Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 13 July 2019

Welcome to the Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 13 June 2019!

For this week’s Lucky Dip, I have reached into my mystery bag and pulled out an Oddquain. The topic is up to you!

You may be thinking to yourself, What on earth is an Oddquain?

Luckily, Shadow Poetry has an explanation…

Oddquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem consisting of seventeen syllables distributed 1, 3, 5, 7, 1 in five lines, developed by Glenda L. Hand.

Oddquain variations:

  • oddquain sequences – poems made up of oddquain stanzas
  • crown oddquains – a five stanza oddquain sequence
  • reverse oddquains – an oddquain with a reverse syllable pattern of 1-7-5-3-1
  • mirror oddquains – a two stanza oddquain sequence of the pattern 1-3-5-7-1 1-7-5-3-1
  • oddquain butterflies – a “merged mirror oddquain” where the two stanzas of a mirror oddquain are merged together, one of the middle 1 syllable lines is dropped, resulting in one nine line stanza of the form 1-3-5-7-1-7-5-3-1. Please note that an oddquain butterfly is not an “oddquain” because it doesn’t have five lines, but it is “butterfly” made up of two oddquains that were merged together into one poem.

Examples of Oddquain poetry

  • Example #1:
  • Autumn

    leaves floating
    downward, spiral dance
    of joy begun, welcoming

    Copyright © 2006 Glenda L. Hand

    Example #2:

    Change of Seasons (Mirror Oddquain)

    bites with cold
    bitter now after
    summer’s warmth has fled away–
    spirals gold and red leaves
    mixed into colored
    carpet, new

    Copyright © 2006 Glenda L. Hand

    Example #3:

    Celebration (Butterfly Oddquain)

    dances in
    September’s swirl of
    leaves, golden colors form her
    of dazzling freedom, twirling
    into the final
    fall to earth’s

    Copyright © 2006 Glenda L. Hand

    Example #4:

    At Last I’ve Let Go (Crown Oddquain)

    once full of colour
    now shards of disappointment

    feelings crushed
    beneath tumbled words
    washed out with twilight raindrops

    for much thought
    and straightforwardness
    shilly-shallying cut short

    chalk, smudged to nothing
    curtain call on future dreams

    scented rains
    that watered my soul
    no longer wreaks disorder

    Copyright © 2006 Claire Litchfield

    Good luck with your ‘Lucky Dip Oddquain’ – I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Don’t forget to tag ‘Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’, ‘Saturday Mix’, and hashtag #LuckyDip.

    As always, make sure you link your fabulous creation to the helpful Mister Linky.


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