Punnett

Invented by: Marc Arnts, marnts@yahoo.com

“I was very briefly at Allpoetry, but am mainly associated with writing.com. I invented this form for a contest where we were asked to devise a form based upon our occupation. As a former biology teacher, the Punnett sort of invented itself. The poems themselves should be centered on the page.”

(Punnett squares are used in Biology to assess the ratio of possible genotypic outcomes when crossing traits among a species.)

The Punnett – This form is based on the ratios in a Punnett Square.
The poem must be about a biological topic, with the first line being a
part of or offspring of the last line.
The form has nine lines, with a word count of 1/2/1/2/4/2/1/2/1.
There is no rhyming structure.

Leaf

Leaf
Trembling, rustling
Rest
Wind blown
Soaking up the sun
Building nourishment
Falling
From this
Tree

Cub

Cub
Playing, learning
Sleeping
Prairie hunter
Chasing after wild game
Agile sprinter
Stalking
Tall grass
Tiger

 

My Example poem.

Birdhouse Birthday Breakfast (Punnett)

Egg
sparrow laid
in
my birdhouse
hatches just in time
to become
a
meal for
Blue-jay!

© Lawrencealot – August 18, 2014

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