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Kethry
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0 posted 02-22-2002 05:19 PM       View Profile for Kethry   Email Kethry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kethry

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.

have fun

Here in the midst of my lonely abyss, a single joy I find...your presence in my mind.  Unknown


Krawdad
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1 posted 02-22-2002 10:36 PM       View Profile for Krawdad   Email Krawdad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Krawdad

Have you been standing too close to a microwave maybe?
Kethry
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2 posted 02-22-2002 10:47 PM       View Profile for Kethry   Email Kethry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kethry

I have been standing close to the microwave as it happens...how did you know. I have been telling it to hurry up.

On a more serious note I have written an example in Open. It is not as hard as it looks and it is fun (if you have the time because your microwave is too slow   )


Here in the midst of my lonely abyss, a single joy I find...your presence in my mind.  Unknown


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Magicmystery
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3 posted 02-26-2002 01:33 AM       View Profile for Magicmystery   Email Magicmystery   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Magicmystery's Home Page   View IP for Magicmystery

Alright Keth, Check out 19,,, My two cats.

Cherish the good memories past and look forward to the adventure called Tomorrow.
But above all... be kind to yourself today.

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4 posted 02-26-2002 09:59 PM       View Profile for Moon Dust   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Moon Dust

i'm confused

Write what you feel, feel what you wrtie.

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