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 

Random Thoughts on a Muddy Stone – Oddquain Sequences – October 12, 2015


Wet Leaf

Random Thoughts on a Muddy Stone

on a rock
in the mud and grass
inviting odd mystic thoughts

he sits there
looking at a world
he no longer understands

sticky man
fawning and pawing
at all the pretty poets

the beauty of love
Narcissus lost in himself

around stones
sculptured by wet rain
– sodden but mystic beauty

© G.s.k. ‘15

An oddquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem with seventeen syllables in five lines: 1, 3, 5, 7, 1 created by Glenda L. Hand.   The oddquain may stand alone, or it may be combined / modified as follows:

Oddquain Sequences – a longer poem made of several oddquains;

Crown Oddquain – a series of five oddquains;

Reverse Oddquain – an oddquain with a reverse pattern of 1-7-5-3-1;

Oddquain Butterfly – a nine-line stanza with 1-3-5-7-1-7-5-3-1. For example:

Celebration (Butterfly Oddquain)

dances in
September’s swirl of
leaves, golden colors form her
of dazzling freedom, twirling
into the final
fall to earth’s

Glenda L. Hand (c) 2006

This interesting form was found on: B&P Shadorma and Beyond – The Oddquain – October 10, 2015