IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – MINUTE POETRY

The Minute Poem (created by Verna Lee Hinegardner, once Poet Laureate of Arkansas) is a rhyming verse form consisting of 12 lines of 60 syllables (one syllable for each second in a minute).

The Minute is written in strict iambic meter (an un-stressed syllable, followed by a stressed syllable [da-DUM]).  The poem is formatted into 3 quatrains, with syllable counts of 8,4,4,4;  8,4,4,4;  8,4,4,4.  The rhyme scheme is: aabb, ccdd, eeff.

 The theme should describe a finished event – preferably something that can be done in 60 seconds.  It is best suited to light verse – humorous, whimsical, or semi-serious.

More info: http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/minute.html

MARIE ELENA’S MINUTE

LOOKS

If you were cute, that would suffice
I’d treat you nice.
I tell you true,
I’d care for you.
 
If you were cute, there’d be no need
For you to plead
To stay a while.
You’d make me smile.
 
But you?  I’ll sweep you, little bug
With ugly mug,
Across the floor,
And out the door!
 
© Copyright Marie Elena Good – 2013
 

A NEW YORK MINUTE:

IN A MANNER OF SPEAKING

He used to have a way with words,
though so absurd
with what he’d say,
he had a way.

And surely words have caused him pain,
they’ve clogged his brain.
He mumbles now
this sacred vow

to come around with words profound,
his verbs and nouns
articulate;
communicate.

© Copyright Walter J. Wojtanik – 2013