The Old Man

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 Old Man.

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

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.

This one I will call The Old Man

The Old Man 

The old
Man is sitting
In the hardback wood chair
Crying

Dry tears
Of silent guilt
Over things that can’t be
Ever change

Weeping
Useless moans of 
Longing for those who went
Away


Looking
Out upon the snow
Covered winter white ground
He knows

He is
Will rest there soon
Cold  and alone just like
The ones

Who went
Before him did
The dirt swallowed them all
Thirsty

For kin
And company 
Sleep the sleep of the dead
Until

All is 
Finished on
The resurrection Day
Morning

Dawning
With the bright sun
Of glory and bringing life
To death








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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