Ovillejo: Amnesia

Tell me, please, where did the time go?
I don’t know

Was my life until now a sham?
Who I am

Could my past be the current cause?
Or who I was

Lost in my absent mind, I pause
Where am I without memory?
The very essence that makes me
I don’t know who I am, or who I was


The ovillejo is an old Spanish form popularized by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). This 10-line poem is comprised of 3 rhyming couplets (or 2-line stanzas) and a quatrain (or 4-line stanza).

The first line of each couplet is 8 syllables long and presents a question to which the second line responds in 3 to 4 syllables–either as an answer or an echo.

The quatrain is also referred to as a redondilla (which is usually a quatrain written in trochaic tetrameter) with an abba rhyme pattern. The final line of the quatrain also combines lines 2, 4, and 6 together.


Weekly Theme:
Spanish Poetry Forms


30 thoughts on “Ovillejo: Amnesia

    1. Thank you 😊 your posts on personal perception run deeper than mine ever could πŸ˜‰
      The way I had to shape this I’m happy it made sense at all 🀣
      The restrictions were a bit much, but a great challenge πŸ’š

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      1. Thank you. In this age of digest and discard its astounding to have someone read something twice. I’m truly honoured.
        I had to read this a few dozen times to make sure I followed all the rules πŸ˜‚πŸ’š

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      2. Good. I do and don’t want someone to find I haven’t managed to follow the guidelines.
        I go into your back catalogue often as well πŸ˜‰πŸ’š

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    1. Thank you. It seemed simple reading the rules so I have it a try. I was misled 🀣
      Getting that tenth line to make sense was a great achievement.

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