While looking over verse forms I came across some references to Skeletonic verse. Most references link back to Robert Lee Brewer's blog Poetic Asides, but I can't get the darn link to work. So, here's what I've been able to cobble together from other sources about the requirements for writing in this form.
- Lines should be between three and six words in length
- Every end word rhymes with the previous, until a new set of rhymes is started
- The rhyme should stay the same until it loses its energy or impact
You can read a much more academic definition at Poetry Magnum Opus - Skeletonic Verse / Tumbling Verse / Sprung Rhythm. You'll also find an example here (in ye olde English!).
You'll find a nice description at Daniels Nester's Teaching blog with examples of rap lyrics that fit this form (though perhaps not the line length).
I'll share one more example, this excerpt from an Allen Ginsberg poem.
Jumping the Gun on the Sun
by Allen Ginsberg
is the key
If you love
Hold your ground,
Hear the sound
Smell your blood
taste your good
bagels & lox
Wash your sox
Read the poem in its entirety.
So, your challenge this week is to write a skeletonic verse. Leave me a note about your poem and I'll share the results later this week.