Fairy Tales

I don’t listen to a lot of country music, and what country I do listen to is happy music: John Denver’s Country Roads, Unkle Kracker’s Smile, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, etc. But one day I was driving down the road, and the words to this song started playing in my mind, complete with a melody. I have no idea if the melody belongs to someone else, but as far as I know, the lyrics are original with me. The tune has not been written or recorded yet; it’s still stuck inside my head. But I hope you like the words….

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10-line Poem Challenge #16: Double Five

Please take a few minutes to read this delightful Decannelle from Word Florilegium and Angela Rueger’s “Sunshine on My Shoulders” (with apologies to John Denver)….

When you have finished reading the poems linked above, be sure to come back here to learn about a new decastich, the Double Five.


The Double Five is referenced in Sol’s Magazine, though I am unsure of the creator.

Information about this form is very sketchy, described merely as “Two stanzas of exactly five short lines each, titled, written as a portrait, usually of a loved one.” How short are the lines? Is there rhythm? meter? rhyme? I’m going to say, go with your gut.

Here is the summary:

  • It is a decastitch written in two stanzas of 5 lines each (quintets).
  • The lines are short (how short?).
  • The poem has a title.
  • The theme is portrait, usually of a loved one.
  • Nothing specific is stated regarding rhythm, meter, or rhyme.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas (cover)

This time I thought the explanation should go before the poem. I wrote this version of the familiar Christmas song for a residence hall party while a student at a Christian university where physical contact between the sexes was not allowed. It is meant to be humorous and not at all a reflection of the rules of the institution. I hope you will enjoy it.

On the first day of Christmas my boyfriend gave to me… a big kiss on the cheek.
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10-line Poem Challenge #11: Mini Monoverse

The Mini Monoverse was created by Emily Romano.

  • It is a decastich written in 2 stanzas of 5 3-syllable lines.
  • Rhyme scheme: aaaaa bbbbb
  • The poem should tell a story, but this is not required.
  • It may be doubled, in which case the additional stanzas would rhyme ccccc ddddd. But of course, it would not be a decastich if doubled, so we will stick to the original 2 stanzas for this exercise.

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Growing in Love

When you are newly wed, you’ll find the love of man and wife
Is but an infant, much too delicate to handle strife.
His very first objection comes and her defenses soar;
She runs and cries; infatuation flees through open door.

They shed the precious puppy love that tempted them to wed—
The joy at coming home from work too soon succumbs to dread;
He ridicules her cooking skills; she corrects him when he speaks.
(For some this takes a year or more, for others only weeks.)

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