Skating Poem S005

Square poems have
The same number
Of syllables
Per line as lines




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

It was crazy busy at the skating oval tonight. Everybody must be tired of either hosting yet another party, or going to another one, just a few nights after New Year’s Eve. I wasn’t there long, but long enough to get this concept and thought together about a “square” poem.

This is not so much a visually square poem, as concrete poetry might be. Rather, it’s a poetic elements sort of square poem where for however many number of lines you have in the poem, each line must have the same number of syllables as the number of lines in the poem. That would help keep meter, as opposed to same number of words per line as lines, which could make the poem sound more like spoken word or free verse unless you had only one syllable words. That’d work in Vietnamese as all words are one syllable only, but not in English, and English is what I write in despite being fluent enough in Vietnamese to get by. 🙂

I didn’t have time to try to get a rhyme scheme into this poem. I’m not sure I could. These things could be tough to write with rhyme scheme! I didn’t even have pauses in what is a short sentence definition!

I don’t know how many of these I’ll write in the future, but I’ll keep it in mind. Give it a try if you’re looking for some new poetic forms to try.

By the way, how ironic I’d come up with the idea for a square poem while skating around an oval, eh? 🙂

The S-series poems were composed while I was out skating on the Halifax Emera Skating Oval, to squeeze in writing time in a life that is always getting busier.


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