Puente is a rewarding form created by James Rasmusson. The word puente means bridge in Spanish, and--naturally--this lovely form features a bridge. It is a simple idea:
- Three stanzas
- First and third stanzas have equal number of lines (your choice how many)
- Middle bridge stanza is one line, encloses in dashes or tildes
- Middle bridge stanza serves as last line for first stanza and first line for last stanza
Here is another helpful article from Folded Word: PUENTE
Here is an example I wrote in response to Kerry’s prompt, called “Quabbin Dream,” about my grandmother:
Woods like fiery calico(c) Marian Kent
patchwork across the lake--
another season arrives with its bluster,
its demands stitched in crimson,
brittle-hearted like dry leaves.
-- you are still gone --
Picture my children greeting you--
smiles preserved in a weathered frame,
dancing like leaves in an autumn wind,
but all I have is your words
stitched in crimson into a fiery heart.
Thank you for giving me a new form to play with, Marian! I wasn't a Toad when Kerry first introduced it.
Loved the prompt, Marian! I found the Puente much more pleasing than most forms. Happy Weekend!💞☕
This form is so much fun, Marian. I really enjoyed starting with the center, and then completing the first and last stanza. Thanks a bunch for sharing it.
Have a fantastic Saturday, everyone!
Thank you! Another example of a poem I'd never have written if not for this Garden of Toads :)
I remember this form, though I have seldom used it. I think it has enormous possibilities, but I started small. May return to it in a while with something more meaty.
Lovely to become acquainted with a new form. It's a sweet one! Thank you.
Good morning, friends, I was away yesterday but sit now with a cup of coffee to dig in, finish my own poem, and enjoy all of yours. Cheers!
HANK your link doesn't work! Let me see if I can remedy this
^^ Fixed! :)
My first time to do this form- Thank you Marian!
Hello all weekend was hectic, so I will not write for this prompt... so sorry. I hope it will get less hectic in the week to come.
Love the form Marian. Thanks for introducing me to it.
Thanks once again, Marian, Ma'am!
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