Her Ocean (A Parallelogram de Crystalline)

In darkness,
she’s the spark of fire
that warms your soul and lights your way home.

At sunrise,
her blood stains the clouds red
warning you of the incoming storm.

At high noon,
her passion, flash flooding,
washes you out into her ocean.

At sunset,
recovering deep breaths,
clutching you close to keep you afloat.

~*~

After a failed Sestina, I settled for a Parallelogram de Crystalline which came out a lot easier. Four stanzas, three lines each with the syllable pattern 3, 6, 9.

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Basking (A Cinquain)

Sunlight
pouring in through
the south-facing windows
to warm the whiskers of basking
felines.

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The Cinquain is another syllable-count ruled poem — 5 lines with syllable counts 2, 4 6, 8, and 2. It can be expanded upon with multiple stanzas, reversed, mirrored, etc.

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Onion Tears (A Shape Poem)

I set out to shape this poem in the silhouette of an onion, but I think the shape it ended up taking is more fitting.

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A
sweet
yellow onion.
The summoner of  a
million tears from blinded
eyes as it meets its demise by the
hands on a guillotine knife. Wading
knee deep in onion flesh, the path to
sublime taste is often littered with
paper-thin discarded skins
and roots.

~*~

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Teasing (A Tyburn)

Seizing
Teasing
Squeezing
Pleasing
Playful captive, seizing, teasing. Damn. . .
Yielding to his squeezing, pleasing hand.

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A Tyburn is a six lined poem with a set syllable count per line. The first four lines have two syllables each and all rhyme. The ending two lines have nine syllables each but four per line are already spoken for because the first four words are reused. So you must choose your words wisely.

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Death (An Experimental Tanka)

He saunters
out of the gloam
whistling a tune
of death, destruction and doom
scythe swinging for a neck.

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Shadow Poetry has a long post about the Tanka style of poetry. It lists three ways to write a Tanka. I chose the “Write 5 lines of 31 syllables or LESS, letting the poem dictate the line length” option. Hence the “experimental” part of the Tanka.

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