What Do You See? Sept/18/2018 – Mosaic of Life

What do you see

What Do You See? Sept/18/2018 – Mosaic of Life

#1o Lined Poetry

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Mosaic of Life

Mosaic mural of faces and living
I can see happiness and laughter
Magnify by those tiny squares
the beauty of mixed humans
In their own home township
memorable fine day
faces smiling
full of fun

Reverse Etheree Poetry – Syllabic Pattern: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, Rhyme: None.


10-lined Poetry – Dizain – Lazy Summer Days


10-lined Poetry  – Dizain – Lazy Summer Days

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Lazy Summer Days

Those lazy hazy days of summertime
Floating on the river like a squatter
Just lingering motionless wasting time
Listening to the murmur of the water
As the body gets hotter and hotter
Wishing for a breeze and some cooler shade
Instead of the scorching days that invade,
hoping the glaring sun would overcast,
If it only rained to cool the air not stayed
The refreshed air would give us all a blast.

Summary – The Dizain is a French form popular in the 15th and 16th centuries, it is a single stanza of 8 or 10 lines (10 being more common), with 8 or 10 syllables in each line 

The rhyme scheme is ababcdcd, or ababbccdcd.

This poem is a 10 lined, 10 syllables, with rhyme ababbccdcd.

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


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

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Summer Days

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.

10-line Poem Challenge #16: Double Five – Missing You


10-line Poem Challenge #16: Double Five – Missing You

Dear Sister-in-law Kath

You passed away, 19 July 2018
Eighty-six years of bliss
Footprints in the sand of time
The joy you gave every day,
life was like music with you around.

Your sweet soul is now in heaven
Death is a brief separation
The sun will shine again
When we meet again someday
Dancing high in the heavens.

Double Five is a

  • It is a decastitch written in two stanzas of 5 lines each (quintets).
  • The lines are short (how short?).
  • The poem has a title.
  • The theme is a portrait, usually of a loved one.
  • Nothing specific is stated regarding rhythm, meter, or rhyme.

10-line Poem Challenge #15: Decannelle – Memories


10-line Poem Challenge #15: Decannelle – Memories

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Enjoyments of Old Age

Sight of food always excites me
Pizza with much stringy cheese
Mushrooms, tomatoes, and olives
and a cup of coffee, please.
In order to really enjoy
nice view always guarantees.
The company of my husband,
a gentleman and so kind,
bringing memories, courting days,
strongly in my tired mind.

The Decannelle is a decastich (10-line poem) created by Joseph Nutter. It was made popular in 1949 when published in a poetry magazine.

  • It is written in a single 10-line stanza in trochaic tetrameter, alternating between feminine and masculine endings.
  • Odd-numbered lines have unrhymed feminine endings (8 syllables each)
  • Even-numbered lines have rhymed masculine endings (7 syllables each)
  • Rhyme scheme: xaxaxaxbxb – with the x being unrhymed
  • The Decannelle may be written on any topic.

10-line Poem Challenge #14: Brady’s Touch – Summer Days


10-line Poem Challenge #14: Brady’s Touch – Summer Days

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Harvest is Finished

Summer hay harvested, been cut and baled
Clouds appearing on the horizon
Rain, a much-needed component
Will restore growth in the meadow,
nice field.

The smell of fresh cut hay is inhaled
as a breath of cooler air flies in
by a lady walking her horse
enjoying the warm bright sun glow

Brady’s Touch is a decastich (10-line poem) created by Maryann Merryweather-Travis on November 2006, in honor of Allen Brady.

  • It is made of 2 quintets (5-line stanzas) with a specific rhyme and syllabic count.
  • Line length: Each stanza follows the same pattern of 9-9-8-8-2 syllables.
  • Rhyme scheme: abxcd abxcd
  • Thus the second stanza is an exact replica of the first stanza in terms of line length and rhyme. The poem really has a nice sound, with the rhyming sounds being so far apart from each other.

10-line Poem Challenge #13: Trianglet – Mother Theresa


10-line Poem Challenge #13: Trianglet – Mother Theresa

Photo Credit – Memorial house of Mother Teresa

Supreme Lady

never a boss
Mother Theresa
Genius Carissa
sign of the cross

The Trianglet was created by Mina M. Sutherland.

  • It is a decastich written in one stanza.
  • The second half of the poem is a reflection of the first half in both its rhyme and its syllabic pattern.
  • The lines have a syllabic pattern of: 1-2-3-4-5-5-4-3-2-1.
  • The rhyme scheme is: AbcxddxcbA.
  • The poem begins and ends with the same one-syllable word (lines 1 & 10).

10-line Poem Challenge #12: Zeno – Black Swans


10-line Poem Challenge #12: Zeno – Black Swans

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Romantic Black Swans

Pair of black swans sharing true love.
Enjoy nature
love shows.
It’s a system
producing young.
That’s the

The Zeno is a decastich created by J. Patrick Lewis, who says of his form: “I call the form a ‘Zeno,’ so named for Zeno, the philosopher of paradoxes, especially the dichotomy paradox, according to which getting anywhere involves first getting halfway there and then again halfway there, and so on ad infinitum.”

  • It is a decastich written in one stanza.
  • The lines have a syllabic pattern of: 8-4-2-1-4-2-1-4-2-1.
  • The rhyme scheme is: abcdefdghd.

10-line Poem Challenge #11: Mini Monoverse – Wild Flowers


10-line Poem Challenge #11: Mini Monoverse – Wild Flowers

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Beautiful Scene

sun showers
have powers
growth towers
for hours

pretty scene
weeds are screen
much cuisine
color between
the rich green

The Mini Monoverse was created by Emily Romano.

  • It is a decastich written in 2 stanzas of 5 3-syllable lines.
  • Rhyme scheme: aaaaa bbbbb
  • The poem should tell a story, but this is not required.
  • It may be doubled, in which case the additional stanzas would rhyme ccccc ddddd. But of course, it would not be a decastich if doubled so we will stick to the original 2 stanzas for this exercise.

10-line Poem Challenge #10: Carpe Diem – Koala


10-line Poem Challenge #10: Carpe Diem – Koala

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Koala- Loveable Australia Animal

Koala, with tailless body,
and it’s large fluffy ears.
Clinging by claws
for its eucalyptus diet of leaves.
Big nose,
and popping eyes,
brown to silver-grey fur,
a true Australia icon.
Little joeys live in their mother’s pouch.

The Carpe Diem was created by Pat Simpson on August 15, 2010.

It is a Decastich written in one single stanza.
Carpe diem means “seize the day;” therefore, the subject should be anything that makes you happy.
There is no meter or rhyme requirement.
But each line has a prescribed syllabic length: 8-6-4-2-10-2-4-6-8-10