• The Pendulum is an invented verse form that features graduated line lengths. It was created by Etta J Murphy and was first published in Calkins, Haiku Highlights (July-August 1970).The Pendulum is:
    • a poem in 8 lines, an octastich.
    • syllabic, 8/6/4/2/2/4/6/8 syllables per line.
    • rhymed, rhyme scheme aabbccdd.
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My Example Poem
Put Fear AND Foolishness Astern   (The Pendulum)
We live in a contingent world
where accidents are hurled.
Things break and fall
and all
our skill
still never will
be shield against events.
I find avoidance fine defense.
© Lawrencealot – April 4, 2014
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