Monday, March 02, 2015

Monday Poetry Stretch - Scallop

I'm still working through the forms in Spinning Through the Universe: A Novel in Poems from Room 214 by Helen Frost. This week I thought we'd try the scallop. Here are the requirements of the form.
  • three 6-line stanzas, with each having a particular rhyme and a particular number of syllables
  • syllable per line: 2, 4, 6, 6, 4, 2
  • rhyme in each stanza: a b c c b a 
This is how each stanza is constructed:
  • line 1 - 2 syllables, rhyme a
  • line 2 - 4 syllables, rhyme b
  • line 3 - 6 syllables, rhyme c
  • line 4 - 6 syllables, rhyme c
  • line 5 - 4 syllables, rhyme b
  • line 6 - 2 syllables, rhyme a

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


  1. Late Snow

    The snow
    falls fast and light.
    We all thought spring was here,
    bright sun shining, sky clear—
    but the world’s white.
    Oh no.

    I’ve seen
    daffodils start
    out where bulbs lay asleep
    since I planted them deep,
    hope in my heart
    for green.

    Stop storm,
    white flowering.
    Ice, your time here is done.
    Blossoms yellow as sun
    bring back the spring.
    Grow warm.

    —Kate Coombs, 2015
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  2. Just beautiful, Kate. Thanks for giving us all a perfect example.