The many ways
Clutters our collective mindscape
With useless garbage: Hollywood affairs
Sports scandals, Reality shows
All make our hearts
A rictameter is a nine-line, fifty-syllable form of poetry.
The syllable count in a rictameter adheres strictly to the following pattern: 2-4-6-8-10-8-6-4-2.
Ideally, the first and the final two-syllable lines mirror each other. But their meaning and their feeling can (should?) be altered by what lies between them. With only 50 syllables to work with, rictameter poems are considerably more spacious than Tankas, but they're still pretty brief. Any subject may be taken up in this form of poetry.