The White Beach Hut, or: Normans Bay

A ‘Minute Poem’

The sun-Bleached porch is where She sits;
Ripples transmit
Forbidden Words;
Sea-sounds; pert Birds;

She gazes up at Haze Of blue;
Love soars forth true;
Solitude reigns
Among sand Grains;

And~ Locked away treasures Of shells
Guarded by swells;
God's Artless art
Unlocks the Heart;
“I gaze at circling gulls in a haze of blue”
Photo: Lesley Scoble

‘Minute Poem’?

  • Narrative poetry—Tell a story in real time of a minute;  
  • A 12 line poem comprised of 3 quatrains (3 stanzas of 4 lines); 
  • Syllabic: The first line of each stanza has 8 syllables. The following 3 lines in each stanza have 4 syllables; 
  • Rhyming: aabb ccdd eeff; 
  • Poem illustrates an event in real time of 60 seconds;
  • A light hearted form of poetry that suits humorous verse. 

W3 poetry prompt

This ‘Minute Poem’ was written for Lesley Cobles’ W3 poetry prompt this week, in which she encourages us to try our hands at ‘Minute Poems’ and/or Shakespearean Sonnets.

Moonwashed weekly prompt


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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