and Candace Kubinec (Candy to us) of rhymeswithbug:
I mention Graham because not many have seen his work yet and it’s much too good to miss.
However, it’s Candy’s newly-invented form I want to focus on today: the Waltmarie Poetic Form, outlined by Robert Lee Brewer at Poetic Asides (Writers’ Digest) as:
- 10 lines
- Even lines are two syllables in length, odd lines are longer (but no specific syllable count)
- Even lines make their own mini-poem if read separately
- No other rules for subject or rhymes.
You’ll find a number of examples at Candy’s blog. Here is her Valentine’s Day poem, which I particularly like:
Let’s give it a try!
But what if you would rather write prose at present?
The Waltmarie is a type of embedded narrative – a story within the main story (or an incorporated variation on the theme). Read all about embedded narratives at Wikipedia. You may give us one in prose, inserting the second narrative in any way you choose.
Prose pieces should still conform to our blanket rule of 369 words or fewer.
One link per person, please.
In poetry or prose, the subject matter this time is entirely up to you.
P.S. (Housekeeping). If you leave us a comment here (below) we'll always reply – as soon as we can. So if you are asking a question (or even if you're just saying 'Hi') do check back until you see the answer; don't give up!
Material shared here is presented for study and review. Poems, photos, and other writings and images remain the property of the copyright owners, usually the authors. (Older material may be out of copyright).
The poem Waiting for Love remains Copyright © Candace Kubinec 2021 and must not be reproduced without the copyright holder's permission.
Thank you for sharing Candy's new form, Rosemary, and giving me the push to have another go at it!ReplyDelete
Thanks for being brave enough to have go, Kim! People are not rushing to attempt this one, I see – and I confess that I found it quite difficult myself.Delete
I brought a bit of Nightshade to the partyReplyDelete
Which made the party very interesting!Delete
I almost didn't try, but...Many thanks to both you and to Candace.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you did, and that you're pleased with the result – which I thought impressive.Delete
That was fun. Nice form.ReplyDelete
Glad you enjoyed it!Delete
Thank you so much for the kind words.ReplyDelete
This wasn't an easy challenge (for me) .... always good to try something new! Thank you for (as my mother used to say) encouraging me to put my thinking cap on.ReplyDelete
Believe me, it wasn't easy for me either! But felt all the better when I finally managed it.Delete
This was difficult! I had any number of false starts. I'm not really satisfied, but my fingers wore out!!ReplyDelete
I understand perfectly!Delete
This form resonates with me Rosemary. I was unaware of it, so thank you for the introduction.ReplyDelete
I see that it resonates! It was a great pleasure to read your beautiful Waltmarie.Delete
I think I commented on yours - maybe you have a filter on.Delete
Candy's form was fun, thank you, Rosemary for suggesting we try. I tried early on my smart phone like I usually write but got all messed up. Later today on Mrs. Jim's laptop I used the same theme with my sidewalk bench covered with leaves but I developed an easier way. With the larger screen where I could see it all at one time I first wrote my two syllables per line five lines. Then I wrote to fill on those five lines with the longer ones that made sense. I'm not hardly ever totally satisfied with my writing but my work did satisfy and worked with my situation.ReplyDelete
That's a clever way of tackling it!Delete
Thanks for sharing this form here! I hope everyone had fun with it.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the permission to share. It seems some people really took to it, others of us found it a challenge ... very interesting anyway to have something new to play with. Congratulations on your inventiveness!Delete
Looking forward to trying this. :)ReplyDelete
Looking forward to reading the results!Delete
My surgery (hysterectomy) has been postponed... so I am enjoying poetry tonight :) It is rescheduled for a couple weeks out...ReplyDelete
Margaret Bednar ... don't know why it says unknown...Delete
Dear Margaret, I am glad to know that Unknown is you (no longer unknown). Hope you may continue enjoying poetry until the surgery, and also when in recovery.Delete