Painted Ponies

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 Painted Ponies.

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 Painted Ponies

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.

Painted Ponies

Round and
Round and round we
Go where we stop I don’t
Yet know

Watching
Painted ponies
Circle the carousel
Going

Nowhere
And getting there 
Fast without a winey
Or neigh

Sound of
Organ music
Leads them into battle
Marching

Round and
Round and round we
Go where we stop I don’t
Yet know


To the
Comforting sound
Of Children’s laughter and
Giggles

All the
Painted ponies
Circle the carousel
Because

They have
Traveled the same
Path a million times in
The past


Round and
Round and round we
Go where we stop I don’t
Yet know

Life in 
This circus can
Be easy or so hard
Shifting

With the
Direction of
The carousel you ride
Journey

There is 

Cotton candy
Or lions, tigers, and bears
Your choice.


Round and
Round and round we
Go where we stop I don’t
Yet know


Watching
Painted ponies
Circle the carousel
Unstable



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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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

6 thoughts on “Painted Ponies

  1. Carousels are one of my favorite things since I first rode one as a hardly walking, held by my grandfather to keep me from falling off the horse, young kid. I still have to ride them when we see them.

  2. At Universal Studios in Florida they have a CaraSuessel, which has characters of Dr. Seuss. It was really cool. I’m getting ready to pull some more throwback photos, I’ll see if I can find them!

  3. This poem with this change of background color gives the impression of that movement in circles. As a child I didn’t like cars and I always chose the horse on the carousel. It is a beautiful memory that makes me think of my father who is no longer there. He always took me to the LUNA PARK.

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