Distorted Diablo

• Distorted Diablo is an invented verse form that plays with the biblical devil’s number 666 and distorts by flipping the middle number upside down to get 696. Created by Pat Simpson, I think the content is meant to follow the theme of the numbers.
The Distorted Diablo is:
○ stanzaic, a sixain, a 9 line stanza, a sixain, in that order.
○ syllabic, both sixains are written with 6 syllables per line and the 9 line stanza is written with 9 syllables per line.
○ rhymed at the discretion of the poet.

Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=2192#distorted
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

The Devil’s in the Details (Distorted Diablo)

Both the meter and rhyme
are at your discretion.
Avoiding both’s no crime
‘cept for my obsession.
I try rhyme all the time –
an obvious confession.

Depending up on the time of year
my energies ebb and flow a bit.
The whiteness of winter’s a delight
to think about while I’m cozy here
and don’t have to venture out in it
but can sit inside, ponder and write.
In springtime when roads and sky are clear
you’ll find me hiking with briar pipe lit
in the day and near my desk at night.

The devil I can’t blame,
my muse I cannot thank
when neither mete nor frame
appears in my word bank.
Yet efforts are less lame
when my verse is not blank.

© Lawrencealot – December 2, 2014

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