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 this one Shedding.
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.
Shedding Shedding My old coat of Useless information Cut it Shredding The evening news False talk played every night Trash it Hearing All the evil in The world slanted bad Stop it. Hearing All the evil in The world slanted bad Stop it. Blindfolded In this crooked Maze of confusion and Turmoil Who do I trust when all Our leaders are for sale Dang it Shedding My firm faith in Government for the people I sigh Two sides Same coin of graft I turn off my boob tube And laugh At all Ridiculous Dramatic acting of The day They can’t Even report The local weather news without Hints of A healthy dose Of exaggeration These days
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