Hi everyone! Let us revisit this poetry form which we did in 2017 and give it another fun run.
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.
The elements of the Minute Poem are:
1. narrative poetry.
2. a 12 line poem made up of 3 quatrains. (3 of 4-line stanzas)
3. syllabic, 8-4-4-4 8-4-4-4 8-4-4-4 (First line has 8 syllables of each stanza. Remaining lines has 4 syllables in each stanza)
4. rhymed, rhyme scheme of aabb ccdd eeff.
5. description of a finished event (preferably something done is 60 seconds).
6. is best suited to light verse, likely humorous, whimsical or semi-serious.
Here is my example:
by Grace @Everyday Amazing
i want to gift you sunflowers
red, all hours
but its winter
i’m no tinter
the field is frozen, sturdy ice
its not so nice
when clouds are grey
& sky is whey
i’ll offer you tea, piping hot
mint, rum or shot
in a minute
all is a hoot
Today’s writing challenge: To write the minute poem using the guidelines as described above.
Here is how to join us if you are new:
- Write a poem based on the writing challenge as described above. Post it on your blog or website.
- Enter your name and direct link to your poem in Mr. Linky.
- Follow the links to other poets. Read and comment on other poems. We all appreciate feedback on our poems.
- Link back to dVerse so others can find us too.
- Have fun!
Hello everyone! I hope you will have fun with this poetry form. We have some pies, sandwiches along with tea or coffee for you. Come on in and join the fun.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
This form must have been when I was on a break… had missed it. I found it very hard with such short lines… but I tried
You are a natural with poetry forms. Well now I can say our archives in dVerse pub is pretty deep now.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I remember when I started writing for dVerse I looked back and found a lot… it’s so much more these days.
Well 10 years now and counting is a lot of materials. We will never run out of poetry forms to try (again), specially with new poets writing them now.
Helen Dehner said:
Oh my!! This is a doozy … slide me a beer!
Here’s a beer Helen!!!! This is like a puzzle, smiles.
Coffee and sandwiches for me please 🙂 Loved the prompt, Grace! Happy Thursday ❤️❤️
Happy Thursday Sanaa!!!!
Great challenge thanks Grace, counting syllables is my least favourite thing, while rhyming is always fun! Focused on a minute of romance that another d’Verse poet reminded me of earlier this week.
Just had breakfast so a ginger tea would be lovely thanks … sun is out today
Ginger tea coming up. I envy your sunny weather!
beggar, your envy chased it away Grace and the heavy clouds and wild wind take over once more … such a crazy summer!
Hi Grace, this was fun but challenging. When I first wrote it, I forgot the rhymes and had to rethink the whole thing…uh oh! 🙂
I look forward to reading them. This looks like a fun puzzle.
Thanks, I will try this soon! I’ve written a few of these, but it has been a while. It tends to be difficult for me to choose a topic.
I suggest something fun and light. Looking forward to it.
A great “quick” challenge which has distracted me (wonderfully) from cleaning my teeth, so some delicious spearmint mouthwash please, Grace, followed by pure springwater from the view on your website… what dramatic geology you share!
Cheers to you from our cold winter window from Canada!!!
Grace, you have compelled me to be silly. 😛
Silly is good. Thanks for joining in the fun. Making my rounds now.
Well THAT was tough¨¨! Thanks for the prompt……was fun actually……..now I can sneak a beer,,,,,,
Beer for you Ain. I find it a challenge to comment on your poem via your blog. Just wanted to say that I appreciate you commenting on my and the others poems.
found that tricky counting syallables i can do. ryhming i struggle with.
I used a rhyming dictionary to help me with like this: https://www.rhymezone.com/
thhanks will takea look
I needed a clear head for this one – so a fizzy water with a splash of cordial for me please Grace. 😊
Here you go – and cheers! Have a good one!
What fun Grace, thank you, now I need a whiskey.
Whiskey coming up. Thanks for joining in the fun.
Hi Grace and all dVersers!!! It’s another sunny day in San Diego….and we are feeling quite smug that we are here while Boston is expecting a blizzard on Saturday!!!
This was a challenge, Grace….what I call, for me, another sudoku poetic form!!! But then iambic pentameter has always been one of the hardest things for me to write while others truly enjoy writing, for example, sonnets.
I did have fun with this though….my first try was about two brothers, who didn’t give a druthers about taking baths and stunk like skunks. Needless to say, I deleted that attempt and scrolled my media library on WordPress to find inspiration. I found my wonderful photo of a young Bermuda girl at the kite festival on Good Friday — we spent five Boston winters in Bermuda. She was my inspiration today.
I shall devote Friday to getting caught up on quadrilles, poetics and these posts….my guess is it’ll take more than a minute 🙂 But oh I shall enjoy the reading!
That photo was a good one Liliian. These sudoku poetic forms are fun though. Well I am reading back the poems for this week too. See you in the poetry trail.
Rob Kistner said:
A most interesting prompt Grace. It took me to an unexpected place, to a bittersweet but deeply cherished memory. If I could but once more have the exchange that I featured in my poem here. But too often, that 2nd chance, heartbreakingly, cannot be granted.
Looking forward to reading it Rob. Thanks for joining in.
Ah,this is a wonderful prompt! I remember writing a minute once, it came out quite well.. I’m looking forward to penning something nice this time as well! I’d love a jug of pineapple juice,if available.. 🙂
Pineapple juice coming up for you. Looking forward to read ing it.
Hi Grace. Thanks for the fun prompt. I enjoyed writing this poetry form.
Thanks for joining in the fun. Enjoy your day!
M Jay Dixit said:
Hello Grace, thanks for hosting. It was fun writing for this prompt. 🙂
Hello M Jay, I glad you had fun. Have a good weekend.
I had a lot of fun with this, Grace. Mine is utter nonsense, I’m afraid, but it was fun. Thanks for the inspiration. I’ll be by over the weekend to visit and comment.
Well, we can all do with nonsense and fun. Thanks for joining in. Wishing you a good weekend.
Thanks for an interesting prompt, Grace. Thank you for hosting.
Thanks for joining in. Have a good weekend.
Late to the party but I’m here 🙂
Good to see you! I am just hitting the trail now for today’s reading. Wishing you a good weekend!
🙂 Thanks for the welcome, you also, Grace. Try to stay warm!
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hello Grace- thanks for hosting.!I had more dental work on Thursday so submitting late. Love the form!
Hi Linda! Hope all is well. Take care!!!
Here’s mine. After the deadline. It was a fun challenge. Thanks
Oops.. missed the deadline again. Here’s mine: https://judydykstrabrown.com/2022/01/29/memory-walk/
Envision Eden said:
tender lines, so graceful
Cindy Georgakas said:
What a great poem and prompt Grace! 💖🌻👏👏