Bref double: Driving Force

Water is the driving force of all nature

Leonardo da Vinci

Onward I dare, travel further west
keeping the steep journey under foot
My eyes lingered over sheer blue-grey
chalked cliffs intersecting pale water

Sudden nostalgia quakes my bowed cane
the fresh waves undulate in unrest
I settle, concede to the motion
and look to the ocean for order

With my past and future sins confessed
a sheen placates an inner turmoil
Clarity answers in foaming crest
and what guidance cost the shore must pay

When in the very nature we test
Trust the driving force will lead the way

Bref double: A French poetic form consisting of 3 quatrains and a final couplet, making 14 lines.

There is some debate about the rhyme scheme, though in all versions the scheme consists of three rhymes and 4-5 un-rhymed lines, providing the bref double’s primary distinction from sonnets.
There is no requirement of meter in a bref double, though all lines must be consistent in length.

I followed the Lyon format:


Fun Fact:

There is the same amount of water on Earth as there was when the Earth was formed. The water from your faucet could contain molecules passed through dinosaurs.

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63 thoughts on “Bref double: Driving Force

      1. Go bro, or is it go bref… in go you breffer…..who needs Google when you creating silly M?…..I should create ‘Don’s Dictionary of Brainless Silly’ for aspiring poets wanting to branch into this witless path…..the mind boggles…on the other hand I’d be swamped with textbook comments and questions……shit M…maybe not such a good idea after all

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      2. Does sound like a hole you would be digging to spend the rest of your days.
        I’ve been thinking if making up my own poetry form. One day I will.


    1. Thank you so much charmer.
      I still consider myself a writer in training. Don’t they say you aren’t a writer until you see a cheque ๐Ÿ˜
      It is a great fact ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’š

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  1. The French had lots of intricate forms – and I’ll probably try them all at some point… French poetry seems very esoteric but then we have the limerick which elevates the coarse and common…. And the point in common? Champagne is carbonated dinosaur pee!

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    1. I think I’ve managed around 15 to 20 French forms and I still have plenty to go.
      If you ever say that about champagne to a Frenchman please take a video of his response ๐Ÿคฃ


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