Alphabet Haiku poetry form

Modern haiku form created by  Beatrice Evans, aka Ronnica at Allpoetry
It requires only strict 5/7/5 syllable construction.
It is formulistic, with all words beginning with the same letter.
There is no requirement for aha moment and punctuation and metaphor and photos are permitted.
Example Poems

Train track talisman
telling tardy trains that the
tapestry takes time.
Taciturn tableau
 tamed, tree-trunk’s tight tendrils tie–
throttle tampering.
(c) Lawrencealot – Feb 23, 2013


This is an Aquarian
Invented by A. Maris Mazz
Each stanza  has lines of 2/4/6/2 syllables
Any number of stanzas permitted.
Unrhymed.  (multiple of 4 lines)

Example Poem
A Long One Does Too
A short 
has fourteen syllables. 
No more.
(c) Lawrencealot – Oct 10,2012


The Epulaeryu poem was invented by Joseph S. Spence, Sr., based on years of research. The name was selected while touring the Mediterranean, Asia, and America, and enjoying a variety of succulent and nourishing cuisines and drinks of flavor with an international taste.
Joseph used to play on AP as spencej, and a  Double Reverse Epulaeryu of his is here:
The Epulaeryu poem is:
A poem of 7 lines
It is syllabic              : 7/5/7/5/5/3/1
it is unrhymed
it is unmetered
It is about delicious cuisine and drinks from the culinary arts.
The final one-syllable word must ends with and exclamation point.
 The form is 7/5/7/5/5/3/1. Each line has one thought relating to the main cuisine. Therefore, this new poetic form, the Epulaeryu, which has corresponding lines built around the main dish and drinks, ends with an exclamation point, and concludes with the writer’s excitement and feelings about such a specially flavored cuisine.
Here is my attempt.
Pineapple-Upside-Down-Cake (Epulaeryu)
with cherries or not,
juice, not water, then you bake.
What a treat you’ve got!
Tip it up then eat
a yummy
© July 19, 2013 – Lawrencealot
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Joseph's Star

The Joseph’s Star, is a poetry form created by Christina R Jussaume on 08/06/07 in memory of her Dad. This poem has no rhyme, and is written according to syllable counts. Syllables are  1/3/5/7/7/5/1.
The poem may be written on any subject, be center aligned, has no stanza limit, is unrhymed, and should have complete statements in each.
Example Poem
Automate    (Joseph’s Star)
coffee is
what I’m making now.
When I used to percolate
I had to pay attention
if I wanted good
to the last
© Lawrencealot – March 18, 2013

Diminishing Hexaverse

• The Hexaverse is:
• a hexastich, a poem in 6 lines.
• isosyllabic, 6 syllable lines.
• unrhymed.
• Diminishing Hexaverse is an invented form which can be found in various poetry communities and blogs across the web without any reference to its source. Most use the same definition which strangely ignores the meaning of hexa and describe the form with only 5 stanzas, diminishing from 5 lines and 5 syllables each to 4 lines and 4 syllables each and so on ending in a single stich of 1 syllable. With that description the frame would better be termed a Diminishing Pentaverse.

•  Finally I came upon a site that seems to me to get it right at Tir na nOg, diminishing from 6 lines of 6 syllables each to 5 lines of 5 syllables each and so on to a single stich of one syllable and my faith was restored. I have to believe the original concept began with the 6 line beginning and was somehow corrupted to only 5 stanzas along the way and the lemmings followed. The form is fine with 6 or 5 stanzas but it just makes more sense to me to use the correct terminology to reflect the frame used.  (20 lines)
The Diminishing Hexaverse
• a poem in diminishing 6 stanzas, made up of a sixain, followed by quintet, followed by a quatrain, followed by a tercet followed by couplet and ending in a single stich.
• syllabic, L1-L6 6 syllables each, L7-L11 5 syllables each, L12-L15 4 syllables each, L16-L18 3 syllables each, L19-L20 2 syllables each and finally L21 1 syllable.
• unrhymed.
These being finally the most cogent of the various description I found are the words of Judi Van Gorder,aka tinker from PoetryMagnumOpus, which is linked from this site.
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Example Poem
Tell Him No
Her lips are parted now.
My lips are closing in.
Expecting to taste somehow,
A promise of our sin.
Before we’ve made a vow
our mating will begin.
Nothing good can come
from this rendezvous.
I am just a bum
who does not love you.
Dreams will not come true.
I’ll say the words
That most men say.
We are just turds,
who want our way
So lassies
Just beware
and take care
this way.
Just say
(c) Lawrencealot – May 13, 2012


Dodoistu is a Japanese form of poetry that is sometimes performed as a folk song. The Dodoitsu comes from the old agricultural roots of the Gombei, the people of Japan’s back-country. The majority of Dodoistu poetry was handed down through oral tradition and was performed to the accompaniment of shamisen, a three- stringed instrument.
A lot of Dodoistu poetry focuses on love, humor or the unexpected, though there are many Dodoistu poems that also look at nature and beauty.
It has 26 syllables: 7 in the first, second and third lines, and 5 in the last line. (7/7/7/5).
Example Poem
‘Tis Better…   (A Dodoistu)
All triumphs end differently,
some with flourish and refrains,
some with frequent curtain calls,
others fade to black.
© Lawrencealot – Oct. 19, 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.)



HAIKU is both singular and plural.
A Japanese form designed to be small and concise by limiting the number of lines and the number of syllables in a line. Japanese haiku are three-line poems with the first and the third line having five syllables and the middle having seven syllables. English-language Haiku may be shorter than seventeen syllables, though some poets prefer to keep to the 5-7-5 format.
A true is much more than a poem is 5-7-5 format.
• Use concise, simple and clear language
• Write in two sections, using a fragment and a phrase
• Use sense images, in particular what you see or hear
• Write in the present tense
• Compare or contrast two different images as juxtapositions
• Try to include a seasonal reference
• Write in 17 syllables or less, preferably between 8-12
• Use minimal (if any) punctuation
• Try to make your haiku open-ended and evocative
• Try not make judgments or express your opinions
• Limit your use of adjectives and try not to use adverbs
• Do not use rhyme, simile, metaphor or personification
• There is no need for capital letters, except for proper nouns

And there are many Haiku knock-offs:

Example Poems
voluptuous wife approaches –
low-cut gown
perfume excites
dog on lap
puppy barks –
two dogs on lap

(c) Lawrencealot –

Loose Sapphic

There are variations of the Sapphic Stanza and I have chosen the Loose Sapphic form created by Marie Marshall. The form is composed over four lines, the first three being hendecasyllabic and the fourth being pentasyllabic.
The focus is on syllabic meter rather than accentual giving the poet more room to explore poetical device and grammatical schema within the verse structure. From the creator’s own examples I have found the poems to be more vibrant and dramatic than their strictly metric counterparts.
Using ‘X’ to represent each syllable the schema of the Loose Sapphic form can be shown as thus:
Example Poem
Lady Bird Adrift

My intent to fly by-and-by was boosted.
I’m content to flutter by the butterfly
effect.  Some butterfly in Balboa flapped
boldly days ago.
A seagull here an eagle there added puffs
against the calm.  A heated hillside thermal
energy aggregated puff-puff forces-
calm contingencies.
I’ll leave Louise and Lester nibbling aphid
nosh, and catch this seed in transit through garden’s
wide expanse.  I may deplane any time or
merely take a chance.
I’m smarter than your average bug because a
beetle, not a bug be I.  This subterfuge
could save my life– wasps find me tasty and look
to see just me fly.
© Lawrencealot – June 26, 2012


The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words
with a break in between the two parts. 
Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.
When Not Napping
creeping slowly
across the lawn
keenly focused.
eating berries
he’s almost done.
(c) Lawrencealot – April 21, 2012