I went last night to a poetry reading, and there I learned of a new form of poetry called 100 friends. 100 friends is a 15 line form of poetry with lines of poetry determined by syllables as follows: 2,4,2,4,6,4,6,8,6,8,10,8,10,12,10.
Being the tinkerer I am, I've adapted the form to 108 syllables and call it the Sangha form. It's similar to the 100 friends form, but with an added coda of 3 lines totaling only 8 syllables, for a total of 18 lines and 108 syllables. Nice, huh? The coda's lines have syllabic counts of 4,2,2.
So the Sangha form has 18 lines with syllabic counts as follows: 2,4,2,4,6,4,6,8,6,8,10,8,10,12,10,4,2,2.
Here's my first Sangha form poem. It's about seeing Venus by daylight. I'm pleased with the result:
Not on Television
January 9, 2009
In Day-blue sky
Between the sun and moon
For fifty-seven years
I’ve not known the sun and the moon
Have company up there
Overhead in the daytime sky.
No person showed me when or where to look;
I learned how on the Internet,
Glad to find something significant there.
It felt like discovering a parent’s affair—
Knowledge ancients kept and shared, ‘ere