Under control, or: Under advisement

My 1st Constanza

This is not a poem as such...
I'm writing these lines off the cuff
and tipsy off the stronger stuff.

I simply can't be bothered much
when my head is heavy and tired...
when I'm so bloody uninspired...

As my fingers firm table clutch,
I realize I might collapse;
my concentration's long since lapsed...

I know this excuse is a crutch;
it does not justify a thing;
but, gosh, it's hard two words to string...

Perhaps drink less... At least a touch
until I'm done with my writing...
But... That bottle's so inviting!

This is not a poem as such...
I simply can't be bothered much.
As my fingers firm table clutch,
I know this excuse is a crutch;
Perhaps drink less... At least a touch?

Constanza?

  • five or more 3-line stanzas;
  • each line has a set meter of eight syllables;
  • the first lines of all the stanzas can be read successively as an independent poem, with the rest of the poem weaved in to express a deeper meaning;
  • the first lines convey a theme written in monorhyme;
  • the second and third lines of each stanza rhyme together;
  • rhyme scheme: a/b/b, a/c/c, a/d/d, a/e/e, a/f/fโ€ฆ etc.

d’Verse

At d’Verse, poets were prompted to write poems in the form of a ‘Constanza’.


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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