Writing Pleiades


The definition of a Pleiades is simple. There are three rules for writing one. First, the poem must have a one-word title. It must consist of seven stanzas. The first word of each stanza must start with the same letter as the title word. I noticed this style of verse in a WordPress post by Dakshall Gupta. I enjoyed the wordplay I found in his verse. I decided to try my hand at doing some of these. I started with the letter A. I enjoyed writing pleiades very much.


Age, the slaughterhouse of unrealized dreams.

Agitated torment because of the restless tick tock

Awaiting the movement of the hands of the invisible clock.

Astonished by the demise of well-planned schemes.

Acceptance of my own mortality.

As time makes the ultimate demand of me

And death will claim us all in the end.

I enjoyed writing Pleiades number one.


Amazed about the way a tiny spark can become a flame

Ablaze with rekindled passion and desire

Astonished by how you can still overwhelm my senses

Admiring how you are skilled at lowering all defenses

Absence of unrepentant shame

Accepting of how a little kindling can start a fire

Adour overwhelms me in as we play at this lover’s game

Writing Pleiades became slightly more difficult.


Atrophy of the system I once held dear

Atmosphere of manipulation by distorting fundamental truths into lies

Adorning my face doesn’t mean I’ve covered my eyes

Aggressive guidance into oncoming traffic

Aware I’ve been gas lighted to the tenth degree

Alienation through social isolation

Amnesia for the haunted soul

I decided while writing Pleiades number three I would like to continue this process. The next time I will use the letter B.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana, who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures click here.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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