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 I will call The Gardener.
I am discovering this style of poetry is harder than it first appeared. You only have to develop 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. These short poems have gotten darker, and I am not sure why. Maybe it’s caused by the dark winter or all the conflicting messages we get these days. There is one thing for sure. They are filled with a touch of sadness.
About the Aquarian
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.
I will call this one The Gardener
The Gardener She kills Every green thing her Hands touch trying to make Grow strong Green things Seem to know she Knows nothing about soil Mixture Forgets About all of the Watering or she does Too much When she Remembers to Add liquid moisture or Plant food Lilies Run for cover And violets cringe and Roses Sway in The air beside As kitchen rusty door Swings shut Carrots Hide beneath the Soil with the potatoes Secure From her Evil gardeners Hands, bringing death to all Growing In her Field of dirt and Stone shrines dedicated To plants Lettuce Cauliflower Broccoli must all take Chances In this Dance of green death Toxic finger sometimes Linger Over Unmarked graves Of the victims she did Betray
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