10-line Poem Challenge #19: Dectina Refrain – Hot Summer Days

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10-line Poem Challenge #19: Dectina Refrain – Hot Summer Days

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Summer Days

Long
very
hot summer
days have arrived.
Light clouds in the sky
no relief from the heat
clouds disappear, in the air.
Grass browning as the sun-rays burn,
the wildflowers still holding their heads high.
“Long very hot summer days have arrived”.

The Dectina Refrain looks exactly like an Etheree, but with one distinguishing characteristic. This form was created by Marion Friedenthal and named by Luke Prater.

  • Like the Etheree, it is a decastitch (10-line stanza) with an emphasis on the syllabic count of each line.
  • Also, like the Etheree, the syllabic count ascends: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
  • Like the Etheree, it is unrhymed.
  • Line 10 is the distinguishing feature between the Etheree and the Dectina Refrain. In the latter form, line 10 is comprised of lines 1-4 altogether and sometimes enclosed in quotation marks. Hence, the refrain.

8 thoughts on “10-line Poem Challenge #19: Dectina Refrain – Hot Summer Days

  1. I like this one very much, Elsie! I’m glad you explain the way a poem is constructed. It’s been so long since I even tried any, and should do so more often.
    Wishing you lovely week! 🙂

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