The ochtfochlach is an Irish verse form consisting of an eight-line stanza with a consistent but unspecified length and meter. The rhyme scheme is AAAB CCCB.

The Ochtfochlach

I like the form and rhythm, too;
It fits and wears like well-made shoe.
With luck it lasts a whole life through
And looks no worse for wear.

Iambic feet can march along
And lend their cadence to a song
With beats that switch from soft to strong,
A pace that's light to bear.

[ back to poetry page ]