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 Winter Storm.
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. A little winter time blues.
About the Aquarian and Winter Storm
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.
Winter Storm Two days Before the snow I traveled to the store And laughed. Made fun Of the insane Panic and empty shelves. Because Of all The weather lies Told in winters long past By the Faces Staring from my Television screen news At ten Then the Snow started to Fall from a blank white sky And I Knew the Forecast was True and this was no joke Falling, From a Lackluster sky Snowflakes falling on Green ground. Now white With winters harsh Reminder of the past Has come. I hear Old timers claim This one is as bad as 78. No Way. It is But different With less wind and drifting Again This one Will be one for The record books to live In time I hate To admit it The weatherman was right This time.
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