The Tone-Deaf Singer

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub  (posted by Grace)
Poetry Form:  The Minute Form

"The Minute Poem is a 60 syllable verse form, one syllable for each second in a minute. The theme should be an event that is over and done completely, as in a minute. Since the dominant line is short the effect is likely humorous, whimsical or semi-serious. It was created by Verna Lee Hinegardner, once poet laureate of Arkansas."

The elements of the Minute Poem are:

1. narrative poetry.
2. a 12 line poem made up of 3 quatrains. (3 of 4-line stanzas)
3. syllabic, 8-4-4-4   8-4-4-4   8-4-4-4 (First line has 8 syllables of each stanza.  Remaining lines has 4 syllables in each stanza)
4. rhymed, rhyme scheme of aabb ccdd eeff.
5. description of a finished event (preferably something done is 60 seconds).
6. is best suited to light verse, likely humorous, whimsical or semi-serious.

He thought his singing voice was fine.
He drank quinine
sitting back stage
in suit of beige.

Never needed lessons, said he,
timing is key.
They called his name;
the stage he claimed.

The audience cringed when they heard
his voice–absurd!
He has no ear,
end of career.

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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18 Responses to The Tone-Deaf Singer

  1. Sadje says:

    Poor guy. Overconfidence took him down.

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  2. Grace says:

    Oh dear, that ended so quickly. Good one Sara!!!!

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  3. Liesl Garner says:

    Nice retelling of Pride Cometh Before the Fall! Excellent work. I like your interpretation of the prompt.


  4. VJ Knutson says:

    You hooked me at the title. Sadly, I am that singer.

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  5. Helen Dehner says:

    Blame it on the quinine!!! Or the Bossa Nova!! Not his fault. LOL


  6. M Jay Dixit says:

    LOL I can relate with him! a nice minute, PPP 🙂


  7. Alas… I wonder why he ever believed there would be a career.

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  8. Susi Bocks says:

    Seen many of those types on American Idol!

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