INFORM POETS – OCTAMETER

Octameter, originated by Shelley A. Cephas, is a poem made up of 16 lines divided into two stanzas of 8 lines each. Each line has a syllable count of 5. The set rhyme scheme is: a/b/c/d/e/d/f/d g/h/c/g/i/g/d/d. This seems a convoluted rhyme scheme, so poetic license will not be revoked if you use your judgement on using a different pattern, or forgoing the scheme all together, I’ll have no problem with it. We’re about writing poems here, so get to it!

(See http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/octameter.html)

 

WALT’S MOSTLY TRADITIONAL OCTAMETER:

A GENTLE MAN

Gnarled and twisted hands
calloused and sore, more
used to hard work than
to life’s sheer kindness;
blood, sweat and tears, mere
offerings. Blindness
to those who shirk work,
their thinking, mindless.

A gentle man, he
gives of his worn heart,
more used to love than
life’s absurdity.
His mangled hands touch
her soft purity.
Her love is timeless;
fills him with fineness.

© Walter J Wojtanik, 2014



MARIE ELENA’S NON-CONFORMIST OCTAMETER:

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT…

Let us resurrect
when to use affect,
or to use effect.
Which should we select?
Which should we reject?
How do we detect
which one is correct?
Let me interject:

Let the verb “affect;”
impact noun “effect.”
Now let us inspect:
What do we detect?
Action of affect
generates effect,
just as we’d expect!

© Marie Elena Good, 2014