An Etheree is a 10-line poem in which each line follows a syllable count that matches the line number. For example, the first line has one syllable, the second has two, etc. The poem is unrhymed but has rhythm, meaning, imagery, and sometimes an underlying second meaning.23 May 2017.’
The etheree can take a variety of different forms, but for this, my first attempt, I have kept things simple (if that is the correct word for a tricky exercise) and hopefully straightforward.
My second experiment with the poetic form – The CHERITA . . .
‘Cherita’ is the Malay word for story or tale. A cherita consists of a single stanza of a one-line verse, followed by a two-line verse, and then finishing with a three-line verse. It can be written solo or with up to three partners. (See the website at: https://www.thecherita.com for further information).
The wind rustled the branches.
The bird held tight, Swaying with its motion,
Another bird landed beside her She flew off To find her own branch.
He carried a good deal of fat
If it were me I think I would scream
Can’t say fairer than that!
The DRIBBLE is a short poetic form consisting of exactly 100 letters (not 100 characters – spaces and punctuation are not counted. Dribbles usually take the form of a quatrain with a rhyme scheme of abab.
Any subject is acceptable, though it is normally based on a mundane or unconventional subject, but like the haiku or sonnet, some modern poets adhere only to the counting aspect of the form.
Because of the brevity of the form, the title of a dribble is often an integral part of the poem, but its letters are not counted against the total.
The name of the dribble is derived from the micro-fiction form known as the drabble, a story consisting of exactly 100 words.
For what it is worth, my own first attempt is given above . . .
Poets have experimented with poetic form for as long as poetry has existed. One of the most recent exercises in poetic form utilises the mathematics of the Fibonacci sequence and was introduced in recent years by the American author, Gregory K. Pincus. Such poems or verses are often termed ‘FIBS’.
What is a Fib?
‘ The Fibonacci poem is a poetry form based on the structure of the Fibonacci number sequence. For those unfamiliar with the Fibonacci Sequence, it is a mathematical sequence in which every figure is the sum of the two preceding it. Thus, you begin with 1 and the sequence follows as such: 1+1=2; then in turn 1+2=3; then 2+3=5; then 3+5=8 and so on. The poetry sequence therefore consists of lines of 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, and so on with each number representing the number of syllables or words that a writer places in each line of the poem. As a literary device, it is used as a formatted pattern in which one can offer meaning in any organized way, providing the number sequence remains the constancy of the form. The subject of the Fibonacci poem has no restriction, but the difference between a good fib and a great fib is the poetic element that speaks to the reader.’ This description of the form is quoted from: http://www.musepiepress.com/fibreview/
I give three of my own attempts at this poetic form below . . .
of our days
We review our past
Let us not wish to deny it
In all honesty
Only what is valid and true
When at last we make the journey to meet our maker
Of your love for me,
In melodious soothing words,
To nourish the feelings which I long to hear you say.