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 Fade to Grey.
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 Fade to Grey
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.
Fade to Grey Silver Lustrous glowing Shiny stuff like dimes In my Pocket Or the earrings Dangling from my ears or Sterling Flask tucked In a pocket To wet a thirst throat Maybe Argent Knives and forks are What’s needed a the time Unless You were Born with a big Silver spoon in your mouth And then There is The silver cross Attached to the neckless Swinging I think I prefer to Fade into the cool gray Because Is where True usefulness Exists in many shades Such as The axe Blade to chop the Wood to heat the cold house And the Grey cat To hunt the grey Mouse who scavenges in The Grey House and The grey kettle Screams from on top of the Grey Stove The grey Garbage can bangs In the backyard alley Because A grey Of the wind and The grey cloud overhead Bringing The rain To wash the bridge Leading to the grey road Crossing Wizard Gandalf the Grey Offers you a chance to Travel So you Keep the shiny Things, I’ll take the useful Grey ones.
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