The Juxtadecasec, or: Creativity forms verses

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 continued their journey together; 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 they go through the alphabet once more but in their new series, for every letter of the alphabet (A through Z), they would select not only a poetic form but also – a keyword for each poem.

Eventually, they completed their third series and decided to embark on a fourth towards the end of 2022. This time, taking turns, they would create their own poetic forms for every letter of the alphabet (A through Z), and exchange poems, as they’d done before.

For ‘J’, Sangeetha created the ‘Juxtadecasec’ form.


J: Juxtadecasec

Sangeetha’s Juxtadecasec

I set off on an epic adventure
Chirpy, full of beans but wallet empty
See, feel, search, closed doors and open hearts;
Part of the fun lies is in finding out;
Doubts may go; Faith may stay; Trails may just end,
Sending me back fast to life's battle front;
Untraveled, I neither win nor lose
Shoes I don, pack my night lamp, start my day;
Playing every end game, I start from scratch
Catch my breath and throw caution to the sky.

David’s Juxtadecasec

Feet planted on earth, eyes trained to the sky,
My questions seek answers that trouble Man;
Can it be- life ends with death's certain cut?
What if, more or less, there's nothing but now?
How to find meaning with nothing to lose?
Whose grand joke is this, this dark tragedy?
Free will or fate? To surrender or try?
Why even bother? Is belief not odd?
God, gods, or chaos? Order lures the mind;
Finding faith a front, it's back down the street.

Juxtadecasec?

  • 10 lines;
  • 10 syllables per line;
  • The last syllable of each line rhymes with the first syllable of the next line;
  • The last syllable of the last line rhymes with the first syllable of the first line;
  • There should be a pair of antonyms in each line.


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!

31 thoughts on “The Juxtadecasec, or: Creativity forms verses”

  1. Iโ€™m so glad you defined juxtadecasec cause google had no idea what I was talking about โ€ฆ again. What is wrong with google? Itโ€™s supposed to know everything.

  2. I read them and enjoyed them both. Then I read the description and went back and read again with greater admiration! I had missed the antonyms so went back a third time and was blown away!! Awesome!!

      1. You’re very welcome sir! I enjoyed the rhyming syllables at the end and beginning of the lines. And how you phrased the doubts & questioning of God and faith. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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