Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 5 October 2019

Welcome to the Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 5 October 2019!

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

You may be thinking to yourself, What on earth is a Monotetra?

Luckily, Shadow Poetry has an explanation…

The monotetra is a new poetic form developed by Michael Walker. Each stanza contains four lines in monorhyme. Each line is in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for a total of eight syllables. What makes the monotetra so powerful as a poetic form, is that the last line contains two metrical feet, repeated. It can have as few as one or two stanzas, or as many as desired.

Stanza Structure:

Line 1: 8 syllables; A1
Line 2: 8 syllables; A2
Line 3: 8 syllables; A3
Line 4: 4 syllables, repeated; A4, A4

Example of Monotetra

Example #1:
An Angel Spoke To Me Today

An angel spoke to me today
But what she said I cannot say
Though my mind’s eye strives to replay
It slips away, it slips away…

I know she came into my room
And lifted me from pain and gloom
To see the beauty of the moon
But gone too soon, but gone too soon…

Her words – they flowed like honey spun
From the rays of the ling’ring sun
And when the whole affair was done
I was at one, I was at one.

An angel spoke to me today
And what she taught I still replay
For all the blacks and browns and grays
Have gone away, have gone away.

Copyright © 2003 Michael Walker

Good luck with your ‘Lucky Dip Monotetra’ – 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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