Poetry Friday: Zeno Form

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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.
Branches
sway.
Morning quiet,
darkness
stays.
Changing season
shortens
days.

© 2014 Jone Rush MacCulloch all rights reserved

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.

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12 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Zeno Form

  1. 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!

  2. 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…
    Cathy

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