Flamenca: Flow

The tinkling, trickling grows
and flows, raging war deep
Rapidly swelling
the river runs onward
crashing, cobbled rockbeds

The flamenca is a Spanish quintain (or 5-line stanza) form with a staccato rhythm meant to replicate the click of heels by flamenco dancers. The flamenca goes by a few other names, including seguidilla gitana (or Gypsy seguidilla), playera, and/or sequiriya.

Here are basic guidelines of the flamenca:

5 lines
lines 1, 2, 4, and 5 have 6 syllables
line 3 has 5 syllables
lines 2 and 5 assonate
Variation: Lines 3 and 4 may be combined to make an 11-syllable line and quatrain (or 4-line) stanza.

Weekly Theme:
Spanish Poetry Forms

17 thoughts on “Flamenca: Flow

      1. Thank you. It helps to hear that.
        I feel out of my depth often.
        I’m waiting for someone from one of these nationalities to call me on it πŸ’šπŸ’š

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  1. Can you make it any harder?!? πŸ˜‰ just spin those words around the dance πŸ’ƒ floor, in your twisty way. Great job with this first one btw! πŸ‘πŸ»

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