Oh dear, I have become partial to writing the odd poem after supper, the odder the better.
The latest challenge from Grace on dVerse involves the minute poem, a 60-second poem represented by sixty syllables (twenty per each of three stanzas), following a particular (invented) form 8.4.4 4 and rhyming pattern aabb.
As Grace tells us:
The Minute Poem is a 60 syllable verse form, one syllable for each second in a minute. The theme should be an event that is over and done completely, as in a minute. Since the dominant line is short the effect is likely humorous, whimsical or semi-serious. It was created by Verna Lee Hinegardner, once poet laureate of Arkansas.
The elements of the Minute Poem are:
1. narrative poetry.
2. a 12 line poem made up of 3 quatrains. (3 of 4-line stanzas)
3. syllabic, 8-4-4-4 8-4-4-4 8-4-4-4 (First line has 8 syllables of each stanza. Remaining lines has 4 syllables in each stanza)
4. rhymed, rhyme scheme of aabb ccdd eeff.
5. description of a finished event (preferably something done is 60 seconds).
6. is best suited to light verse, likely humorous, whimsical or semi-serious.
Suited to “humorous” topics, so – being prone to a little doggerel – I couldn’t resist.
(Once I was the winner of a limerick contest, winning a book of limericks so vile that I had to give it to a charity shop to spare my maidenly blushes, even though I was matronly by then).
This minute offering is altogether cleaner on the palate: brushing for British smiles put the paste on the bristly brush: no need to rush, you've got a split second to spit but first add water and a short froth as she taught: (the hygienist, dental cleanest) now get into the best skilling: avoid drilling and gum disease - which incur fees © Kathy Labrum McVittie 27 January 2022 All rights reserved
So now I’d better clean my teeth – for a minute – before bed.