OctPoWriMo Day 18 – The pudding police and crispy cold cola

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

To reboot I eat sweets and spread joy

Call my friends in streets and we play with toy

Make a list! Make a list! and breathe

Meditate and seek what we seethe

Heal the sting and scar of the pain and hurt

Make a list of puddings and cola squirt

Listen to music to rejuvenate

I live in Munich, frilly and that’s great

Stretch and bend! Stretch and bend!

Talk for hours with my best friend

Hands on deck on the house and do puzzles

Stretch and bend, of course, without the hustles*

(c) ladyleemanila 2020

The Staccato, created by Jan Turner, consists of two or more 6-line stanzas.

Rhyme scheme: a,a,b,b,c,c
*Required internal rhyme scheme interplay between line #1 and line #2 (see below explanation and examples).

Meter: 10, 10, 8, 8, 10, 10

Repeats: This form requires a 2-syllable repeat in Lines #3 and #6 as specified below.

As in a musical notation, The Staccato poetry form uses short repeats which are abruptly disconnected elements. The repeat words are read as rapid-fire speech, such as staccato music when played or sung. This form lends itself to strong emotion or instruction (i.e. military poems: “Charge on! Charge on!” etc.), a declaration (such as of an event: “We’re married! We’re married!” etc.), an instruction or emphasis of human emotion (such as love, hate, longing: “Be mine! Be mine!” etc.), strong observation (such as “Those eyes! Those eyes!” etc.) or any similar situation where a strong staccato repeat is desired.

The emphatic two-syllable repeat in this poetry form is written twice, consecutively, at the beginning of Line #3 (each repeat in Line #3 is followed by an exclamation mark), and once again at the beginning of Line #6 (with or without an exclamation mark in Line #6). Please see below poem examples.

Also, Line #2 requires an internal rhyme scheme that rhymes with a word within Line #1, usually falling on the 6th syllable (see examples below), but can fall earlier in those two lines as long as the internal rhyme matches the syllabic stress in both lines (Example: see below poem: “A Soldier’s Wife” where in Stanza #2 an alternative internal rhyme falls in Lines #1 and #2 on the 4th and 5th syllables with the words ‘motions’ and ‘notions’).

For: http://www.octpowrimo.com/2020/10/octpowrimo-day-18.html, https://sundayphotofiction.com/2020/10/18/sunday-photo-fiction-oct-18-2020/, https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2020/10/01/october-writing-prompts-3/, https://sundaywhirl.wordpress.com/2020/10/17/wordle-477/


  1. kaykuala
    Stretch and bend! Stretch and bend!
    Talk for hours with my best friend
    Hands-on deck on the house and do puzzles

    How nice to be free and relaxed. Great staccato LadyLee. Seems a bit complicated but done very well. here


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