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Friday, April 4, 2014

The Pendulum

  • The Pendulum is an invented verse form that features graduated line lengths. It was created by Etta J Murphy and was first published in Calkins, Haiku Highlights (July-August 1970).

    The Pendulum is:
    • a poem in 8 lines, an octastich.
    • syllabic, 8-6-4-2-2-4-6-8 syllables per line.
    • rhymed, rhyme scheme aabbccdd.

My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO

My Example Poem

Put Fear AND Foolishness Astern   (The Pendulum)

We live in a contingent world
where accidents are hurled.
Things break and fall
and all
our skill
still never will
be shield against events.
I find avoidance fine defense.

© Lawrencealot - April 4, 2014

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