|Hello hOOves, I'm returning the favor, here I am to review your Horn Shadows which I thoroughly enjoyed reading until the end, sad. Seeing the Verse Form prompt when reading your poem prompted me to write a englyn unodl union myself and enter Writer's Cramp. I am very partial to the Welsh forms.
Coming to the form, the defining element of the englyn unodl union is the use of the "gair cyrch", which you sort of got, just not quite. Specifically, the main rhyme of the long line must be followed by caesura, most often a dash. And the end word of the line rhymes with a syllable in the early part of the next line. It is kind of a complicated verse form. We will see how nit picky the judges are when it comes to this form.
The elements of the englyn unodl union are:
1. stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.syllabic, made up of 10-6-7-7 syllable lines.
2. rhymed, mono rhymed, the main rhyme (the dominant rhyme of the stanza) "A" is found somewhere in the last half of L1 (6th, 7th or 8th syllables) and is followed by caesura plus the rest of the 10 syllables and rhymes with the end words of L2 through L4.
3. composed with an addendum, a "gair cyrch" in L1 (syllables in the last half of a line that follow the main rhyme marked by caesura. The gair cyrch end rhyme is to be echoed or consonated as secondary rhyme in the 1st half of L2. The caesura often appears as a dash.)
4. written with L2 always ending in an unstressed syllable and either L3 or L4 should also end in an unstressed syllable.
x x x x x x A - x x b (the main rhyme, A can be in either the 6th, 7th, or 8th syllable and must be followed by caesura.)
x b x x x A
x x x x x x A
x x x x x x A
Sorry, I spent a lot of time studying the 24 Welsh Meters, something very dear to my heart. I've seen watered down descriptions of the forms which bother me a bit, but I get it, the forms are difficult to master in English. My entry doesn't have unstressed end words in the first stanza. At least I did it in the 2nd stanza. Here is an old one of mine that shows the gair cyrch in the first line. What follows the main rhyme and caesura, is like an addendum
Two Dollar Bet
Under wide brimmed hat prinked with birds - so hip,
a hot tip is overheard,
favored until afterward,
my pick, far back in the herd.
~~Judi Van Gorder
This touched on one of my passions, please use what you find helpful and ignore the rest. 99.9 % of the people who read your poem will never have heard of the engyln unodl union or the gair cyrch.
Actually, I felt by kind of glossing over the elements of the form your poem is smoother and flows better than if had complied with the rigid restrictions coded in the 12th century.
The fact that you took up the cause of our bovine friends in poetic form warmed my heart. We raised beef when I was first married and I got attached to a couple.