IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – 7/5 TROCHEE

The 7/5 Trochee, created by Andrea Dietrich, consists of 2 or more quatrain stanzas with the following set rules:

Syllable pattern: 7/5/7/5
Rhyme Scheme: a/b/c/b  or  a/b/a/b
Meter:  Trochee

“Trochee” means alternating stressed and unstressed beats in each line.  In the 7/5 Trochee, each line begins and ends with a stressed syllable. So each quatrain (4-line stanza) sounds like this:

DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM
DUM da DUM da DUM
DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM
DUM da DUM da DUM

This is a simple lyrical little poem, so rhymes will be basic —  nothing fancy. The poem itself should give a description of something of interest to the poet. There is not a set number of quatrains, but a typical 7/5 Trochee would consist of two quatrains, with the second serving to tie up the idea presented in the first stanza

Information from Shadow Poetry: http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/75trochee.html

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MARIE ELENA’S ATTEMPT:

Snow Day

School is cancelled!  Snow day rocks!
Grab your skates and sled!
Snowsuits, mittens, woolen socks,
Beanie for your head.
 
Snowflakes falling, large and wet
Snowballs, big and round
Tallest snowmen I’ve seen yet
Icicles abound
 
Build a fort with snow-brick mold
Angels in the snow
Time to come in from the cold
Fireplace aglow
 
Drink hot cocoa by the fire
And the light of moon.
Feeling warmer, gladder, drier –
Snow days end too soon.
 
© Copyright – Marie Elena Good – 2012

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WALT’S EXAMPLE:

PREPARING FOR THE DAY

Christmas Day approaches quick,
I can hardly wait.
santa_2_e0Still, the nice list grows so thick,
and I think that’s great.

Almost time for my big ride,
in this Christmas cause,
with my sack of toys in stride,
I am Santa Claus!

Reindeer chomping at the bit,
packages prepared,
naughty ones  are having fits
they’re a little scared.

‘Tis the season to believe,
youthful hearts take pause,
counting down to Christmas Eve,
I am Santa Claus!

© Copyright – Walter J. Wojtanik 2012

And just this from Carol Stephan:

MEWally

We certainly do!