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Monday, July 8, 2013


he Minute Poem is rhyming verse form consisting of 12 lines of 60 syllables written in strict
iambic meter.  The poem is formatted into 3 stanzas of 8,4,4,4;  8,4,4,4;  8,4,4,4 syllables. 
The rhyme scheme is as follows: aabb, ccdd, eeff

The Minute Poem is a 60 syllable verse form, one syllable for each second in a minute. The theme should be an event that is over and done completely, as in a minute. Since the dominant line is short the effect is likely humorous, whimsical or semi-serious. It was created by Verna Lee Hinegardner, once poet laureate of Arkansas.

Example Poem

Wrong Room

My thought,  my dear,  was that tonight
I'd do it right.
No more wham bam,
Then kiss and scram.

I slid real close, and  loved the fit,
hand on your tit.
It was a dream
until the scream.

Your mom  fled from the rented room.
Impending doom.
I'd be in it
In a minute.

(c) Lawrencealot - February 9, 2012

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