Playing with the “Zeno” Poetry Form.

Pat Lewis introduced the world to his new poetry form, the “zeno” on Monday at The Miss Rumphius Effect.  It is a mathematical pattern featuring syllables of 8-4-2-1-4-2-1-4-2-1 with an “abcdefdghd” rhyme scheme.  While this is considered a “hailstone” sequence, Lewis didn’t want to confuse it with the classic book, Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neill so he named it after the philosopher, Zeno.

Here is mine:

night wind howls through skeleton trees
elusive voice
evokes
tears
memory haunts
many
years
long forgotten
silent
fears

Ahh, and since I used the word  “elusive”, it counts for One Single Impression.

Poetry Friday is hosted by Jennie at Bibliofile.  My students tried this form and they are posted here.

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6 Responses to Playing with the “Zeno” Poetry Form.

  1. laurasalas says:

    This is beautiful! Love that elusive voice/evokes/tears.

  2. AH-HA! Here is your Zeno!

    Brilliant…and elusive at the same time. WOW!

  3. SandyCarlson says:

    That elusive voice can work some magic and do some damage, and no doubt about it.

  4. kidsilkhaze says:

    I love how much you manage to evoke in so few syllables!

  5. Pat Lewis says:

    Brava, Jone, and thanks for that haunting zeno.

  6. zoya gautam says:

    great post- great read ..

    many thanks ,..

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