Poetry Friday is hosted at Merely Day By Day. Thanks, Cathy.
Last night I read a zeno by by Carol Varsalona at Today’s Little Ditty.
It was invented by J. Patrick Lewis .
Here’s the challenge from him: I’d like to challenge your readers to write a “zeno,” which is a new verse form I invented. The zeno was inspired by the “hailstone sequence” in mathematics. I define a zeno as a 10-line poem with 8,4,2,1,4,2,1,4,2,1 syllables that rhyme abcdefdghd.
Driving to work yesterday was much like this:
First storm of autumn: drenching rain,
leaves tumble down.
© 2014 Jone Rush MacCulloch all rights reserved
Jone, thanks for mentioning my zeno in your posting. I enjoyed reading your offering and wonder if you would like to submit that one with a photo for the “Finding Fall Gallery” that I mention in my Poetry Friday offering today. Happy fall!
Oh Jone, I LOVE this. You paint the season so well! (Thanks for sending it to me for this month’s challenge too.)
Love it, Jone. You managed to include everything. I wish we had some rain, & you probably would like to send some our way!
OK, Jone. I’m just impressed. I first saw the “zeno” after visiting Catherine’s blog which led me back to Michelle’s blog…and so on. After reading Catherine’s zeno, I thought, I can do that. So last Friday I had planned to write one for Poetry Friday, but couldn’t make it work. It was the one syllable rhyming lines that got me every time.
I loved your “zeno.” A little sad to know that all to soon, “darkness stays.”
Maybe I’ll try again…
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Love your poem! I want to try it with my students, if not just to see the effort that goes into making it work…thank you!
Nicely done, Jone.
Perfectly balanced zeno, Jone! =)
Very nice! The form fits the subject, too.
Lovely! I’m going to have to try this form!!
Wonderful zeno–flows beautifully and you’ve captured the changing seasons.