Hooray! Spring is officially here. I’ve started to see flowers poking their way from the ground. The scenery is greening, and the trees won’t be naked for long. I decided to start the month of April writing Diminished Hexaverse poems. I’ve never attempted this style, but it could be an exciting adventure in meter and word placement. It would be helpful if my muse made an appearance. I’ve heard rumors that he was booked in the delinquent Muse jail on a DWI charge. I look forward to the challenge of writing in this style during April. We need to have a long talk if he ever makes bail. I call this poem Naked Trees.
Diminished Hexaverse and Naked Trees
What is a Diminished Hexaversa poem? I’ve read several definitions of what makes up one of these poems. The easiest way to explain the process is as follows.
- The poem typically consists of five stanzas
- Five lines = stanza one
- Four lines = stanza two
- Three lines= stanza three
- Two lines = stanza four
- One line = stanza five
- This form might have more than five stanzas.
- The syllables correspond to the number of lines in the stanza.
It sounds like a simple form of poetry, but the writing could turn complex as the month unfolds.
Naked Trees The naked trees stand Rocking in the wind Bare branches and twigs Uncovered by fall Long to be reclothed Draped in blooms of Pink and white buds To hide dark shame Scares made by Passing storms Nest where small Creatures live Longing For green Leaves
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