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Sunday Scribblings #81: Great Sweet Stories With Ciaos and Osiyos

So this title must have you wondering 🤔 “what is she talking about?” Well, I am trying to say it all together. Bidding good bye to October with a ciao (for October is Italian American Heritage Month) and saying a warm osiyo (or hello in Cherokee) to November (which happens to be Native American Heritage Month). In addition, I also want to sneak in a sweet mention for all the Halloween candy 🙂 and it is also a little about the poetic form for today, which is all about telling stories!! So there you have it: great sweet stories with ciaos and osiyos!!! Well, the great part is additional, and for you to decide after you read the post.. but the rest of it is my attempt to summarize my post (kind of).

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Poetic Sundays: The Raccontino Poetic Form

October is Italian American Heritage Month, so I decided to end this month with a poetic form that most likely has Italian origins though there is no specific mention of the same anywhere. The name of this poetic form “raccontino” means storyteller or narrator, and comes from the Italian word “racconto” (v.) meaning to tell, or to recount or narrate.

The Raccontino Poetic Form

A raccontino is made up of any number of couplets, with the even-numbered lines sharing the end rhyme, while the title along with the non-rhyming odd-numbered lines tell a story. It could easily be a story within another story which the poem itself narrates!

So the raccontino form’s elements are that at its most basic, it is:

  • stanzaic: any number of couplets (two-lines) in the poem
  • rhymed: even-numbered lines share the same end rhyme
  • isosyllabic: all lines have the same number of syllables, count is per the poet’s choice
  • the etcs: the title along with the end words of the odd-numbered lines tell a story

Regarding the syllabic count, I noticed some of the examples for this poetic form had varying syllables across the lines of the poem while others were isosyllabic (had the same number of syllables for every line of the poem – could be anything that the poet decides). So, feel free to vary the number of syllables if you wish when you attempt this form.

My Example

A short, sweet one for now. The title and the last words of the odd-numbered lines are in bold…

All I Need Is

Glancing at the snap that captured their
features so well, perfectly, indeed!

My heart smiled as I recalled the love
and I thought, yes, that is all I need!!

~Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites

References, h/t, and Further Reading

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On My Blog

So here are the posts since (and including) my last scribblings….

And the Homefront

The first phase of our bathroom remodel is finally coming to its end, and we are now looking forward to phase two (which thankfully will be a shorter project). And the long-awaited shed we had ordered at Home Depot is at last where it belongs – in that special place we had ready for it in our backyard.


On My Blog and Home Front

I hope to be posting everyday this coming month as I am once again participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Do check it out yourself to a) challenge yourself and b) be part of a wonderful, supportive community. I have made great friends through the UBC over the past few years I have been a part of it and truly cherish them.

On the home front, we have the festival of Diwali (or Deepavali which literally means row of lights) coming up this week. So I am going to keep myself occupied in festival preparations for the next couple of days at least – in the making of snacks and sweets, as well as cleaning up and decorating the house a bit.

Bookish Blog Hops

Thanks to Jo Lindsell-Feliciani who runs this bookish blog hop! A different member of the FB group will host a bookish question on their blog each day of the hop and include the answers from other members in the post. It is certainly lots of fun for all the participants, and a great way to reach more people via all our blogs as well as spread the love of books.

Here is the blog hop schedule this week (Nov 1st through 7th). I am posting the questions here as well so you can choose to check out our answers and comment with your own and discover more books in the process!

DatePromptHosted byBlog Hop Stop
Nov 1A book about a bookstoreLeslie ConzattiThe Upstream Writer
Nov 2A book in a seriesJo LinsdellJo Linsdell – Books & Blogging
Nov 3A book from your TBRRobinRobin Loves Reading
Nov 4A book you picked up just for the coverKailiOwl Book World
Nov 5An award winning book worth the hypeBrandy PotterBrandy Potter Books
Nov 6A book with a number in the titleKritiArmed With a Book
Nov 7A book with a one word titleme (Vidya)Lady In Read Writes

This Week’s Celebrations

Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)

Foodie Celebrations

Note that if you have Halloween candy that you have no idea what to do with, you can check out Operation Gratitude or Treats for Troops (this is for the US but I am sure there are similar efforts in other countries too)

Other Celebrations

Related Books and Reads

Suggestions related to various aspects of today’s blog

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Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings, or time to say your ciaos to this post. But before you head out, drop a comment for me with your thoughts and suggestions. I am always looking forward to reading those!! And do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon

10 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #81: Great Sweet Stories With Ciaos and Osiyos

  1. November will be busy for me with Nonfiction November and NaNoWriMo, but the Ultimate Blog Challenge sounds delightful. I will check it out.

    I’m glad the first part of your remodeling is coming to an end. Enjoy Diwali!

    A cheery ciao and a warm osiyo to you, too!

  2. Your article has a lot of valuable information in it. For me I’m sad to see October go but at the same time I’m excited to see what November has to bring. I’m looking forward to a lot of family moments!!!

  3. Very informative post. My October has been pretty busy and full of surpises. Excited to welcome the next month, November which is my birthmonth and embrace what it has to offer.

  4. With so many things going on, you can still deliver a great poem for everyone’s satisfaction. Halloween is indeed done, but there are so much more happening this November as Thanksgiving and Christmas approach. I am also considering donating extra candies.

  5. This post about poetry is so helpful! I always learn something new from your posts. My husband’s family is Italian so it’s so interesting to read about this.

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