Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Isosyllabic, Pivot Requirement
A poem based on six-line verses with a closing couplet. Here are Chuck’s rules:
The derivation is from the Hebrew words shesh and shir or shira meaning six poem.
Charles David Lipsig
Rhyme: ababab or abcabc
ababab cdcdcd efefef gg or
abcabc defdef ghighi jj
- The Sheshire is an invented verse form by Jewish-American poet Charles David Lipsig found at Poetry BaseThe name comes from Hebrew six=shesh and poem=shir.The Sheshire is:
- a poem of 20 lines made up of 3 sixains followed by a couplet.
- isosyllabic except the last line which includes the same # of syllables as the previous lines plus a finishing phrase separated from the base line by caesura.
- rhymed, rhyme scheme ababab cdcdcd efefef gg or abcabc defdef ghighi jj.
- composed with a pivot or change of tone from stanza to stanza and ends with a note of irony.
When I was only nine or ten
and winter’s chilly nights dumped snow,
I loved to help my daddy then
We’d bundle up, he’d say, “Let’s go!”
Together, we two working men
would scrape and push and scoop and throw.
Into my teens I found it paid
to take my shovel- make the rounds
to work for those who were dismayed
how quickly that white stuff abounds.
While others in their warm homes stayed
I worked with scraping, grunting sounds.
I had no sons to share the task.
Our drive was shaded by our house;
“Please clean the walk,” my wife would ask.
Of course one ought to please one’s spouse
so covered up, and with ski-mask
I worked. It did no good to grouse.
Retired and lazy now I nap
or read or watch my football game. (Let teens now do that crap!)
© Lawrencealot – February 2, 2014