Zig, or: Zag

My 1st Tina’s Zigzag Rhyme

Never met Tina but heard she's
clever with the use of her tongue.
I've heard she enjoys making puns
and often annoys her lovers,
who tend to feel she's too complex
and expects too much oral text.

Never met Tina but heard she's
clever with the use of her tongue.

Her lingual flow is beguiling,
her technique so slow and in-depth.
One fan, lucky to have kissed her,
nicknamed her: 'Tina Tongue Twister'.

Rules for Tina’s Zigzag Rhyme

  • It starts with a sestet, refrain, quatrain, refrain and quatrain;
  • It must have an uplifting subject;
  • Refrain is first two lines of poem;
  • After refrain you use center rhyme, then end rhyme, continue with refrain… etc;
  • It is an 8 syllable per line poem. No limit to stanzas but must have, at least one sestet, refrain, and quatrain.
  • Rhyme scheme:
    • Rhyme in first two lines is at left,
    • next rhyme is center in lines 3 and 4,
    • and rhyme in lines 5 and 6 is an end rhyme.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

26 thoughts on “Zig, or: Zag”

  1. David i just finish reading your new post a few minutes ago and about to switch off the lights.

    A terrific zig or zag
    You share so much technical poetic knowledge with us.
    You are most welcome.
    Goodnight poet ❤

    1. Thanks so much, Shashi ❤ ❤ ❤

      Please feel free to call me ‘David’ – that’s my first name. In Hebrew, the word ‘ben’ means ‘son of’… I know my pen name is confusing – I’m really sorry about that!


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