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 one I will call Ottawa, inspired the Freedom Convoy.
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. One thing for sure, sadness captured my attention during this dark winter.
About the Aquarian and Ottawa
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.
Ottawa I wish Instead of here I was in Ottawa Today Playing In a purple Bouncy house and Dancing in the street for Freedom Giving Good food to the Hungry and heat in the Bitter Cold night For brave truckers Standing against tyrants Today Sort of Like Woodstock back In the freedom-seeking Hippie Party And loud rock-n-roll I have to question now How did We get So frigging old And became our parents I guess We were Right not to trust People over thirty Turn the Page of History and “Hell no, we won’t go” is Sold out To the The highest of The corporate bidders These days
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