I have been wanting to experiment with writing poems in established poetic forms for some time.  I wrote this snapshot of a night around the fire at a Neo-Pagan, specifically an ADF, festival as a rondeau.  An English teacher friend of mine checked it, and she gave it her ok. So I present “By Fire’s Light.”

By fire’s light we gather in

While drummers beat and dancers spin

We sing the songs that we all know

And tell the tales of long ago

Holding debates no one will win


We feel the heat upon our skin

As food shared warms us from within

Throughout the night the drink will flow

By fire’s light


Many relationships begin

Strangers to friends and friends to kin

The seeds of love at first we sow

Our fellowship as one we grow

A harmony born from the din

By fire’s light