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My Poetic 5 Challenge: Reverse Etheree Poem

This week’s theme will be My 5 Reverse Etheree Poems.

What is a Reverse Etheree poem?

It is a style of composition for a poem with 10 lines. The lines are written in a descending order of syllables (beginning with 10 syllables for the first line, and descending to 1 syllable in the tenth line). 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

An Etheree poem…

Named after Etheree Taylor, its creator, it features a poem with ten lines, written in ascending syllable-order, beginning with one syllable for the first line, then two syllables for the second line, three syllables for the third line… it ascends on to the tenth line, which has ten syllables.

You can consider a Reverse Etheree its opposite.

Subject? Rhyme?

No subject restrictions and no rhyme scheme is necessary. You have only the formatting recommendations.

The challenge

Between today, December 1 and the coming Monday, December 7, write at least one Simple Etheree poem for any five days. You can share as many as you would like whenever you can. Ping one of your pieces a day for the five days to this post.


My Poetic 5 Challenge: Reverse Etheree Poem
My 5 Reverse Etheree Poems
 prompt

Read this post for more information on the prompt/challenge.

My trial

Control Mechanism
"What is history..." Napoleon wondered,
"But a fable agreed upon?" Now,
I wonder, pondering on all
My mind fed on as I grew;
That which, unlearn I wish—
Unlearn, I cannot;
Etched to my mind,
Corrupting
Sums of
I.
©Benie Langat, 2020

Other forms of Etheree

Simple. A Simple Etheree features 10 lines in an ascending syllable order (beginning with 1 syllable for the first line, and progressing to 10 syllables in the tenth line). 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.

Stacked. A Stacked Etheree features two combined Etherees (20 lines). You can combine two Simple Etherees, to get the order: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10. Or you can combine a Simple Etheree and a Reverse Etheree, so that you have: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Coming up…

In the coming week, we will try out Stacked Etheree. Join me!

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Benie Langat

Benie is a poet and fiction writer, living in Nairobi, Kenya. He shares thought-provoking discussions, and occasionally does spoken word poetry and plays. Benie is also a freelance content and article writer. A dreamer, he realizes a world of possibilities through stories and explores life in poetry.

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