Eight-ette: 8 lines.
Syllable Count: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8
Rhyme Scheme: a-b-a-b-c-d-c-d
Variation of rhyme scheme: a-a-b-b-c-c-d-d.
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My Thanks to Linda Varsell Smith for her contributions above.

Specifications restated:
The Eigth-ette is:
A poem of 8 lines
Syllabic: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8
Rhymed: ababcdcd or aabbccdd
Displayed centered on the page.

My example

Participants in SantaCon Boston 2010, a gathering of people dressed as Santa going from bar to bar, drink at the Asgard Pub in Cambridge

Stagger Home and Fill the Stockings (Form: Eight-ette)



Please pause

for it’s late

and Santa Clause

has his rounds to make.

It’s time to leave this bar

and head for home for Pete’s sake.

You’ll have to walk. Hope it’s not far.



© Lawrencealot – December 24, 2014



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• Cyclus is shape poem found in Pathways for a Poet, it attempts to create a cycling pattern by syllable count. It is attributed to Marvin Davis Winsett.

The Cyclus is:
○ a 12 line poem.
○ syllabic, syllables per line 2-4-6-6-4-2-2-4-6-6-4-2
○ unrhymed.

Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1001#cyclus
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

Recalibrate Tomorrow (Cyclus)

Each day
begins anew
despite our baggage load.
Burdens accumulate –
seem thrust on us;
some are,
but most
we allow by
trying to please others.
Tomorrow pick only
what is fun to

© Lawrencealot – November 24, 2014

Octaz Rhyme

• The Octaz Rhyme is a simple invented verse form introduced by Chazz Combs.
The Octaz Rhyme is:
○ an octastich, a poem in 8 lines.
○ syllabic, 3-5-8-10-7-5-4-2 syllables per line.
○ rhymed, abbccdda.
○ centered on the page.

Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?/topic/2192-invented-forms-from-poetry-styles/
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

Petition for Slack  (Octaz Rhyme)

Just the facts
No need to emote
or offer up some obscure quote.
Just lay it on me darling, here and now.
I’ve screwed up again somehow
If I gave offense
it’s ‘cus I’m dense,

© Lawrencealot – October 22, 2014

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Octaz Rhyme

Bev-A-Lyn Rhyme

Bev-A-Lyn Rhyme 
Created by Chazz Combs.
SYLLABLE COUNT IS 5,7,9,14,14,11,9,7,5, RHYMING, a,a,a,b c,c,c d, e,e,e, f
the 2  syllable lines do not have to rhyme and they have their own message!
center on page. 

Pasted from http://the.a.b.c.of.poetry.styles.patthepoet.com/index.html
Many Thanks to Christina R Jussaume for her work on the Poetry Styles site.

The Bev-A-Lyn Rhyme is:
A 12 line poem, consisting of alternating tercets and single line stanzas.
It is syllabic: 5/7/9/2/14/14/11/2/9/7/5/2
The tercets are individually monorhymed
The single lines are unrhymed and convey their own separate message
Rhyme pattern: aaaxbbbxcccx

My Example

Statism (Bev-A-Lyn Rhyme)

Tribes were unified
that their needs were satisfied.
Upon each other members relied.
aggregate where economic benefits are bestowed,
where law-makers have deemed that to each a stipend is owed.
Then grift will cause working ethics to erode.
one’s way allows welfare to accrue
but transfers from me to you
won’t help us all to

© Lawrencealot – October 5, 2014

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Pathways for the Poet by Viola Berg (1977) is a book for and by educators. Classic poetic forms as well as many invented forms which appear to have been invented as teaching tools or exercizes for use in workshops or classrooms are included. Some of these invented forms I have found in use in internet poetry communities, a testament to their staying power. On this page I include the metric invented forms found there in which appear to be exclusive to the community of educators from whom Ms. Berg drew her support. I have yet to find these in any other source. …. Whether classroom exercise or sharpening your skill as a writer, some of these forms can be fun to play with.

• Sestennelle is a stanzaic invented form introduced by Lyra LuVaile with a variable meter.

The Sestenelle is:
○ stanzaic, written in any number of sixains made up of 2 tercets. The original is 3 sixains.
○ metric, iambic, L1&L4 a dimeter, L2&L5 are trimeter and L3&L6 are pentameter.
○ rhymed, rhyme scheme aabccb ddeffe gghiih etc.
○ suggested that the lines be centered.

Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1199#dionol
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

In Choosing Well (Sestenelle)

It has been said
a soul may search ahead
and choose themselves the parents who’ll conceive
their earthy form.
There must have been a swarm
of applicants if that’s what you believe.

If such is true
Amera’s baby knew
that boundless warmth and love and gratitude
would come his way
for each and every day
he shared with her; he knew with certitude.

It seem to me,
that through her he shall see
the wonders other children just might miss,
and through his eyes
(this can be no surprise)
his mom will view new realms of earthly bliss.

© Lawrencealot – September 27, 2014

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Sablier Sept

Form : Sablier Sept

This form was invented by Lady Bug of Allpoetry.
Sablier means hourglass in French and sept is 7 in French.

It is a pome of 7 lines.
It is syllabic: 8/6/4/2/4/6/8
It is formulaic in that the 2 syllable line ends the thought of the first three lines, is the title of the poem, and can well be the beginning of the last three lines.

The poem should be centered on the page.
Meter is not specified.
Rhyme is not specified.

My example

I Tried (Sablier Sept)

I never fulfilled all your needs
I never understood
at least you know
I tried
to stem the flow
of feelings that weren’t good
and frequently that aim succeeds.

© Lawrencealot – September 8, 2014

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Note: no rhyme is required.

Sablier Sept


  • The Marianne is a verse form that is written with a combination rhyme and syllable count. It was created by Viola Berg . The lines should be centered on the page.The Marianne is:
    • a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines.
    • syllabic, 4/6/8/4/2 syllables per line.
    • rhymed, axaxa x being unrhymed.
    • titled and centered on the page.
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My Example
A Centered Pentastitch (Marianne)
I don’t know why
Viola invented
this form. There’s not much to apply.
But, being me,
I’ll try.
© Lawrencealot – March 31, 2014

The Balance

  • The Balance attempts to create an ebb and flow rhythm. The rhythm is created by a specific syllabic designation per line as well as an intricate rhyme scheme. This verse form was created by Viola Berg.
  • The Balance is:
    • stanzaic, framed in 4 cinquains. The patterns of the cinquains change from stanza to stanza.
    • syllabic,
      stanza 1 =10-8-6-4-2 syllables.
      stanza 2 =2-4-6-8-10 syllables
      stanza 3 =10-8-6-4-2 syllables
      stanza 4 = 2-4-6-8-10 syllables
    • rhymed, rhyme scheme Abcde edcba abcde edcbA. (AbcdeedcbaabcdeedcbA)
    • composed with a refrain, the 1st line of the poem is repeated as the last line.
    • Short Balance by Judi Van Gorder
    • Centered on the page the words resonate
      with sounds of fingers striking
      the computer keyboard.
      Tapping into
      my muse.Good news,
      the verse in due
      time takes shape, strikes a chord
      without inspiration spiking.
      Centered on the page the words resonate.

Pasted from  http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1882#baccresieze

My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO

Specifications restated:
A poem of 20 lines, centered on the page
Syllabic: 10/8/6/5/2 2/4/6/8/10 10/8/6/4/2 2/4/6/8/10
 Rhymed, rhyme scheme Abcde edcba abcde edcbA.
My Sample Poem
Fish wrap is Functional    (The Balance)
The paper tells of babies being born,
while businesses are formed and fold,
and folks grow old and die,
while other’s kill
or cheat
to beat
other’s for thrill
or just because they’re high.
The earth’s getting too hot or cold;
associations steer and hold in scorn
those men who break from ranks and won’t adorn
concepts as right, because they’re old.
Opinions satisfy,
candidates will
just tweet
or greet
with smarmy skill
while business goes awry
and we the sheeple, are controlled.
The paper tells of babies being born.
© Lawrencealot – March 7, 2014
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The Balance

Butterfly Cinquain

The Butterfly Cinquain isn’t a cinquain at all:it is a nonostich (9 lines)and uses the syllable count of the Crapsey Cinquain and then reverses it, therefore the misnomer.
The Butterfly Cinquain is:
○ 9 line poem.
○ syllabic, 2/4/6/8/2/8/6/4/2 syllables per line. 
Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the above.
My Sample poem
Plastic Trees     (Butterfly Cinquain)
Don’t like
fake plastic trees.
When one sets out to trick
the senses of someone they like
they ought
to learn to fake sincerity,
with honesty the best
the plastic should
be real.
© Lawrencealot –  November 16, 2014



Structure, Metrical Requirement, Stanzaic
A poem of five cinquains.
And repeat four more times.
Rhythm/Stanza Length:
Line/Poem Length:
See Also:
My thanks to Charles L. Weatherford for the above.
My example poem
Within the Bounds?      (Cinq-Cinquain)
of repeating
some rhymes in every verse
I know I can but should I now
Pray tell?
doubts here would make it worse,
I’ll proceed- rhyming anyhow.
Oh hell.
while I’m beating
time, now seems so perverse,
although the rules don’t disallow
Oh well.
from a fleeting
desire to intersperse
some lyricism here and now
to quell
doubts competing
that I’m cheating where terse
is sought and I use rhyme somehow
as well.
© Lawrencealot – February 16, 2014
I think this poems proves you ought not so something
Just because you can.