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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

Sources:  Herehere and here.

Today’s writing challenge:  To write the minute poem using the guidelines as described above.

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