This week’s theme will be My 5 Simple Etheree Poems
What is an Etheree poem?
It is a style of composition for a poem with ten lines. The lines are written in ascending syllable-order, beginning with one syllable for the first line, then two syllables for the second line, three syllables for the third line… it ascends on to the tenth line, which has ten syllables.
The Etheree is named after its creator, Etheree Taylor Armstrong (1918-1994, Arkansas).
Like the case was with Nonets, you do not have to work with any subject or rhyme scheme. You get only the formatting recommendations.
Between today, November 24 and the coming Monday, November 30, write at least one Simple Etheree poem for any five days. You can share as many as you would like whenever you can. However, please ping only one of your pieces a day for the five days to this post.
Read this post for more information on the prompt/challenge.
Breath and Will
Would catch up,
Was a fact, one
That we chose not to
Let bar us from living;
We lived as some of us fell,
But falling was human, it was
What made us stronger and we rose
Every time, remembering to live hard.
Forms of Etheree
Simple. Above, is a Simple Etheree, with 10 lines in an ascending order of syllables (beginning with 1 syllable for the first line, and progressing to 10 syllables in the tenth line). 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.
Reverse. Opposite to a Simple Etheree, is a Reverse Etheree. It features 10 lines in a descending order of syllables (beginning with 10 syllables for the first line, and descending to 1 syllable in the tenth line). 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.
Stacked. A Stacked Etheree features two combined Etherees, bringing the total line count to 20. You can combine two Simple Etherees, so that you have the order: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10. Or you can combine a Simple Etheree and a Reverse Etheree, so that you have: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.
In the coming week, we will look into Reverse Etheree and in the week that follows, we will try out a Stacked Etheree.
See you between the lines!
Benson Langat is a poet, fiction writer, and freelancer. A dreamer, he realizes a world of possibilities through stories and explores life in poetry. Benie is a dad and lives in Nairobi, Kenya.