Romance Poetry posted April 6, 2021

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Quadruple Tetractys

Tempt Me Not

by JLR

me not!
Your wild ways
cast shadows long
across the already rougher patches.
Lingering memories, while I collect
moments of near
pleasant times
once held
firm with
my reserve!
I must protect
my vested caution while temptation calls.
As times will surely come whence, we wouldst fail
to strike down the
sirens' call ...
do come,



Tetractys, a poetic form invented by Ray Stebbing, consists of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20). Tetractys can be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Tetractys can also be reversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Double Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1 Triple Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 and so on

Presented as a Quadruple Tetractys with 80 syllables.

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