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 Poor Man’s Gifts.
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 Poor Man’s Gifts
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.
Poor Man’s Gifts Rich in Faith when times get Hard and the dollar soft This is One of The poor man’s gifts That sustains hope when there Is none. Fall in Love at first sight With the girl who becomes Your wife Arms to Hold you through the Endless frigid winter nights This is One of The poor man’s gifts That sustains hope when there Is none. Children’s Faces around The fire to enjoy This is One of The poor man’s gifts That sustains hope when there Is none. Rich in Love, hope, and faith He counts all his blessings This is One of The poor man’s gifts That sustains hope when there Is none
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