Member Rara Avis
My challenge to you is to write a dactyl or double dactyl and play with the form .
The rules are:
A dactyl, as you may know, is a poetic foot of the form >-- (ON-off-off). For example,
interstate, realize, microphone, cereal, limerick, etc. etc. A double dactyl, naturally enough, is
two dactyls in a row.
Two stanzas, each comprising three lines of
dactylic dimeter followed by a line with a dactyl and a single accent. The two stanzas have to
rhyme on their last line. The first line of the first stanza is repetitive nonsense. The second line of
the first stanza is somebody's name -- strictly speaking, a proper noun. Note that this name must
itself be double-dactylic. E.g. Gloria Vanderbilt, Jesus of Nazareth, Gilbert and Sullivan,
Archangel Gabriel. In the second stanza, one entire line must be a double-dactylic word. E.g.
biopsychology, geopolitical, gastrointestinal, abecedarian, etc.
Here in the midst of my lonely abyss, a single joy I find...your presence in my mind. Unknown