Incremental Poetry ~ 21 Lines


Expression of the soul
Rhythm of the spirit
Movement of the body
Tonic of the senses
The language of the heart
Harmony of the whole

The joy of living
The joy of working
Joy of creating
Better than coffee
Better with coffee

Reason to rise
Reason to laugh
Reason to sing
Reason to give

My purpose
My mission
My passion

My craft
My life


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.

Diminishing Hexaverse
Origin unknown
A hexaverse is a 6-line poem with 6 syllables per line.
Therefore, the Diminishing Hexaverse begins with a stanza having 6 lines of 6 syllables and decreases down to 1 line of 1 syllable.
Total length: 21 lines
Syllabic structure: 6-6-6-6-6-6, 5-5-5-5-5, 4-4-4-4, 3-3-3, 2-2, 1

I have previously written a Diminishing Pentaverse, which begins with a 5-line stanza having 5 syllables per line and works down to 1 line of 1 syllable.

About the poem:
This is me. This is where I am when I am not reading and writing. This is the reason I have been reading and writing less of late. Art is my passion. In particular, I take apart old pianos and find creative ways to present the pieces artistically. As a musician, I love making gifts that fellow musicians appreciate. They are unique, personal, and thoughtful. They are at once an expression of who I am and of who they are—the buyer and/or recipient of the gift. Best of all, I have kept 13 pianos and counting out of the landfill by giving them a new song. It’s hard work, and when my body can no longer sustain the labor, I’ll still paint, for art runs through my veins.


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