Accam’s Razor

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 Accam’s Razor.

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 Accam’s Razor

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.

Accam’s Razor

The world
At this stage does
Exist in a constant
State of


Chaotic
Confusion and
Overdramatic lies
Public

Profound
Declarations
Of theories sold as
The truth

Law of
Parsimony
Occam’s Razor hanging
Over

Our heads
But what if the
Streak of lightning is a
UFO

And the
Sun doesn’t revolve
Around the earth like once
Believed

Keeping 
The simple plan
Isn’t the right solution
Shaving

Off the
Excess leads to
The simplification
Of a 

Answer
To a complex
Problem needing all the
Facts to

Come up
With the answer
To a puzzling riddle
Then there’s 

Questions 
Of ought found in
Hume’s Guillotine but I
Won’t play

With that
Theory now
It hangs too far over
My head.

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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4 thoughts on “Accam’s Razor

  1. “theories sold as truth…” Wonderful line. Love it and wish we can be more discerning about what we hear, but most of the time we tend to be lazy.

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