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Saturday, February 1, 2014



The pendulum is an 8-line syllable-count form done in rhymed couplets. The line by line count is 8-6-4-2-2-4-6-8.  Below are two examples from Mary Harper Sowell's collection, "Poetry Patterns A-Z."


Sometimes I yearn, I must confess,
for things I don't possess.
I sit and sigh
and try
to think
a coat of mink
would be just right for me.
I'm sure the mink would disagree.

So Little Time

Time flies so swiftly day by day.
So little time to say
the things I feel --
the real
true word
that should be heard.
Before my thoughts are said
it's time for me to do to bed.

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