Syllabic Verse

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This time, Mr. Fry led a study of syllabic verse – stresses need not apply.

Part 1: Write at least two stanzas of alternating seven- and five-syllable syllabic verse: subject rain.

Drip, drop, drip. In drier climes

That rhythm brings joy.

In the world’s rain forests, though:

Just another day.

I disagree with Stephen.

Rain does have a smell.

In spring, it hearkens new growth

With its muddiness.

Fall rain carries burning wood

And fallen rotting

Leaves. But also hope of

Winter’s brittle nights.

Part 2: Write two stanzas of verse running 3, 6, 1, 4, 8, 4, 1, 6, 3: subject hygiene.

Flapping skin.

I’ve got it in spades, for


Apply the dust!

Wet, stinking, rotting, flesh – trapped un-*

Der expanding


Surgery must wait for

I’m not done

Shrinking yet.

So my bat wings will just


My skin is young.

Maybe it will snap back like an

Elastic band,


The jaws of a great white.

Take that, fat!

*If Marianne Moore can do it in poetry, then so can I!


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