Stories, or: Hoary

My 1st waltmarie

Comprised of 5 consecutive American sentences

Belief in deities helps humans bear their emotional 
Needy, unsteady, we oft succumb to our basal needs and
Floundering, humanity yearns to experience storied
Regrettably, some devotees feel threatened by (s)he who faith
Love for supernatural beings entirely defies

The waltmarie

Created as a nonce by Candace Kubinec.

  • 10 lines
  • Even lines are two syllables in length, odd lines are longer (but no specific syllable count)
  • Even lines make their own mini-poem if read separately

No other rules for subject or rhymes.

The American sentence

Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing the line count freed the American Sentence up for the idiosyncrasies of English phonemes.

The requirements:

  1. Composed in one line;
  2. Syllabic, 17 syllables;
  3. Condensed, written with no unnecessary words or articles;
  4. Complete sentence or sentences;
  5. Includes a turn or enlightenment.


I am offline for 25 hours for the Jewish festival of Sukkot, from sunset on Monday to sunset on Tuesday. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with you soon!

14 thoughts on “Stories, or: Hoary”

  1. can’t give this piece of hard work my full attention right now to do it justice, David. Just wanted to say: Believing in supernatural beings defies faith, imho.

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