Here’s a fun form: Diminishing Verse!
Diminishing Verse Poems
Diminishing verse offers no origin and very few rules, but I enjoyed writing my example below. In fact, the main rule is this: Remove the first letter of end word in previous line.
- Line 1 ends with the word “grad”
- And line 2 ends “rad”
- Then, line 3 ends “ad”
Note: There are no rules for rhymes, syllables, poem length, stanza length, etc. Just a simple removal of a letter. That said, poets can also remove sounds if they wish like “braille” to “rail” to “ale.”
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Here’s my attempt at Diminishing Verse:
bullies, by Robert Lee Brewer
The many children in my neighborhood are glad
when all the adults chase around a certain lad
who acts the bad guy of an anti-bully ad,
but it’s ironic that any child who might stray
be knocked around like a cafeteria tray
when children only want to shine like a sun’s ray.
Find more poetic posts here:
- Dizain: Poetic Form.
- WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haiku Sonnet. (Deadline: September 30!)
- Amy MacLennan: Poet Interview.