The Thorley

The Thorley is a stanzaic form patterned after the poem Chant for Reapers, by English poet, Wilfred Thorley 1878.

The Thorley is:
○ stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.
○ metered, accentual with alternating lines of L1 & L3 with 5 heavy stesses and L2 & L4 with 3 heavy stresses. The trimeter lines have feminine endings.
○ unrhymed.

Chant for Reapers by Wilfred Thorley
WHY do you hide, O dryads! when we seek
Your healing hands in solace?
Who shall soften like you the places rough?
Who shall hasten the harvest?
Why do you fly, O dryads! when we pray
For laden boughs and blossom?
Who shall quicken like you the sapling trees?
Who shall ripen the orchards?
Bare in the wind the branches wave and break,
The hazel nuts are hollow.
Who shall garner the wheat if you be gone?
Who shall sharpen his sickle?
Wine have we spilt, O dryads! on our knees
Have made you our oblation.
Who shall save us from dearth if you be fled?
Who shall comfort and kindle?
Sadly we delve the furrows, string the vine
Whose flimsy burden topples.
Downward tumble the woods if you be dumb,
Stript of honey and garland.
Why do you hide, O dryads! when we call,
With pleading hands up-lifted?
Smile and bless us again that all be well;
Smile again on your children.
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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of effort creating this fine PMO resource.
My Example

My Nose (The Thorley)

Say what you will about my larger nose
I seldom think about it.
It anchors well the other facial parts
a package deal, I reckon.

Note: my nose is notable I think
spread out long and spacious.
Seldom seeing it myself allows
measured self-contentment.

© Lawrencealot – August 2, 2014

Note: Stanza 1 is iambic, stanza 2 is trochaic. Both meet the accentual requirement of The Thorley.

Visual Template
Any arrangement with 5 and three stresses for the respective lines will work. This template shows two common meters.

The Thorley


This titled syllabic form, created by Betty Ann Whitney, has exactly seven lines.
Syllable Pattern:  3/4/3/4/3/4/7
In the Garden Year
Voted best
Among the months
May and June
Sprout root and grow.
Soon will dance
On wiry stems
A blend of upturned blossoms.
Betty Ann Whitney, Wesley Chapel, FL
My Example Poem 
Introducing Summer   (Whitney)
and Bar-B-ques
and new mown
grass are mighty
fine, but still,
bikinis I
like best; hope I always will.
© Lawrencealot – April 15, 2014

Waltz Wave

This form, named for Leo Waltz, the Web Manager of Sol Magazine, asks for a one-stanza titled poem, with nineteen lines; each line has a set number of syllables.
Pattern:   1/2/1/2/3/2/1/2/3/4/3/2/1/2/3/2/1/2/1
Words may be split into syllables to fit the pattern.  This form seems to educe a soothing cadence as the lines gently increase and decrease, so it is suggested that topic chosen for this form also be soothing.
Today’s Gift (Waltz Wave)
outside my
since yesterday.
How many
I failed
to see the
gifts that
day brings

© Lawrencealot – April 15, 2014


  • The Termelay is similar to the Roundelay. This invented verse form was created by Viola Berg.The Termelay is:
    • a hexastich, a poem in 6 lines.
    • syllabic, 4/4/4/8/8/4 syllables per line.
    • unrhymed.
    • composed with a refrain, L3 is repeated as L6. 
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My example poem
What Do Nattering Nannies Know?    (Termelay)
When power groups
say “No you can’t”,
Do something else.
Some want constraints acts that seem fine;
Just stick a finger in their eye.
Do something else.
© Lawrencealot – April 7, 2014
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Visual Template


  • The Seox (seox in Anglo Saxon means six) is a verse form written in 6 lines in keeping with its name. It was created by Ann Byrnes Smith.The Seox is:
    • a poem in six lines, a hexastich.
    • syllabic, 3/7/6/5/4/3 syllables per lines.
    • unrhymed.
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My Example Poem
A Way Out     (Seox)
When it is
practically impossible
to force your words to march
to any set rhyme
or metric flow
use this form.
© Lawrencealot – April 5, 2014


  • The Octodil is an invented verse form that uses only even numbered syllable lines. It was created by Viola Berg.The Octodil is:
    • a poem in 8 lines, an octastich.
    • syllabic, 4/4/6/6/8/8/6/6 syllables per line.
    • unrhymed and no feminine or falling end words.
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My Example poem
Who Says?   (Octodil)
An owl flew by
and looked into my eyes
and though I know I’d heard
him hooting in the dark of night
I’d never seen the fellow’s face.
I’ve understood that owl’s
are wise- it’s true; he did
not ask me “Who?”
© Lawrencealot – April 3, 2014


  • The Lyrette is a syllabic invented verse form created by Dr. Israel Newman.The Lyrette is:
    • a heptastich, a poem in 7 lines.
    • syllabic, 2/3/4/5/4/3/2 syllables per line.
    • unrhymed.
    • each line should end with strong word.
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
Example poem
Our Store – circa 1949 (Lyrette)We walked
to the store
that had two aisles
for sundries and food
and through the door
malted milks
were sold.
© Lawrencealot – March 31, 2014


  • Cadence, created by Ella Cunningham, is a verse form which appears to be exercises in rhythm and possibly to show the value of often overlooked parts of speech, articles and prepositions. It is similar to the Cameo found at Poetry Base.The Cadence is:
    • a heptastich, a poem in 7 lines.
    • syllabic, the Cadence written with1/2/3/4/4/8/5 syllables per line.
    • unrhymed, but end words should be strong, no articles or prepositions.
    • 127 Hours by Judi Van Gorder
      time running out.
      Only option,
      amputate trapped arm, flying solo.
      Fortitude, freedom.
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My Example Poem
Dribble    (Cadence)
and rises
to top of glass,
then overflows
to prove the barkeep gave you yours,
Now you’ll smell like brew.
© Lawrencealot – March 15, 2014

Mirror Cinquain

  • The Mirror Cinquain is:
    • decastich (a poem of 10 lines)
    • syllabic, 2/4/6/8/2/2/8/6/4/2 syllables per line.
    • unrhymed.
    • titled.
This is a mixture of the standard Cinquain and a Reverse Cinquain. Basically a standard followed by a reversed.
So, using the usual syllable counting convention, a mirror cinquain = 2,4,6,8,2 blank line 2,8,6,4,2 syllables. This pattern repeats for longer mirror sequences.
Example Poem
Soulful Husbandry    (Mirror Cinquain)
Two wolves
lives in each of
us to make us what we
are, though we train them how to serve
our goals.
They both
compete to make us what we are.
So train them well and choose
the wolf that you
will feed.
© Lawrencealot – February 20, 2014


  • Cinquino is seems to me is a gimmicky invented verse form that reverses the syllable count of the Crapsey Cinquain. It was found in a book on poetry for teachers and was created by a 20th century American educator James Neille Northe.The Cinquino is:
    • a poem in 5 lines.
    • syllabic, 2/8/6/4/2 syllables per line.
    • unrhymed
      I Am alone
      time flies on flitting fairy wings
      up down and all around
      I am here now
      ~~ jvg

My example

So, Multiprocess      (Cinquino)
time flies
unless you’re waiting for the pot
to boil, you all know that
it’s relative
in fact
© Lawrencealot – 2/19/2014