Incremental Poetry ~ 8 Lines

The Messenger

The body is a vehicle for the soul,
An ambassador for the mind.
Without the life within, it is not whole,
But only an enclosure.
Likewise the spirit in a poem resides,
For one within the lines may find
That buried deep inside its message hides
A mirror-like exposure.


Copyright © 2018 Abigail Gronway – All Rights Reserved

Welcome to my series, Incremental Poetry, where each week the featured poem will be one line longer than the one I share the week before. I have no idea how long I’ll keep this up, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Thank you for stopping by.

About the Poem:
Just as the body is the outward expression of the real person within, so poetry is the outward expression of the thoughts of the poet.

The Abercrombie
patterned after “Hymn to Love” by British poet Lascelles Abercrombie (1881-1938)
a stanzaic form using sprung rhythm and an interlocking rhyme scheme
lines 1,3,5,7 are pentameter
lines 2 & 6 are tetrameter
lines 4 & 8 are trimeter and end with feminine rhyme
Rhyme scheme: abac dbdc (efeg hfhg, etc.)
NOTE: I’m not entirely sure what sprung rhythm is, so I just tried to include the correct number of stressed syllables in each line without paying close attention to any particular rhythm.


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