This is a gadget sonnet form invented by Mary Lou Hearly,
aka Mlou on Allpoetry.com.
The Relaxed Sonnet is:
A quatorzain made up of alternating iambic trimeter and iambic dimeter lines
with the final couplet being iambic pentameter
Rhymed: abababcdcdcdee, where the a-rhymes are feminine.
Hold the Iamb Chops (Relaxed Sonnet)
He seldom feels contented
I’d have to say,
when iambs are presented
the normal way.
the sing-song seems demented
-a sound’s cliché!
He’s published. He’s acclaimed,
that meter must be tamed
and so he plans
to truncate unashamed
per his demands.
That doesn’t mean that you and I must fear
the lovely lilt the common man might hear.
© Lawrencealot – October 26, 2014