Letrilla: Call Me

She whispered in my ear
and struck my heart with fear

She squeezed my butt firmly
and I froze in alarm
I managed to stay calm
until her hands roamed free

She winked and said call me
my cousins thoughts were clear

She whispered in my ear
and struck my heart with fear


The Letrilla is a short strophic form from 16th century Spain that is usually humorous or satirical. The form can sometimes be found in religious verse also. This lyrical verse is written with a theme refrain of any number of lines which usually begins and ends the poem.

The Letrilla is:
strophic, any number of lines contained in the strophe.
syllabic, often written in 6 or 8 syllable lines. Lines should be short and approximate length.
composed with a refrain which begins and ends the piece.
rhymed, rhyme scheme would depend on the length of the strophe. The theme refrain AA (or however many lines) and the strophe rhyme is often envelope rhyme AA bccb ba AA or AA bcccba AA etc.


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19 thoughts on “Letrilla: Call Me

  1. Ahhh the fear is understood 😳 …. I got lost in the second line in the rules and regulations for this form. I don’t think I’ll be doing one any time soon πŸ˜„ however you did a good job of it.

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      1. I haven’t seen any of my cousins in person in at least 6 years. Probably be another 6 years before I go again. I guess I’ll write another letrilla then πŸ˜‚πŸ’š

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    1. Unfortunately, I don’t have very appealing cousins.
      I do wonder how attractive one would have to be for me to completely forget the whole incest thing πŸ˜‚

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      1. Dangerous territory! I had a cousin I used to fancy as a kid, but she was a couple of years older and I never dared tell her.Probably as well!πŸ˜‚

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