The etheree is a little-known poetry format, consisting of ten lines with graduated syllables. It was created over twenty years ago by an Arkansas poet named Etheree Taylor Armstrong.
The first line is a monosyllabic word; the second line has two syllables, and so on, until the tenth line with, ultimately, ten syllables. The form and outline of your poem should look like the following diagram where X=a syllable:
A poem of 10 lines
swallow, sparrow, hawk
Even owls in the night.
All may at some time take flight.
Some still have to walk, the penguin,
ostrich, and emu to name a few.
If they’d voted they’d all fly. So would I.
© Lawrencealot -May 7, 2012