Parallelogram de Crystalline

Parallelogram de Crystalline is an invented verse form with a thematic focus. The subject is a lover and the lover should be described through images of nature. It was introduced by Karan Naidu. The elements of the Parallelogram de Crystalline are:

  1. a poem in 12 lines, made up of 4 tercets.
  2. syllabic 3-6-9 syllables per line for each tercet.
  3. unrhymed.
  4. themed, lover described by images from nature.


    Bay stallion,
    nostrils flared, sleek muscles
    unrestrained, head tossing, hooves prancing.

    while protecting his own
    from predators, he leads to safety.

    Fast and strong
    he travels over land
    he deems his own. Courage unquestioned.

    frightening, exciting.
    Eyes focused and wild, choosing one.
                              ~~Judi Van Gorder
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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My Example

My Love Awaits (Form: Parallelogram de Crystalline)

Her dark eyes
beckoned to me like an
unlit cave needing exploration.

lips accented by tongue’s
moisture were an opening flower.

The hills and
valleys of my homeland
wished their contours as pleasing as hers.

They whisper
on the evening breezes,
“Chase not follies; what awaits is life.”

© Lawrencealot – January 2, 2015

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