheme by interlacing an internal rhyme throughout the poem on the second and fourth lines of each stanza. The end rhyme scheme is as follows: a,b,c,b… d,e,f,e, etc… however, the internal (cross-rhyme) can be placed in either the 3rd, 4th, or 5th, syllable position.

Raku bowls

Have a go at one…they’re interesting. Worth working at…


Crickle, crackle, raku glaze,
shattered craze of crafted pots,
bisque ware fired in burning kilns,
potters film, peel-off slip shocks.

Excitement lifts temperature,
glaze is sure to be red hot,
post fire unpredictable,
flames a miracle new pot.

Polly Stretton © 2012

Raku Fox

Raku Fox


17 thoughts on “Raku

  1. I like your Celtic poetry and the pretty Raku Fox who is a great piece of pottery.


    • He’s by Jennie Hale, see jenniehale.co.uk – travelled over half the country to get to me some years back 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the Celtic poetry too 🙂


  2. “Crackle, crackle, raku glaze,
    Shattered craze of crafted pots,
    Bisque ware fired in burning kilns,
    Potters film, peel-off slip shocks”

    Polly, it’s a party for the tongue! 😉


  3. I love raku pottery – and what an unusual, new-to-me poetic form!


    • Me too Marina, I have the fox that you see above and well…let’s just say, more than a couple of hares 😉

      The poetry form is interesting, ‘eh? 🙂


  4. Wonderful Polly! I love what Lea said. A fascinating form of poetry! And yes, I’ve learned something once again from your post! 😊 x


    • heh-heh…we could spend our entire lives looking for obscure forms of poetry and still not find them all, Chris. My parents were Welsh, so they’d have been quite pleased with this 🙂

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  5. Brilliant. What a challenge.


  6. Interesting and challenging but you seemed to have mastered it.


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