The circle, or: Life

My 2nd double etheree

glar-
ing light;
screaming; sus-
tenance; voices,
faces; crawling; walk-
ing unsteadily; run-
ning to school; letters; numbers;
teachers; friends; innocence; flower-
ing; attraction; awkwardness; coming
of age; professors; pressure; majors, min-
ors; sex; love; commitment; graduation;
apartment; interviews; paychecks; en-
gagement; bickering; paying bills; 
marriage; family; loss; birth;
children; parenting; per-
spective; pride; wrinkles;
health; retirement;
grandchildren;
exhaus-
tion

Etheree

The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but follow suit with an inverted syllable count.

Reversed Etheree: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Double Etheree: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

…Triple Etheree, Quadruple Etheree, and so on!


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!

31 thoughts on “The circle, or: Life”

  1. The Double Etheree of Life! Love how this form takes us from our small beginnings to our diminished end.

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