Friday, October 30, 2009

Poetry Friday: a Halloween zeno!

Earlier this week, I mentioned the zeno - a form of poetry created by J. Patrick Lewis and based on the hailstone sequence. In short, the zeno's syllable pattern is 8, 4, 2, 1, 4, 2, 1, 4, 2, 1, and lines 4, 7, and 10 rhyme with each other.

Here's the first zeno I wrote (and also left in the comments at the Miss Rumphius Effect where the zeno debuted).

Gregory K.

I counted down October days.
Tonight, at last,
I prowl the dark,
My costume on,
I’ll shout,

If you are among those who trick or treat, as always, feel free to send leftover peanut butter cups my way. And feel free to head on over to the Poetry Friday roundup, hosted over at Jen Rothschild's Biblio File.

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Mary Lee said...

Zowie! Another zippy zeno!

(I'll take the leftover Butterfingers...)

Sara said...

I'll send you peanut butter cups if you'll send me mini Snickers...

Love it when a new poetry form enters the world!

Liz in Ink said...

Oh, these are fun... might have to try.

Jennie said...

I don't share the peanut butter cups, but I do like this poem! I'm working on the first round of round up now!

Anonymous said...

That's a great zeno, Gregory! Thanks for sharing! :)

Greg Pincus said...

Thanks y'all. Zeno's are fun - a bit of a challenge, though. But then after the challenge... candy! Or so say I.

Emily Wilkes said...

I like the part "Waiting's done" because I remember as a kid being so impatient, counting done the days, hours and minutes until Halloween.

Marinela said...

Great zeno :)
Thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just wanted to let you know that the greeting card website has your poem posted here.

I don't know if you gave them permission or not, but I personally have had my work stolen by them, so I'm notifying other writers, so that they're aware that is doing this.

Greg Pincus said...

Thanks, Anonymous. For those who have encountered similar issues, here's a post that explains how to contact Google about this (since everyone fears Google more than your own email!):