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B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – Tetractys – May 16, 2015

Hello Everyone!

Today I thought we’d look at the Tetractys – it’s another of the short poetry forms; invented by Ray Stebbing it consists of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20).  The Tetractys can be written in more than one verse, but then must each line must be followed by an inverted syllable count (10,4,3,2,1 syllables).  Here’s an example:

New Year

We will
The old year ends…
Fireworks and auld lang syne greet the passing!
And though we know not what she may augur.
We greet the new.
Open armed!
We will

G.s.k. ’13

For our prompt, let’s slip back into the distant past with Manfred Mann and The Mighty Quinn:

Feel free to write a shadorma (a non-rhyming six-line poem in 3/5/3/3/7/5)  and/or Tetractys. The choice is yours! When you have written your poem(s), please TAG them B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie. Then add your link to the Mister Linky widget below.

Have a great week!  Bastet

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I love to read...I like to write...I've travelled the world and seen the sites. I'm past my prime and feel so young, especially when near the young. I'm writing this blog, to remember, to think and to share...with the hopes that someone else will make a comment that will stimulate new thoughts and pathways. Actually, I'm a gabber, so the logical extension of gabbing is blogging! ;-)

18 comments on “B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – Tetractys – May 16, 2015

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    May 16, 2015

    I’ll give it a whirl–no promises that I can meet stellar standards of your regular group.

      May 16, 2015

      Hope I got all the requirements straight–please advise, if not. Thanks!

      • Bastet
        May 17, 2015

        Bravo! The form isn’t quite right but the poem is great … again welcome to our little challenge, Bastet.

        May 17, 2015

        I rechecked the site, and I believe I have the correct syllable count–so I’m confused by your comment.

      • Bastet
        May 17, 2015

        Ah – you’re right! .. so sorry … I mistook your title as part of the poem … many apologies …

    • Bastet
      May 17, 2015

      Well … our regular group members obviously began somewhere … best wishes and happy writing!

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  7. Candy
    May 17, 2015

    Love the Mighty Quinn, Here’s my attempt

    • Bastet
      May 17, 2015

      Ah isn’t he fantastic! Thanks for dropping in!

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