I am happy March has arrived, and I can put my adventure with the Aquarian metered poetry behind me. I’ve decided to move into new territory. In the past, I have devoted myself to writing a single style of poetry for the month. Writing in the same style for thirty days can get tiring, so I will lunch a new way of attacking my poetic journey. I will explore three new types of poetry in March, and I plan to write Breccbairdne, Blackout, and Brady’s Touch poems. This poetic adventure will teach me many important lessons about meter and rhythm. Let’s get started. This poem is a Brady’s Touch poem titled Bottom of the Barrel.
Brady’s Touch and Bottom of the Barrel
Maryann-Merryweather Travis created the Brady’s Touch style of poetry in November 2006 to honor Allen Brady. This style of poetry is a decastich or 10 line poem. It follows the pattern listed below.
1. 2 quintets or 5-line stanza with a specific rhyme and syllable count
2. Each stanza follows the same pattern 9-9-8-8-2 syllables
3. Rhyme scheme is abcde abfde
4. The second stanza should be a replica of the first in the length of lines and rhyme.
Bottom of the Barrel Everything looks pure and sunshine bright Lack of sediment to block the view Shiny perfect particles dance At the bottom of the barrel Rotting Dealing with the absence of sunlight We hunger for something bright and new Scrape us off, scrape us off and then Lick us like a cat that’s feral Cleaning We are neglected and out of sight Forced to flounder about and make due Might be your best hope in the end Scrape the bottom when in peril Praying
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