We’re soothed by steady ticks and tocks
of our old clock,
to balance up the weight of time;
unclogged by grime,
fine polished gears
count up the years.
We put trust in its staring face,
its plodding pace,
its simple chime
as it calls time.
Kim M. Russell, 2017
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My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar: The Minute Poem
Frank is our host and he says he found today’s form in a post by method two madness: https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/grateful/ who provides a good example.
A minute poem has exactly 60 syllables which he assumes match the 60 seconds in a minute. In that sense it is like the quadrille which has exactly 44 words. However, there are more constraints than the number of syllables.
The form also requires three stanzas of 20 syllables each. Each stanza has four lines. The first line has 8 syllables and the next three lines have 4 syllables each.
If that is not enough constraints, the poem is expected to have end rhymes for the three stanzas that go aabb ccdd eeff.
And if that is not enough, the meter is expected to be iambic: a foot of two syllables, first one unaccented, second one accented.
Frank reassures that, as too many constraints may make a form too difficult and not enough may make the form uninteresting, for this challenge, if we want to relax the rhyme, that is fine. If we want to relax the stanza structure or meter that is fine. And he won’t be counting the syllables!
We can write our minute poem on any topic.