Hooray! or: Oy Vey!

An ‘Eleventh Power’ poem

Hooray! I love to rhyme! So, I s'pose I will!
'Course, counting syllables is also great fun!
No amount of wordplay could give me my fill;
Poetic forms enchant; p'raps I'll try this one!
It makes me feel good to hone my writing skills;
And once I have finished, it feels like I've won!
I'm not sure why odd forms give me such a thrill...
Well, they certainly beat going for a run!
If a form feels awkward I'll try to push through;
Sometimes I give up... then go at it anew.
Now I feel uplifted... Honestly, don't you?

Eleventh Power?

  • Has an uplifting subject;
  • Stanzaic: written in any number of 11 line stanzas;
  • Syllabic: each line is 11 syllables;
  • Rhymed: either abababccddd or ababababccc.

d’Verse prompt: The Eleventh Hour

The above uplifting ‘Eleventh Hour’ poem was written in response to this d’Verse prompt.


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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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42 thoughts on “Hooray! or: Oy Vey!”

    1. I almost didn’t do this prompt because I found it more annoying than enjoyable – but I’m on a roll with d’Verse prompts and I’m stubborn like that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. This is delightful. Everyone’s writing about the form itself (including me, but I couldn’t make the rhyme work, so I’m not posting since I get tired of getting yelled at by the mods for not following prompts). But it makes me question the prompt–is it too restrictive? I think about this a lot with complex prompts and sometimes wish there were consequences to not writing to them other than feeling put upon and self righteous, that is something to make me write them! Gah, I’m babbling.

    1. Truth be told, Alexandra, as much as I generally enjoy prompts and poetry forms, I felt somewhat disinclined to do this one because it was mostly just annoying – it’s a very simple pattern and technically easy to accomplish, but it’s restrictive enough that the results are more like than not to come out forced and boring.

      1. Exactly. And there are a lot of good poems in the linky that I feel have been ruined by the rhyme scheme.

        1. it’s a trade-off for me… having prompts to write to keeps my juices flowing, but, obviously, they come with frustrating restrictions some times (other times, I don’t mind ’em though).

    1. Brilliant David and very funny! ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ These lines in particular made me chuckle given my love for running!

      โ€œIโ€™m not sure why odd forms give me such a thrillโ€ฆ
      Well, they certainly beat going for a run!
      If a form feels awkward Iโ€™ll try to push through;โ€

      What will we do with ya David?? Tut, tut, tut. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      1. Ken, believe it or not – I thought of you when I wrote the line about ‘running’ – and I was wondering how you’d respond to it ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. No way! Haha! That’s funny! ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Don’t worry, I’ve a sense of humour. ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  2. It was such a challenge that at the end, I really felt I won. Yes, I feel the same – its a such a thrill to try new ones. Thanks for making this so much fun to read. Cheers!

  3. David, I think it’s wonderful how your brain works. We all benefit from your enjoyment of poetry forms, syllable counting, and amazing creativity. Thank you kind sir,

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