Escaping Shifting Sands

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.

William Blake

Sweet re:lease

Inside my mind is a place for you to find
An unreserved room where love can freely bloom


Hot Sands aka confounded crustaceans

If you are unsure leave me on the shore
If you tempt the sand I expect you’ve planned


masnavi or mathnawi:
Couplet (or two-line) form.
Each “line” is a “half-line” that rhymes horizontally
Each line is 10 or 11 syllables long (consistent within the poem)
The rhyme scheme is aa/bb/cc/dd and so on. There is no limit on the number of couplets.


Presence Perceived

Myth mired mindscape
Mimes muted dreams
Moulded to wear

Fault lined fabric
Forced into farce
Folly fed tear


The novem is a poetic form invented by Robin Skelton, inspired by the Burmese form than-bauk.
Tercets (or three-line stanzas)
Three words per line
Each line contains two monosyllabic words and one disyllabic word
The disyllabic word shifts in each line: In line 1, it’s the final word; in line 2, the middle word; and in line 3, the first word
Each stanza should repeat one consonant sound at least 4 times
There are no limitations regarding subject matter or rhyme scheme.


Weekly Theme:

Random Poetry Forms


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