Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – In Form Poet:  Double Etheree

“Let’s get a bit adventurous today, and explore the Double Etheree. The Etheree was created about twenty years ago by an Arkansas poet named Etheree Taylor Armstrong. It is a titled form, consisting of ten lines of non-metered and non-rhymed verse, of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables, each succeeding line adding a syllable, with the total syllable count being fifty-five.

The Double Etheree starts with the ten line Etheree and then reverses the order for another ten lines. A Double Etheree has a syllable count of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

And if you really want to lose your mind, you could try a Reverse Double Etheree: 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10″

day draws
near, one week.
already begun.
All the foil pans purchased,
pie crusts are formed and frozen,
snow storm has given way to sun.
Though this year was rough, still, Thanksgiving
Has always been my favorite holiday.
Sleepiness and glazed eyes–satiation.
Dad always walked some after this meal.
As stomach settles, dessert
is set upon table.
Cleanup, packaging
of leftovers.
Hate to see
this day

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Preparation

  1. MYRNA ZACH says:

    was that as difficult to do as it seems/



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