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Saturday, February 1, 2014


Beecher Smith, who invented this form, calls it a hybrid between a haiku and a limerick. The 5-line structure has syllable count 2-5-5-3-8 (representing positions in the alphabet for b-e-e-c-h) and rhyme scheme a-b-b-b-a. His first Beech (below) was accepted for publication:


I know
you were supposed to
be the Great Soul who
was my true
Love. That was very long ago.

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