On Form

Whilst dabbling with alternative poetic forms I came across the Tetractys. This is a poetic form invented by Ray Stebbing, consisting of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20). A Tetractys can be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count. The Tetractys can also bereversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Double Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1

Dreamy Double Tetractys




Pause and recline

My open pores drink in the sun-drenched vibes

Whipped cream puffs scud through the true blue skyline

Be with the now

Trickle tones



16 thoughts on “On Form

  1. I like how each distinct thought connects and blends with the others, also how trying new forms gets us to pull material from a deeper place. I especially liked the closing lines: “Trickle tones / Melting / Home.” You might enjoy Zeno, a form that is both syllabic and rhyming. Ten lines, syllable count 8-4-2-1-4-2-1-4-2-1, lines 4, 7, and 10 (the one-syllable lines) rhyme. Here is a quick example:
    Sam’s poetry is so heartfelt,
    and up-
    Joy to find her
    in my
    planting β€œyou can
    do it”

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