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Time for an Etheree(al) Challenge!

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Balladeer
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The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables.  Etheree can
also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.  

So let me have an Etheree, folks. You can make it normal or reversed - up to you. You can make it free verse or, for those who want the extra challenge, rhyme the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th and 10th lines as in the example listed below.

For those who want a REAL challenge (moose), make it a double Etheree, going from 1 to 10 syllables and then 10 to one. The rhyme can change, beginning with the 12th line for the second half of the poem.

Start your engines!


Anonymous Solitude

Sheís
inclined
to want more
to ease her mind
than do you or I.
She disappears to find
anonymous solitude.
We look for it, but we are blind.
Left behind, we become mere figments
of her illusions; . . . . we call her unkind.

Copyright © 2003 Andrea Dietrich
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1 posted 06-16-2009 09:17 PM       View Profile for Dr.Moose1   Email Dr.Moose1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dr.Moose1

Balladeer,
Now, how did you know I was going to be all over this?
Doc
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2 posted 06-16-2009 09:37 PM       View Profile for Oklahoma Rose   Email Oklahoma Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Oklahoma Rose

Oh my, Balladeer, Sir. I didn't even get the other one done, yet. I seem to be brain dead. This one llooks easy enough. Maybe I can do this one.
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Once
his arms
held her close.
Bodies kept warm;
dancing private songs,
lost within sexual charms.
Captivated by his grace,
her heart hammered out loveís alarm.
Senses blind to faults he kept at bay,
giving herself with no regard to harm.

While he shaped her like clay within his hands
until her confidence caved away.
She once lit up like Chinese lamps,
laughter spilling; her face gay.
Happy times now long gone,
cruelly pushed away.
Lonely woman
left today Ö

itís his
way.

.

Alison
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4 posted 06-17-2009 02:38 AM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Now you got me playing!




----

silt
softly
soothing sands
slowly, sliding
stirring satin silk
silvery sensations
seems sexually searing
secretive somnolence sharing
sensuous seduction, sands slipping
spontaneity shatters solitude

-

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5 posted 06-17-2009 04:24 AM       View Profile for Oklahoma Rose   Email Oklahoma Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Oklahoma Rose

I had no doubt, Alison, my friend, that you would do very well on this assignment. You are quite the pro.
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Ok Sir Balladeer! I know it's not the best,and there is no rhyme. But, I gave it a try.


She
Reaches
To the stars
Way up above
For the brightest one
In hopes of great success
Pushing aside such defeat
Hoping to gain all her desires
Only to reach the greatest of success
Just so she will able to make him smile


Now for a rhyming one.
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7 posted 06-17-2009 05:18 AM       View Profile for Oklahoma Rose   Email Oklahoma Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Oklahoma Rose

My muse must be on the go, now. Here is a rhyming one for you, Sir Balladeer.


Friends
Are there
To always
Give us such care
When we are in need
To wipe away our tears
When life just seems so unkind
They help us get through our despair
Through the good times and the bad ones too
They are always there to show us they care


P.S. I'll see what I can do with the Double one.
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8 posted 06-17-2009 07:33 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Good God in Heaven, Alison! Here I thought I was presenting a challenge and you make it look like child's play! The first one is excellent, not only structurally correct but an excellent poem, to boot. Your second one...well, it would appear you stole Moose's thunder. That's something I would have expected from HIM....and that's a compliment!

Guess I'm going to have to come up with stronger challenges. Nicely done, star pupil!
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9 posted 06-17-2009 07:39 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Rose, you are so surprising. You really did an excellent job there. One should always go with one's strength and it appears your strength is in the free verse style. Your first poem is excellent, reads very nicely, and flows off the tongue well. Your rhyming one is also good but you have to avoid the trap of creating awkward lines for the sake of creating a rhyme. You have grown by leaps and bounds through your determination and perserverance and I think you are wonderful, as a poet and as a friend.
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Hey Balladeer,

This was fun to play with last night.  Sometimes, I just get caught up in the words and how they fit - it's like a puzzle.

Thank you for taking the time to put the challenges out and continuing to teach.

Hugs and smooches,
Alison

-

Hey Sue,

You did great.  I love your poems - and, even more, I love you being in here with us.

xoxoox
Alison
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11 posted 06-17-2009 11:31 AM       View Profile for Dr.Moose1   Email Dr.Moose1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dr.Moose1

Wow!
I leave here for a minute and Alison is alliterating all over and Rose is blooming poetically! Maybe I oughta skip out more often. Excellent writing ladies.
Doc
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12 posted 06-17-2009 11:45 AM       View Profile for Dr.Moose1   Email Dr.Moose1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dr.Moose1

       Just so Much Hot Air

Each
Time I
Have to find
Exact rhymes I
Reach for the sky and
Pick among passersby
Often finding one I choose
Easily slides in place first try
More often than not this works for me
Seems as though I'm a real poetic guy
Like words just can't wait to do my bidding
It seems almost like a piece of pie
Keeping track of it is just cake
Each piece a "masterpiece" , why
Happens each single time
Once I blink my eyes
Take hold my pen
And let fly
Into
Rhyme!

[This message has been edited by Dr.Moose1 (06-18-2009 03:55 PM).]

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Thank you, Balladeer, my friend for the nice reply. I'm glad you like them. You sure know how to encourage one to keep trying.
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14 posted 06-17-2009 09:48 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Excellent as always, Moose, but a couple of things I have to question.

Easily slides into place first try

I read that as nine syllables unless you were using "easily" as a two-syllable word which would make it "easly"?

Each piece a "masterpiece" , why
Happens each single time


Not sure I understand the "why" in that line.

If you need help, perhaps Alison is available for tutoring
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Balladeer,
Lol, an excellent suggestion regarding the
tutoring. You are, of course, right on the syllable count which was do to posting in haste. As for the "why", aside from maintaining the rhyme and syllable count,
I used it here as an interjection to show mild surprise.
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Hey this sounds like fun. I think I will have a go

Shredded

Like          
Empty      
Crushed beer cans    
On cracked cement,  
My passion has died.  
Gone are the emotions  
That once sustained my poor life.  
Tear stained pavement, a testament
To the cold apathy of the street
and wind blown tendrils of who I once was.

Yoin

lol....be gentle with me  
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I like it, Yoin.  Great to see you here among us.

Alison
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18 posted 06-21-2009 07:58 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

You guys/gals are darn good!
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No problem there, Yoinn. That is excellent...thanks for joining in.
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thanks everyone for helping me add to my poetry muscle.

Yoin
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Echoes Of


If
only
"forever",
whispered to me,
promised withdrawal
from death of emotions,
those memories reflecting
that first passionate kiss stealing
the warmth of words that once wrapped this heart
into an all embracing dance... called love

Then today, tomorrow would awaken
those feelings of yesterday in depth,
allowing the elements of,
to season the now empty
in rainbow colored arcs,
paged to never fade
when soft spoken
confessions
echo
yours.


M

"Love is not blind - It sees more and not less, but because it sees more, it is willing to see less."
(Will Moss)

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Wow....this was a real challenge for me. I had fun, though!

Hands So Gently Rough

Hands
So rough
But gentle
Their loving touch
With evíry sweet sigh
It is never enough
I canít tell you how or why
Your touch thatís so soft and so gruff
Sings sweetly to the deep depths of me
And I love them being so gently rough

Arana Darkwolf

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Maureen, that is really beautiful. I had little doubt you could make easy work of this and you did it in fine fashion.

Rachel, you did well! Seems you met the challenge and came up with an excellent use of the form. congrats and welcome!
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Thank you, Sir. I had a lot of fun, and these challenges are really making me think and getting my creative juices flowing.

Arana Darkwolf

 
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