Pause, or: Paws

My 2nd Crystalline

Tapping syllables out on keyboard,
Fingers tire and cannot straighten.

What’s a Crystalline?

  • A complete couplet. Either standing alone or written in any number of couplets;
  • Syllabic, 17 syllables;
    • Regular: 8/9 or 9/8 syllables per line;
    • Irregular: broken where appropriate, other than the 8-9/9-8 regular form;
  • Written with English grammatical rules of syntax, caps and punctuation;
  • At the poetโ€™s discretion, written with poetic devices (rhyme, onomatopoeia, metaphor…);
  • Composed with a โ€œcutโ€ or pivot, most often between L1 and L2.


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!

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