My 1st Tetractys
In Jewish tradition the Decalogue is referred to as 'Ten Utterances'. Indeed, 'Ten Utterances', rather than 'Ten Commandments'... Principles to live by. To refer to these as 'Ten Commandments' dismisses the rest of God's Torah Law. Six hundred and thirteen is the number of commandments Judaism's said to have. At Sinai, an entire people entered into that famous covenant with God. Basic principles were necessary, which every Jew could recite off the cuff.
d’Verse prompt: Numbering Ten
At d’Verse, poets were challenged to try one of two different poetic forms:
- A 10 line stanza (more stanzas if you wish);
- 10 syllables per line;
- rhyme scheme as per the Decuain or free verse if you’d prefer;
- A 5 line stanza in the form of a Tetractys (more stanzas if you wish);
- 1/2/3/4/10 syllables for odd numbered stanzas;
- 10/4/3/2/1 syllables for even numbered stanzas.
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!