Monday, November 02, 2015

Monday Poetry Stretch - Rictameter

Created in 1990 by two cousins, rictameter is a nine line poetry form in which the 1st and last lines are the same. The syllable count is 2/4/6/8/10/8/6/4/2.

You can learn more about this relatively young form at Wikipedia, or read some examples at Shadow Poetry.

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


  1. Last Night

    Last night
    the cold showed up.
    Now the grass and flowers
    believe that it’s fall. But not me.
    Yesterday the sky sang blue. The sun shone
    like a kindergartner drew it,
    like it should have a smile.
    (It was so cold
    last night.)

    —Kate Coombs, 2015
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  2. Everything I did (and everyone of these I read with the exception of Kate's) sounded like statements not poems. Maybe I just don't get this form.

    1. So you wrote "Light and Shade"--beautiful!

  3. You

    You are
    the crest upon
    a robin’s chest, the blue
    in a bluebird’s feathery nest.
    You’re the song I sing when I go to sleep,
    the words I pray my soul to keep
    when I need to be strong…
    and if I’m not—
    you are.

    -- (c) jgk, 2015