The Diatelle is a fun, syllable counting form like the etheree with a twist. The syllable structure of the diatelle is as follows: 1/2/3/4/6/8/10/12/10/8/6/4/3/2/1, but unlike an etheree, has a set rhyme pattern of abbcbccaccbcbba. This poetry form may be written on any subject matter and looks best centered, aligned in a diamond shape. (14 lines)
The Diatelle form was created by Bradley Vrooman.

Example Poem
Wind  (Diatelle)
can blow
as you know
with a great might
affecting the tides flow,
cause hurricanes, whirlpools and blight
upon all craft at sea, and sea coasts smite
all inhabitants ashore as if they had sinned.
On the other hand that wind can be quite
kind and let a boy fly his kite
or aid man with the blow,
wind mills save might.
A nice show
is slow
(c) Lawrencealot – April 2, 2012
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Fibonacci Spiral


A New Mathematical Form, by Georgia Luna Smith Faust


A syllabic form based on the first 7 numbers of the fibonacci sequence* 1/1/2/3/5/8/13.


2 stanzas: 1st stanza 13 lines,  2nd stanza 12 lines.

25 lines altogether (no gap between stanzas.)

13 lines in the first stanza, then you use the last line of your first stanza 

as the first line  of your second stanza and repeat the syllable count below 

to form the spiral. if this confuses you just look below.


your syllable counts must be as follows:

stanza 1

1st line – 1 syllable

2nd line – 1 syllable

3rd  line – 2 syllables

4th line  -3 syllables

5th line   -5 syllables

6th line   -8 syllables

7th line  -13 syllables

8th line  -8 syllables

9th line  -5 syllables

10th line – 3 syllables

11th line – 2 syllables

12th line – 1 syllable (word must be at least 4 letters)

13th line – 1 syllable


stanza 2

14th line  -1 syllables

15th line   -2 syllables

16th line   -3 syllables

17th line  -5 syllables

18th line  -8 syllables

19th line  -13 syllables

20th line  -8 syllables

21st line   -5 syllables

22nd line  – 3 syllables

23rd line  – 2 syllables

24th line  – 1 syllable

25th line  – 1 syllable


Poem should be Centered. 1/1/2/3/5/8/13/8/5/3/2/1/1 1/2/3/5/8/13/8/5/3/2/1/1

*Fibonacci sequence
The sequence of numbers, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, … ,
in which each successive number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers.


Related Poetry Forms: Fib Diamond, Fib SeriesFibonacci Spiral, FiboquatroHaven Fire




Example Poem


Keep Your Promise




I now

convince you

that I keep my vow?

Sometimes it’s hard to carry through

when the world is filled with women and God did endow

me with this notion that I view

incomplete, somehow

lines that don’t

be now




this time

we have met

with success and I’m

I’m confident you’ll not regret

the fact that the world is filled with men who do sometime

agree that it’s ok to sweat

the details and rhyme

when you bet

you could





© Lawrencealot – April 16, 2013


(Rhyming not addressed, so I tried it.)


Hexaduad and Inverted Hexaduad

An Old English poetic form that consists of 2/2/6/6/8/8/4/4/6/6/4/4  syllable line lengths
– a total of 12 lines.
Rhyme Scheme: aabbccddeeff
Display centered.
Inverted Hexaduad
An Old English poetic form with  2/6/8/4/6/4/4/6/4/8/6/2 syllable line lengths – again, a total of 12 lines.
The first two lines are repeated for the last two lines.
Rhyme Scheme: A1A2bbccddeeA2A1,  where A1 and A2 are the refrain lines
Example Poem

Undone   ( Inverted Hexaduad)
Without you I’ll be one
awaiting a new birth of mirth
and play that’s worth
unpack-aging the games
with other names
and fresh pretends
which serve my lusty ends.
You inspire me,
even though I cannot help thee.
Without you I’ll be one
(c) Lawrencealot – August 25, 2012

Insane Cinquain

The Insane Cinquain form was invented on September 3,2012 by Amanda J. Norton aka Dark Butterfly.
Stanza 1  4/6/5/7/8
rhymed  a b c a b
Stanza 2  8/7/5/6/4
Rhymed  d e f d e
There is no meter requirement.
Display Centered.
Example Poem
Write an Insane Cinquain
Insane Cinquain
is what we’re gonna write.
It’s a Butterfly
invention and it’s no strain.
Just count syllables get ’em right.
You need not fret with meter here
there’s just a few words to rhyme.
This is such a kind
form Mark can practice here
for a good time.
© Lawrencealot – September 3, 2012
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Lanturne or Lanterne

The Lanturne is a verse of 5 lines shaped like a Japanese
lantern with a syllabic pattern of 1/2/3/4/1.

Must be Centered

Example Poem

Some Lanturnes

Two, Three
Look at me.
What do you see?

Summons some
Nighttime flying

lasses love
lecherous lads’

husband who
is most happy

© Lawrencealot – April, 2012


Note I have found both spellings widely used:

lanturne = Poetscornerblog, poemhunter, Shadowpoetry
lanterne = Wikipeidia, poetrymagnumopus, poetrysoup


A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc… until line nine that finishes with one syllable. 
It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional.
line 1 – 9 syllables
line 2 – 8 syllables
line 3 – 7 syllables
line 4 – 6 syllables
line 5 – 5 syllables
line 6 – 4 syllables
line 7 – 3 syllables
line 8 – 2 syllables
line 9 – 1 syllable
Example Poem
Maybe Later
Procrastination, that’s what I do.
‘Tis a wonderful business tool.
It works for most, might for you,
I used it back in school.
Just work on what’s due.
Then all is cool.
That’s the clue.
This fool’s–


A syllabic form.
No meter specified.
No rhyme.
syllabic count 2/4/7/8/6;
line 1 is the subject;
line 2 gives description;
line 3, action;
line 4, the setting;
line 5, final thought.
Best Centered
Example poem

My Socks – Lost and Found
My socks
get a divorce
in my laundry; wallflowers
created in drier dances-
washday musical chairs.
© Lawrencealot – November 20, 2012

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Rictameter is a scheme similar to Cinquain.
Starting your first line with a two syllable word, you then consecutively increase the number of syllables per line by two. i.e. 2/4/6/8/10   Then down again, 8/6/4/2 Making the final line the same two syllable word you began with.
This form looks best when centered
Example Poem
The puppy lived
because I rescued him.
Just a boy myself, no one close.
Nursed him to health; trained him easily too
and my grandma watched us blossom.
He played with me, slept with
me, became my

Spiral Quatrain

This form was created by © Amanda J. Norton, aka  – Dark Butterfly
on July 13,2012
Stanzaic, 4 quatrains
Rhyme Scheme: abba        ccdd        efef        abba
syllabic               5/6/7/8   8/7/6/5   5/6/7/8   8/7/6/5
Four Quatrains, no specific meter requirement.
Must be Centered.
Example Poem:

Write a Spiral Quatrain
A spiral quatrain.
Starts with five syllables,
then like adding decibles,
each line you add one more again.
Until here.  At eight now you stop.
then decrease by one each hop
downward until by jive
the count reaches five.
Do that all once more,
but with a diff’rent  rhyme.
Until stanzas you have four.
You may write these poems any time.
There is not a required refrain.
Here it seems defensible,
and it’s embraceable,
A spiral quatrain.
© Lawrencealot – July 13, 2012

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Triquain…created by Shelley Cephas,
A Triquain is a seven line poem with syllables in multiples of 3 as follows:
3, 6, 9, 12, 9, 6, 3 This form is always centered.
syllabic,3/6/9/12/9/6/3,unrhymed,7 lines
ALWAYS Centered
Example Poem:

Interim Heaven  (Triquain chain – Cephas) 

The puppy
brought to the hospital
where the boy was dying adopted
him on first sight.  The lad’s pain was subdued by drugs.
Nothing could subdue the instant joy
filling him as he hugged
The puppy.
The cancer
would not relent, and yet
the boy’s eyes were brighter than before
and he never cried another day.  The puppy
snuggled when he slept and licked his face;
played gently other times
with the boy.
When the boy
passed on while he slept, the
puppy knew and whined, parents wept.  In
tears a younger brother took the pup, who shut up
and licked away that boy’s tears.  Wiping
grief away, replacing
it with love.
(c) Lawrencealot – May 7,2012
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As it happened, the Triquain above was the first one that I encountered.
It was not however, the first form given the name.

• The Triquain, found in Berg’s Pathways for the Poet 1977 appears to be an attempt at combining the haiku and Crapsey cinquain. It was created by L. Stanley Cheney and referred to in both the Caulkins’ Handbook and Pathways. This form comes a little closer to the purpose of haiku than some other haiku wannabees. There is another invented form also called a Triquain that appeared on the internet about 25 years later written in a syllabic heptastich.

The Triquain is:
○ a tristich, a poem in 3 lines. It is composed in 3 units, L1 introduces the subject, L2 expands and leads into action, L3 is the enlightenment or question.
○ syllabic, with 2-7-7 syllable count per line.
○ Titled, unlike the haiku.

stud by Judi Van Gorder

leggy colt struggles to stand
first of many challenges

Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1188#triquain
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

Inquiry (Triquan-Cheney)

preceding words, as babble
most unanswered before death

(c) Lawrencealot – October 29, 2014