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 False Flag.
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 False Flag
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.
False Flag You arm Yourself with the Right sort of convincing Word to Produce Guilt or distain Your favorite sharpened Weapon Aimed in Our direction False argument from a Fake flag Disguised To look like an Ally and a close friend Not a Hostile Insurgent on This battlefield of truth Ship with False flag Unfurled for us To lower defenses Allow You to Misrepresent Your intentions and start The war Operating From the fabric Woven with deception You march Toward Our border to Bring us to the near brink Of war Then you Retreat without Acknowledging defeat You win Because You were never Strong enough to put up A fight
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