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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Irish Verse The Ochtfochlach is a Celtic form from the 13th century. Unlike many of the more complicated dán díreach or strict Irish forms the Ochtfochlach uses simpler rhymes and is less formal in structure. Considered óglachas or "apprentice work", often used by amateurs. The elements of the Ochtfochlach are: an octastich, a poem in 8 lines. syllabic, at the discretion of the poet as long as the lines are uniform length. rhymed, aaabcccb. Ostrich Races by Judi Van Gorder With feathery top-not and bug eyed bloodshot orbs his long teapot neck swags and ever is heard his squawks and snorts while on his back he sports a small saddle of sorts for racing this awkward bird. The International Camel and Ostrich Races are held every year in September, Virginia City, Nevada. A fun event with authentic old west atmosphere. Celtic Elements of Writing