This form was invented by Marion Friedenthal and named ‘Dectina Refrain’ by Luke Prater.
The form is written with your syllables going: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10
Your 10th line is comprised of your first four lines all together as one stand alone line in quotation marks.
I have found it common, not to use quotation marks.
cherish the time.
Everything is new
to them, and magic too.
Doubt me not, my adult friends,
they can transfer that to you. No
household or other chore can do that.
“Play with your children now, cherish the time.”
(c) Lawrencealot – May 26, 2012
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