Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This first of the month challenge continues to be one of the most creative each month! I marveled at all the different forms you tried. Bravo! Maybe I should make poet’s choice available each week?

I loved your poetry and the introductions to the new forms. I’ve shared a few below:

Ken, from Rivrvlogr shares a Sedoka, which is an unrhymed poem composed of two katauta. A katauta is able to standalone, with three lines and a syllable pattern of 5-7-7. A Sedoka therefore has the syllable count: 5-7-7, 5-7-7. Each katauta must be able to be read independently, but also create a cohesive singular work in the Sedoka. One by the Other, Sedoka

Aishwarya, from Kitty’s Verses shares an Octain, which is 2/4/6/8/8/6/4/3 syllables, rhyme scheme optional. This form can be unrhymed also; if opting for rhyme scheme, it shall follow AbcdbcdA pattern. The unique feature of this form is that the first word with two syllables should be repeated as the last word, even though the syllable requirement in the last line is three. Tryst, Octain

Lady Lee Manila shared a Trijan Refrain, created by Jan Turner. It comprises three 9-line stanzas, for a total of 27 lines. Line 1 is the same in all three stanzas, although a variation of the form is not to repeat the same line at the beginning of each stanza. The beginning line of each stanza can be different. The first four syllables of line 5 in each stanza are repeated as the double-refrain for lines 7 and 8. The Trijan Refrain is a rhyming poem with a set meter and rhyme scheme as follows: Rhyme scheme: a/b/a/b/c/c/d,d refrain of the first 4 words of line five /c, and Meter (syllable count): 8/6/8/6/8/8/4,4 refrain/8. Taj Mahal, You’re so Wonderful

Laura Haynes shares a Decima, part of Ronovan Writes Decima challenge. A decima comprises ten lines, with 8 syllables in each line. There is a set rhyming pattern of ABBAACCDDC OR two stanzas of ABBA/ACCDDC. Whirl, Decima

The Bag Lady shares a Sidlak, Five lines with a syllable count of 3/5/7/9 and a color. Word Craft Poetry 3.2.21

ALSO: Make sure you are grabbing the URL of your “published” post when you link back to the challenge and in Mr. Linky. If you need extra help with these features, let me know and I will help you. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena 13.Ruth Scribbles 25.Linda Lee Lyberg 
2.ladyleemanila 14.s. s. 26.Merril D. Smith 
3.Gwen Plano 15.willowdot21 27.anita dawes 
4.Trent McDonald 16.Myforever Myrna Migala 28.Kerfe Roig 
5.Dave Madden 17.Laura McHarrie 29.Zander 
6.Padre 18.D. L. Finn 30.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr 
7.Annette Rochelle Aben 19.Donna Matthews 31.kittysverses 
8.Laura Eliza Haynes 20.Ritu Bhathal 32.Colleen Chesebro 
9.Jules 21.Jude 33.Sally Cronin 
10.Eugenia 22.Pat 34.Marsha Ingrao
11.Frank J. Tassone 23.Pat  35.The Bag Lady 
12.Heather 24.Erlyn Olivia   

Many of us took the leap and wrote a diatelle! If you haven’t visited the links above, please stop by and leave a comment. We all learn from each other and one of the best ways to do that is to interact with other poets. Learning new forms causes us to step out of our comfort zones! Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

See you tomorrow for a new challenge!

Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

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