Archive for January, 2019

Acrostic Decima Poetry – Sweet Tooth

Photo Credit

Acrostic Decima Poetry Sweet Tooth

Small slices of cake are healthy
while some humans will eat plenty
eventually will need a nap
ecstasy, adding fat to the belly
the clothes don’t fit, a handicap

Tasty cake brought from a deli
often sometimes that’s unhealthy
overdone with rich oily crap
time to put on the thinking cap
having eaten cake now jelly.

Copyright © 2019 Elsie Hagley

Acrostic Decima: 10 Lined Poem the Decima form with an acrostic.

Write the two five words used in the poem vertically to start the line. 
Syllable Count: 8 syllables per line.
Rhyme Scheme: a-a-b-a-b, a-a-b-b-a. 
Only two rhymes a & b. Not a rhyming couplet at the end. 

An acrostic in poetry is a poem where certain letters in each line spell out a word or phrase. Typically, the first letters of each line are used to spell the message.

But they can appear anywhere, in my poem it is the first letter (Sweet Tooth), the title of the poem

Tags: , ,

Jeffreys Sonnet Poem – New Beginning

Photo Credit

Jeffreys Sonnet Poem – New Beginning

Weather beaten life – crumbling down
don’t attempt a dive, you may drown.
The cliff may also fall apart-
taking your body out to sea
with that shrub soon to disappear,
never to be seen, my sweetheart.

Stop, let us talk – now how about
making a fresh start, sort it out
it’s not worth cutting your life short
There is so much living to do.
Talking will help you get through
Come, lets try you can be a sport.

You have a bruised heart – I knew that
Let’s give it a try, I’ll support.

What is  Jeffreys Sonnet Poetry  It was created by Scott J. Alcorn.

It is isosyllabic (only 8 syllable per line), 2 sestets with a cross rhymed couplet (the cross rhyme is in the 2nd to 4th syllable in each of the two lines of the couplet).

Also there is a cross rhyme in the first line of the 2nd sestet (between the 2nd to 4th syllable), tying the 1st sestet to the 2nd.

So the rhyme scheme would be: aabccb, (b)ddeffe, (e)g (g)e.

The letters in ( ) are the cross rhymes.

Tags: , ,

Tanka Poem – Beautiful and Wild

Tanka Poem  – Beautiful and Wild

sheltering beauty

butterflies venturing out

exploring new life

viewing amazing insects

always excites my wild heart

Tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Tags: , ,

Bussokusekika Poetry – Love of Nature

Photo Credit

Bussokusekika Poetry – Love of Nature

sound of birds singing

echos deep in the valley

breeze whistling through trees

the cry of a newborn kid

nanny goat answers high pitch

nature provides peace within

Bussokusekika Poetry – a pattern of 5-7-5-7-7-7

A Tanka poem with an extra phrase of seven added on at the end.

Often a exchange between lovers – in this poem it is the memories about the love of nature and life.

Tags: , ,

Free Verse Poem – Tiredness

Free Verse Poem – Tiredness

Bad things happen when you are tired, they say
Just let me be for now, I need to rest.
Rest a little, but you must keep moving
there is no time to spend wastefully.

Exhaustion slowly taking over my tired mind
Show me the way to solitude please. I need it
It is hours that I have been lying here awake
a dream coming on, I’m in a hopeless state

A perfect place to sleep in those shadows
My insecurities within the tiredness show
Sleep didn’t honour me with it’s presence
So I will follow you, which way do I go now.

Copyright © 2019 Elsie Hagley

What is Free Verse Poetry? – No limitations – What is the difference between blank verse and free verse? The difference is in the structure. Both blank verse and free verse are free from rhyme scheme. But, whereas blank verse does have a consistent meter, usually iambic pentameter, that creates a du-DUM rhythm effect, free verse is free from both meter and rhyme. It is free from the limitations of verse poetry.

Tags: , ,

Double Tetractys Poetry – Cute Circle

Photo Credit

Double Tetractys Poetry – Cute Circle

cute
cygnets
all cuddling
in a circle
grace and beauty, stillness to be enjoyed
their mother, a female swan called a pen
enjoys a break
relaxing
swimming
peace

Copyright © 2019 Elsie Hagley

Double Tetractys is a decastitch (10-line stanza) with an emphasis on the syllabic count of each line.

  • Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-10-10-4-3-2-1
  • It should express a complete thought and may be on any theme and express any mood.
  • Rhyme is optional.

Tags: , ,

Tanka Poetry – Prepare for a Weather Surprise

Photo Credit

Tanka Poetry  – Prepare for a Weather Surprise

sun breaking through clouds

storm approaching from the north

prepare for more rain

a new day brings surprises

the harshness of nature shows

Tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Tags: , ,

Tanka Poem – Winter Mornings

Photo Credit

Tanka Poem  – Winter Mornings

lake reflections shine
showing the chill of winter
hills bathe in cold ice
remembering school mornings
when the air was very sharp

Tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Tags: , ,

Reverse Nonet Poetry – Baby Blessings

Photo Credit

Reverse Nonet Poetry – Baby Blessings

Unconditional love for happiness
whisperings from angels above
giving blessings from heaven
cherish the greatest gift
let them fill your heart
with total peace
completeness
within,
smile
love
and kiss
tenderly
those precious lips
smile even in sleep
chubby delicate cheeks
with dimples touching the heart
color theme tells us boy or girl
three cute little babies now sleeping.

Copyright © 2019 Elsie Hagley

Reverse Nonet – A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc… until line nine that finishes with one syllable. 

It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional.

 You can also write a second stanza in reverse, 1-9 syllables, for a kind of opposite or mirror.

Tags: , ,

Emotions and Healing – Double Etheree Poem

Photo Credit

Emotions and Healing – Double Etheree Poem

Life
Sadness,
bitterness
confusion kills.
Don’t save emotions.
Channel them all out now
never ignore your feelings.
Understand why you feel like this
wounded heart will heal in the future,
never be ashamed to weep, that’s grieving
emotions heal when they are heard, so speak
concealing twisted emotions kill
or damage the mind forever.
Feeling good is everything,
sun’s shining. Let it shine,
give someone a hug,
opens your heart.
Listen, you
can hear
music.

Copyright © 2019 Elsie Hagley

Double Etheree – Two Etheree stanzas, where the second one is reversed.Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Rhyme not required.

Tags: , , ,