The Monometric, or: Creativity verses form

Sangeetha & David’s new poetry project

Once upon a time, two poets who’d never met in person began writing verses back and forth over the Internet. Their first project took them some nine months: a 100 verse Hyakuin.

Once they’d completed their first oeuvre, they decided to continue their journey together; and Sangeetha came up with a fun idea. Beginning in January ’22, they took turns selecting poetic forms beginning with the letters of the alphabet (A through Z) and wrote poems to one another using those forms.

Upon completing that second project, Sangeetha suggested that they go through the alphabet once more, this time with an addition twist… In their new series, for every letter of the alphabet (A through Z), the two would select not only a poetic form but also – a keyword for each poem.

For ‘M’, David selected the ‘Monometric’ form and the keyword ‘Motivation’.

M: Monometric

David’s Monometric

Motivation's escaping me;
in the real world, I can't be free.

Here's my simple explanation:
The problem's my imagination -
sworn foe of deep concentration!

I note the dark sorcerer's smirk
and terrible monsters that lurk...
Unsheathing sword, I go berserk -
First- save mankind, then - back to work!

Reluctantly... I'm back on Earth-
Where I must prove my added worth;
Of grand adventures there's a dearth;
And office work balloons my girth...
Why did no one warn me at birthโ‰๏ธ

Sangeetha’s Monometric

Motivation is on the run
I give it chase and have some fun

I date dubious distractions
Hoping for an intervention
To lead my words to fruition

And then I see this bag of chips
And bring one wafer to my lips
Its crisp crunch plays clever mind tricks
Of course I turn then to Netflix

Thoughts, feelings, convictions lie low
Images, freedom, find a flow
Time's horizon shimmers aglow
Phrases make music and I know
Life motivates when I let go 


  • Begin with a couplet, then augment each succeeding stanza with one more line;
  • Each stanza is to be independent mono-rhyme;
  • Lines can be of any constant meter;
    • e.g., Iambic trimeter, iambic tetrameter, iambic pentameter, trochaic tetramter, trochaic pentameter, amphibrach dimeter, amphibrach trimeter, etc.;
  • To summarize, the poet may choose ANY consistent meter and feet, and then apply mono-rhyme to increasing length stanzas.

Sangeetha & David’s ‘Creativity verses form’

  1. The Alliterisen (#alternatives)
  2. The Bragi (#books) [1st attempt]
  3. The Bragi (#books) [correct]
  4. The Cadae (#crisis)
  5. The Dodoitsu (#desire)
  6. The Emmett (#elves)
  7. The Fold (#friend)
  8. The Golda (#gravity)
  9. The Harrisham (#hope)
  10. The Inverted Refrain (#imagination)
  11. The Jram (#jubilee)
  12. The Kลel (#kismet)
  13. The Lai (#love)
  14. The Monometric (#motivation)
  15. The Nove Otto (#night)
  16. The Ovillejo (#origins)
  17. The Purely Hopeful (#poetry)
  18. The Quatern (#quiet)
  19. The Raay (#roots)
  20. The Septanelle (#smiles)
  21. The Trianglet (#time)
  22. The Ukiah (#underwear)
  23. The Violette (#vintage)
  24. The Whyquain (#wisdom)
  25. X (wildcard): The Eight-ette (#excuse)
  26. The Ya Hoo (#yes)
  27. The Zip (#zip)

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!

10 thoughts on “The Monometric, or: Creativity verses form”

  1. Hehe! These are so good and it is the truth for many.. I find my imagination is my motivation for just like eating sweets afterward I have to brush my teeth!

  2. “Here’s my simple explanation:
    The problem’s my imagination –
    sworn foe of deep concentration”

    Absolutely yes to this David! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    My imagination is always on the run Sangeetha ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜‚ I can so relate to that! ๐Ÿ‘

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