OctPoWriMo Day 13 – Decuain – October 13, 2015

Rorschach Ink Stain

Rorschach Ink Stain

The steps were wet after the morning rain
As we tried to capture a spider’s web.
The light wasn’t right so we shot in vain
Like flies we’d been captured by that cobweb,
So soon our morale was at a low ebb.
We looked around for something to capture
Discarding all hopes for that spider’s web
We looked down and we both sighed in rapture
A splash of colour, a Rorschach ink stain
A leaf on the steps – wet, red and arcane.

© G.s.k. ‘15

This was rather a difficult form to write … but Elliot rightly said: “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

The Decuain (pronounced deck won), is 10 line (Decastich) form created by Shelley A. Cephas, and can be used for any subject.

The convention is iambic pentameter, and there are 3 choices of rhyme schemes

a b a bb c b c a a
a b a bb c b c b b
a b a bb c b c c c 

36 thoughts on “OctPoWriMo Day 13 – Decuain – October 13, 2015

  1. I love the beat to this and the image you painted is so serene, cara. I was going to try this but may not…it’s getting late and I want to finish one more poem tonight.


    • Thanks .. makes me feel very good to read this – I rarely if ever follow the cues, in fact I usually write before they even come up, living as I do in Europe!


    • Thanks Vivi … I know what a metre fan you are … so I’m happy you think this is a good example … the thing about iambs is I’m never sure if I’ve got the right unstressed – stressed sequence … so as you say, I try to follow the beat and hope for the best.

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  2. BRAVA! You did beautiful with this form. Looking forward to any others you may dabble with this month. “A leaf on the steps – wet, red and arcane.” LOVE this line!


    • Thanks Grace .. I fell in love with this photo as I was shooting is .. for indeed this was a true story 🙂 II love these events because they give me the push I need to work out with the more complex forms of poetry .. I usually write haiku and waka.

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  3. You really ran with this … I appreciate how difficult the form can be, and it doesn’t feel forced at all. Very well written. Forget the spider web … the leaf’s a great find 😀


  4. Good to see this beautiful poem, well matched to photo, both inspiring, especially as we are in the midst of October and the leaves continue to fall — and I think as it gets colder, those spiders come into the house.


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