Leave Taking

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 Leave Taking.

Brady’s Touch and Leave Taking

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.

Leave Taking

The delicate art of leave taking
It requires one to make plans ahead
You should consider the right words
That will make the leaving gentle
And kind

Leave taking is more for the living
Then for the one that finds themselves dead
The dear ones left to weep and morn
A life to grieve and dismantle
Streamlined

After the service and the grieving
With many memories in your head
Take a deep breath and slowly sigh
This rough storm is hard to handle.
Unwind.




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.

4 thoughts on “Leave Taking

  1. I just posted a verse about a death in the family, and now I read your work. Both efforts, I believe, get at informally formal things to do. I think many will find your poem helpfully engaging.

  2. I admire your resolve. I mean it is great to experiment with different poetic formats one at a time or three at a time. With a shining example as you, I am quite inspired. So far I’ve only know free style and haiku. That’s it. Exploring and exploring. Happy exploring.

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