I wanted to find some interesting styles of poetry for 2022. Metered poetry has always been a challenge for me. I discovered I subconsciously avoided the challenge of dabbling in this particular writing pattern. This year I decided to spread my wings and fly into the face of the storm. I stumbled across the Aquarian by accident and thought it might be interesting to play with this metered style during the last part of January and the entire month of February. This Aquarian I will call Wildcat Creek.
I am discovering this style of poetry is harder than it first appeared. You only have to some up with fourteen syllables for each stanza, but sometimes you want to write more. Plus, I find the constant counting of the syllables distracting. I also have to fight the urge to create rhythms.
About the Aquarian
Maris Mazz created this metered style of poetry.
Each stanza has lines of 2/4/6/2 syllables. They can have any number of stanzas creating multiples of 4 lines. They aren’t supposed to rhythm at all.
Ice flow On a muddy Creek in January Awe struck Watching The water pass Rocks and accumulated Debris Old tree Limbs from sick trees Littered trapped in the stream Of water Fast food Bag discarded From a passing car as Rubbish Filthy Baby diaper Left floating in the mirk Down creek Toxic Run off from the Closed up factories still Seeping Don’t swim In the water Three headed fish do exit Water deep Flooding Likely in the Spring when the rain falls hard Rowing A boat Toward a slick Shore lined with mud and gore Restless Wildcat Creek names after cats Who roamed its banks once now Extinct
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