Resolutions

Poetry and I are friends,
so it would appear;
I suppose that all depends
on the time of year.

New beginnings bring new goals,
resolutions set.
How long will they last this time?
Will the goals be met?

January starts off well,
March, still sure as death;
Will September fare so well?
I won’t hold my breath!

My poetry folder is subdivided by stanza length. When deciding what new route to take for my Tuesday Shorts, I opened the Tetrastich folder and discovered that I have instructions for writing 92 different forms, all of which incorporate the quatrain, and many of which I’ve never tried before. Some are single stanzas, while others, like this one, require two or more stanzas. Well, I’ve decided to camp out in the Tetrastich folder this year, with a goal of using a different form every week. With 92 forms to choose from, and only 52 weeks in the year, I won’t get to but about half of them. But it should prove interesting anyway, and I’ll certainly have fun trying new forms! Of course, I’ll continue to share the “recipe” for each one, with the hopes that you will experiment with me and share in the fun.

About this poem…. Last year was a busy one (aren’t they all?), and I did precious little writing. But with the changing of the calendar, I’ve set some new goals, including a goal to write more consistently. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions?

Scansion:
7-5 Trochee
A stanzaic quatrain form with a minimum of two quatrains
Length: 8, 12, 16, 20, 24 lines, etc.
Syllabic: 7-5-7-5
Meter: trochaic (stressed-unstressed = PUR-ple)
Rhyme scheme: abab or abcb (xaxa)
The poem should describe something of interest to the poet.

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