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 Slow Burn.
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. I know for sure that sadness captured my attention during this dark winter.
About the Aquarian and Slow Burn
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.
Slow Burn Stuck here Waiting for my Wings to mend before I Can fly Again I know what it Means to fly to close to The sun Scorch and Burn before you Tumble to the ground and Wallow In the Dirt grieving for The clouds and the sun and The stars It is The slow burn The slow burn that Will crush Every Time you try to Soar out of their Grasping Clumsy hands One thing Experience Has taught me the ground is So hard When you Were born to take Flight and live among the Blue clouds It is Hard to smolder With the hot heat from a Slow burn Stuck here Waiting for my Wings to mend before I Can fly
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