The kyrielle is an old form associated with the troubadours, the European singing poets of the Middle Ages.
In English it is generally a poem of quatrains of iambic tetrameter where the last line of each stanza is a repeated refrain (the refrain can be a phrase, often slightly modified throughout the poem, or just a single repeated word). Common rhyme schemes employed are: aabB, ccbB, ddbB… or… abaB, cbcB, dbdB…
The islands rise about me like
A school of ancient whales, their bulks
Of heather, rock and bundled light
Commune within this sacred site.
The ocean sprays and tides can’t wait
To explore the sanctums of such freight
So wash nearby through wakeful nights,
Communing with this sacred site.
It’s many years since I have trod
These wastelands pregnant with old gods,
But memory circles stone-cold rites,
Communes within its sacred sites.
And if it’s deemed that I should sink
Among these ancients may I drink
Abysmal loss and win their might,
Commune below this sacred site.