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 launch 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 Breccbairdne poem I called Scuttlebutt.
Breccbairdne and Scuttlebutt
This form of poetry is an Irish quatrain. The standard pattern is as follows.
1. Four line stanzas
2. Five syllables in the first line. Followed by six syllables in the next three lines
3. Lines two and four rhyme
4. All end words consonant
Scuttlebutt People will gossip For lack of a better Way to spread a scandal Hand out like a beggar Water as rumor Spreading like a wildfire Blend of fact and stories With a hint of desire Tingle the eardrums With a pinch of hearsay Water cooler magic After constant replay Silent dark whispers Exposed in the daylight Every tongue left wagging Has its share of delight
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