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Contents Letter From the Editor ................................................. 3 Hari Kumar. .......................................................................... 5 It Started with One Leaf ........................................................ 6 What is more pleasing ............................................................ 8 Debbie J. Embry ................................................................ 10 Quiet Waters (Rondeau)....................................................... 11 Madness ................................................................................. 11 Eric Mwathi ......................................................................... 13 Triolet ..................................................................................... 14 To you i’ll write. .................................................................... 16 Rondeau redouble’................................................................ 18 Contributer’s Profiles ........................................................ 20 Afterword ............................................................................................................................................... 24

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Dear Readers, Welcome to the first edition of the Rondeau Poetry Review, which is a literary review that publishes poetry that falls under a series of French Medieval and Renaissance Poetic Forms, which are generally described as the Rondeau. The Rondeau, in this magazine, however, will be in English and not in French, as was first attempted, in the language, by Geoffrey Chaucer, in his work called The Parliament of Fowles. Forms that belong to the Rondeau often include the Rondeau, the Rondeau redouble, the Rondelet, the Triolet, the Roundel, the Kyrielle, and the Ballade. The Rondeau in this issue will be on nature. Surely it is known to most of you, that the character, the qualities, and the powers of something often can be generally described as its nature. Paradoxically the creator of all natural things is believed, by some, to be of supernatural origin. Whilst ordinary things that happen are seen as natural or as an act of nature, what is out of the ordinary is often described as being supernatural. Poets, such as Wordsworth and Shelly, who are preoccupied with nature, in their poems, are sometimes called naturalists. That is neither to say that the supernatural does not occur in their poems or that such naturalists either lack sophistication or suggest, in their verse, that we all withdraw from all civilised life, and live in a primitive manner, completely dependent on nature. They are just preoccupied with nature, much like the Rondeaux in this issue will be.

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I hope you greatly enjoy the poetry in this first issue of the Rondeau Poetry Review. Best Wishes, Eric Mwathi (Editor)

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.Hari Kumar.

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It started with one leaf It started with one leaf, I assume, How the trees broke into bloom, Copper and bronze, now the hills, Still, thought of December gives me chills, As the creeping cold invades my room. The fading daylight brings more gloom, I busy myself, I resume This empty life of the daily drills, It started with one leaf. Now a greyness does slowly loom Where a dream did once consume, A red maple leaf that normally instils, Great joy and never ill wills’ O! Why now, this melancholy for whom It started with one leaf!

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What is more pleasing‌ What is more pleasing, the little lies That keep together, the family ties, Like saying, "you look great, dear" Or "there's really nothing to fear," The untrue words in expected replies. Even though we claim to despise, The deceptive word in clever disguise, But in truth, it is quite clear What is more pleasing. Being truthful is not always wise, Even to your dearest allies, A little lie may bring much cheer, And sound more sweeter to the ear Than truth's unwelcome surprise What is more pleasing?

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Debbie J. Embrey.

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.Quiet Waters (Rondeau). Waters gently flowing o'er, the mountainside like ne'er before, the feeling of the fresh new breeze, puts my body and mind at ease, my heart throbs for so much more. This life my heart doth adore, splashes below as above I soar, I hear the bumbling of the bees, As the quiet waters fall. Waters press on; my la'mour, falling rains upon the sea's floor, as I await all the tease, I humbly bow on my knees, for the peace and nothing more, As the quiet waters fall.

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.Eric Mwathi.

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Triolet This poem is for the tornado victims in the USA Disasters are a huge surprise, And often catch us unprepared, In moments when they do arise, Disasters are a huge surprise. They baffle dumb and even wise, And even make the brave man scared. Disasters come as one surprise, And often catch us unprepared.

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To you I’ll write… To you I’ll write this triolet, To ask you out tonight. I loved you since the days we met, To write to you this triolet, So, that I may invite, You to enjoy some cabernet, To you I’ll write this triolet.

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Rondeau Redouble I’d love to rest on this hot day. The sun was out. Now it is night. I had been kissed by every ray, That’s just sent for my soul’s delight.

The sky had vanished from my sight. Tomorrow it will be the day, When I will work with all my might. I’d loved resting on this hot day.

When I’m in bed, I want to stay, Wrapped in the sheets. I’d sleep so tight, But I couldn’t have all things my way. The sun was down. Now it is night.

Sin has damned men to this great plight, To toil and to have little pay. I’d dreamt of beaches hot and white. I had been kissed by every ray,

But man must work. What can I say? This is a fact, that’s true, in spite, 18


Of my view, for I need the pay, That’s just sent for my soul’s delight.

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.Contributor’s Profiles.

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.Hari Kumar. After attending high school in India at both the Model High School, Thiruvananthapuram, and the Government Model Higher Secondary School, in Thiruvananthapuram, he had attended college at both the NSS College of Engineering, in Palakkad, in Electrical Engineering, as well as the Mar Ivanios College. Then he had moved all the way to Canada, in order to work for the Toronto Transit Commission, where he had started a family. Though an electrical engineer, Kumar’ interests extend much further to the things concerning engineering, due to contributions he has made to fields ranging from astrophysics, symbolism, spirituality, astrology, literature, metaphysics, prose fiction, Su Docu, essays and of course the field of poetry.

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.Debbie J. Embrey. Debbie J. Embrey is a mother of three children, a stepdaughter and several grandchildren. She has been writing poetry, since age 19, which had been the very day that her youngest child was born. Like so many others she has overcome a lot of problems, which was partly thanks to her writing poetry. Especially, during those difficult times, her motto has been that “If we stand strong, against the salvaging winds and waves, we can overcome.� Debbie J. Embrey has published poetry widely which has each left her with an 'Editor's Choice Award' certificates, including my other literary magazine, called anthology29 and finds it an honour to have published more than one poem, for the first time in her life, in this poetry anthology, for which she gives God the glory, for making her a gifted poet.

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.Eric Mwathi. Eric Mwathi’s fiction and poetry has been published under Shot Glass Journal, Tongue Mag Magworth's Literary Magazine, AllPoetry.com. Bard’s Magazine, Garbaj literary magazine, Stactes Greek literary Magazine, and The Supplement is shortlisted and considered for the World City Stories Prize and contributed to Shannon Norman’s Natural Reflections (A Collection of Poems). Before editing this poetry journal he had also started the Everyman’s Poetry Journal, edited the Anthology of Contemporary Love Poetry, and the Anthology of Religious Prose & Poetry. See more of his work at his website : http://ericmwathispoetry.webs.com/.

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.Afterword. I would like to use this afterword, of the Rondeau Poetry Review to thank all contributors, to this literary magazine, for your poetry. To publish this magazine would not have been possible without your talent. Furthermore, I would like to use this opportunity to tell you that Rondeaux of any kind are strongly welcome for the next issue of this magazine, which will be about the rather solemn topic of death. I really look forward to your submissions. Best Wishes, Eric Mwathi (Editor)

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Rondeau Poetry Review (First Issue)