Monday, December 17, 2007

Ever Try to Write a Rictameter Poem? Here are Two

The "Rictameter" is a nine-line poetry form in which the first and last lines are alike, and the syllable count is 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2. I'm no poet, but I'm fascinated by mental challenges like this. Why not give it a try?

Northern Winter

White, beautiful,
Silent, soft, inviting
Snow angels, snowmen, sleds and skis.
Time for warm mittens, scarves, parkas, tall boots.
Drivers' challenge: shovel, plow, clear.
Parents' work, children's joy,
Winter's wonder:

On Writing

Challenge, career,
Pastime, necessity.
What we love and what we practice,
Source of joy and livelihood and respect,
Or what we hate and what we dread.
Time-consuming, source of
Rejection slips.

Copyright 2007 by Marlys Marshall Styne.

1 comment:

storyteller said...

Delightful discovery here ... seeing these reminds me of a poetry form I taught to kids … I think we called it Diamente. I've been seeking "inspiration" for creating this year's original Christmas greeting to friends & family ... and I may play with this one a while today. Thanks and Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Hugs and blessings,