Roam NaPoWriMo #13

These gypsy feet are itching to be free
practicality is second-rated
to dance in dewdrops is my new decree

practicality is so outdated
no shoes I wear, no goods shall I possess
practicality is never sacred
the government reclaimed our last address

taking’s easy when your ears are deafened
I’m moving ever onwards, won’t digress
losing’s simple when your mind’s awakened

Another Stress matrix dectet for you. If you’d like to try your won follow Luke’s guidelines here-

Stress Matrix Dectet/Stress Checkerboard Stanza –

10 lines, 10 syllables per line

a-B-a | B-c-B-c | D-c-D

where lowercase are iambic pentameter and uppercase are trochaic pentameter – they alternate the whole way, giving a perfect ‘checkerboard’ of stressed and unstressed syllables, ten lines down x ten syllables across (=100 syllables completely evenly distributed and the rhyme scheme also utterly even/symmetrical mathematically). For those unable to do the iamb/trochee thing, you could try it just counting ten syllables per line. You’ll be missing my main aim of the stress checkerboard, but it may well still be a nice form. We wait and see…

If I highlight the stressed syllables (and remove the stanza-breaks), you can more clearly see the ‘checkerboard’ of stresses and unstresses evenly distributed over the 10×10 (100)


4 responses to “Roam NaPoWriMo #13

  1. it stresses me too much to try to understand the stresses…
    however, i love your poem ~ i can see you running free… barefoot… hair blowing in the breeze…

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