Dechnad cummaisc: Dumb Luck

You question me throughout it all,
try to rebuke,
what occurrence we may befall,
you call a fluke.

I lie when I say it’s a skill.
You’re right, I suck.
The outcome, while it is my will,
is still dumb luck.


The decnad cummaisc is an Irish poetic form that employs quatrains with both end and internal rhymes. Here are the guidelines:

Four-line stanzas.
Eight syllables in the first and third lines.
Four syllables in the second and fourth lines, which both end rhyme.
The final word of line three rhymes with the middle of line four.


Weekly Theme:
Irish Poetry Forms


18 thoughts on “Dechnad cummaisc: Dumb Luck

  1. I actually speed read ‘decnad cummaisc’ as ‘Dominic Cummings’ before I clicked into this one and was amazed you’d called it ‘dumb luck’ and not ‘dumb f*ck’… 🀣

    Then I read it properly and loved it as always! πŸ˜πŸ–€

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    1. Word association and seeing what we desire πŸ˜‰
      I’m certain you could come up with something amazing for DF DC.
      Thank you little one. One post left for Irish week.
      I’ve been hunting for Scottish poetry forms but haven’t come up with much.
      Any chance you might know of 7 or 8 forms I could try? πŸ˜ŠπŸ’š

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      1. Hmmm, I’d have to dig out my old University work for that my friend!

        Obviously you’ve got the old guard that spring to mind – the traditional gaelic bards such as
        William Ross, Alasdiar mac Mhaighstir Alistair and Burns etc.

        They in turn then bring you to the more modern likes of Sorley MacLean, Iain Crichton Smith,
        Edwin Muir and Edwin Morgan etc.

        I can’t think of any forms specifically (apart from the very recent ‘gaiku’) but maybe you could have a read of some of the poetry/do more research on the folks above (if you’ve not come across them already) and see if that yields anything? πŸ€”πŸ‘πŸ–€

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      2. Of course.

        I went through the old guard. Burns has the Burns stanza but that’s about it.
        The modern don’t have anything concrete enough to be considered a Scottish form.
        Thank you for going to the trouble charmer.
        I’ll keep hunting. I’ve done Welsh and Irish, I wanted the trifecta.
        Screw the English! That’s related, though even if it wasn’t I couldn’t pass up the chance to add it πŸ€£πŸ’š

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