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there is a poetry form that should give all you versifiers out there a good challenge. It has a name, which of course I have forgotten (early onset alzheimer's, i suspect), but here is the way it works:

What sets this form apart from others is it's use of repeating endwords (the last word in a line). It consists of six, six-line stanzas. It doesn't have a rhyme scheme. The word that sits on the end of each line, is then repeated as the endword of a different line in each of the succeeding stanzas, in a very specific pattern. The repetition pattern looks like this: first stanza, with endwords 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Second stanza: same endwords, but arranged like this: 6, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. third stanza: same endwords, but 5, 6, 1, 2, 3, 4. then 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3. Etc. at the end you tack on a four line stanza, using the endwords one, two, three and four,

for a total of 40 lines.

Hope someone decides to take up the gauntlet.



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  • 2 months later...

Challenges frighten me and I tend to disappear lol As soon as I reappear I'll give it a shot...it sounds fun

My thoughts are on your closing line though..."The things that make us happy, make us wise." I think I disagree. I think the things that frighten us make us wise, wisdom makes us happy.....Codey

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