Okay, so I had so much fun exploring the Breccbairdne, Blackout, and Brady’s Touch world of poems in March I decided to carry it over into April. I felt like I didn’t learn enough about these varied writing styles, and I plan to carry on this poetic adventure while the buds start blooming on the trees. I still have many pages left to use from the pages of Mr. Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt. It would be a shame to allow them to go to waste. I’m starting to learn important lessons about meter and rhythm. I’m searching every corner of my mind for new inspiration. It almost feels like I’m running an intellectual marathon. Let’s get started. This poem is a Brady’s Touch poem I called Stoking the Fire.
Brady’s Touch and Stoking the Fire
Maryann-Merryweather Travis created the Brady’s Touch style of poetry in November 2006 to honor Allen Brady. This style of poetry is a 2 stanza 10-line poem. It follows the pattern listed below, but sometimes I break the rules and add two more stanzas for fun.
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.
The Twisted Tail blogger turned me onto the rear word generator. I decided to use the rare words I discovered there for inspiration. For this poem, I chose the word ‘quidnunc,’ meaning a one who wants to know what is going on.
Stoking the Fire Imagine it’s none of your business Then pretend to look the other way Not nice to become a quidnunc When there are better things to do Ceasefire Gossip travels with speed and quickness Traveling miles in a single day The one who knows what’s going on Creates all the hullabaloo Bonfire
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