General Poetry posted September 15, 2019

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A 'Diminished Hexaverse' Contest Offering

Morning Mist

by Y. M. Roger

Dawn’s magical mist
moves across fresh fields
and through vast valleys,
whisp’ring of dew drops
‘neath filigree wings

Though rising sun
will hurl its rays
in dispersion,
the dew remains:
Nature’s bond

that life shall


Weather via Diminished Hexaverse writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Diminished Hexaverse is a type of poem that relates stanza lines to syllable count in decreasing volume. It typically* starts with a 5 lines of 5 syllables per line; then 4 lines of 4 syllables per line; then 3 lines of 3 syllables per line; then 2 lines of 2 syllables per line; finally wrapping up with 1 syllable, 1 line stanza. This final line may or may not be the title of the poem. No rhyme scheme is required. [*I say 'typically' here because the form can begin with a higher count in the first stanza 'diminishing' to the single-word final line.]

For this contest, you are to write a five stanza Diminished Hexaverse [example given below]. The theme of your poem should be the weather... And, yes, that's quite a broad nature topic! ;) It could be about storms or heat or rain or... the sky's the limit (lol!). However, this is a NATURE poem -- no emotional storms or lover's heat or Purple Rain or... well, you get the point. :) ;) :)

Be creative and inventive and impress us, please!! Make us sigh, make us wow, make us laugh, but make us want to vote for yours! ;) Let the Diminishing begin!

By Jan Allison

Magical moonbeams
Sparkling like silver
On an inky sea
I watch them dancing

Bright mystic moon
Shining each night
Waxes and wanes
Controlling tides

Silver orb
Shines above

I love
A clear



Image of 'Valley of the morning mist a new work' from Albert Wirtz at flickr []
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