INFORM POETS – DIMINISHED HEXAVERSE

A poem containing stanzas of 5 lines, then 4 lines, then 3 lines, then 2 lines, ending with one word. The syllables in each stanza correspond to the number of lines, i.e. 5 in each line in the first stanza, 4 in the second stanza and so on. This form may contain more than five stanzas.

WALTER’S EXAMPLE:

LASTING LOVE…

Had I stayed alone,
I’d have been okay.
But that’s not the way,
to live, lest we die!,
Love can bring such joy.

She’s held my heart,
like a small bird,
and she speaks words,
of love’s true way,

She and I
side-by-side,
in love’s joy

One girl,
One boy:

love.

© Walter J. Wojtanik

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SARA’S EXAMPLE:

IN THE PLAYGROUND

Child climbs monkey bars,
a jungle of steel–
playground’s big puzzle.
Some hang upside down.

See-saws are next.
He’s in the air!
Little bit scared,
then, he loves it.

On the swings,
push me, please.
No, higher.

Kids leave
at dusk

tired.