Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday Poetry Stretch - Minute Poem

Sometimes I find the most interesting poetic forms on the internet. In some cases it's impossible to tell who invented them or what their historical roots are. Here is one such form.

A minute poem consists of 3 quatrains. Each quatrain is written in iambic meter and is composed an 8 syllable first line, with the remaining lines only 4 syllables each. The rhyme scheme is AABB/CCDD/EEFF.

You can learn more about the minute poem and read an examples at Shadow Poetry and Poetry Dances.

I hope you'll join me this week in writing a minute poem. Please share a link to your poem or the poem itself in the comments.


  1. Ex. No, Really: EX!

    I hear him, recognize his walk.
    Just wants to talk.
    Yeah, he loves me.
    He can’t, won’t see

    where once we had a shining light
    now it’s just night.
    Roses aren’t red.
    They’re simply dead.

    What will it take to make him go?
    (He’s kinda slow.)
    No love. No fun.
    Buddy, we’re done!

    —Kate Coombs, 2015
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    1. Love your take on this stretch, Kate!