I’ve been experimenting with some unusual, new (I think) poetic forms. The following form is one of my experiments, and I haven’t found any indication that the form has been used previously by any other poets. If readers are aware of this exact form already in use somewhere — anywhere in the world — I’d appreciate your letting me know. This particular form is difficult for me, but I’m working with it as a way of stretching myself and forcing myself out of a too-comfortable rut.
Here are the details of the form:
The poem must consist of 5 lines with the following syllable count:
Line 1 — 3 syllables
Line 2 — 6 syllables
Line 3 — 12 syllables
Line 4 — 6 syllables
Line 5 — 3 syllables
Meter in lines 1 and 5 is dactyl. But meter in lines 2-4 is iambic.
Rhyme scheme: Lines 1, 3, and 5 must rhyme.
Following is one example of a poem using this pattern.
TAKING A SNOOZE
Encourage babies’ sleep.
But often as I sing I also close my eyes,
And sleep myself until
If you’ve come across this pattern previously, let me know. Or if you’d like to try it yourself, leave your own poem in the “Comments” section below — or leave a link to your own site with your poem in a post.