This week, a Poetic Asides member shared a poetic form she created. While I don't usually share nonce forms, I've tried this one myself, and I think it's a lot of fun. So without further ado, I'm introducing Candace Kubinec's form, the Waltmarie (which is itself a nod to PA members and Poetic Bloomings hosts, Marie Elena Good and Walter J. Wojtanik).
Here are the guidelines for writing the Waltmarie:
- 10 lines
- Even lines are two syllables in length, odd lines are longer (but no specific syllable count)
- Even lines make their own mini-poem if read separately
No other rules for subject or rhymes.
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Here are two examples of the Waltmarie by Candace Kubinec:
Building a Snowman, by Candace Kubinec
They waited for the world to turn white -
Rolled balls of snow, bigger and bigger -
Broken twigs from the apple tree for arms, two hands -
He stood, smiling his pebble smile, until the warm sun appeared -
Then slowly disappeared, until only a memory remained -
On the Bench at Night, by Candace Kubinec
I sit as still as a human can -
The sun has set and dusk has settled -
I try to match my breath to the gentle breeze -
Small creatures emerge from daylight hiding places -
And my heart sends out a quiet message -