Sunday, March 14, 2010
an Etheree Poem
Something about trees
How they listened, calmly
To our grudging bitterness
Listened, absorbed, and drank it down
Grounded it root-deep in the earth so
We could hear the leaves sing, the hawks, the geese.
Consisting of ten lines, the Etheree poem starts with a one syllable line, then adds one syllable per line, until the last line of ten syllables for an overall syllable count of 55. In other words the syllabic structure is as follows: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10. It’s an uncomplicated, unpretentious form of poetry that has the quality of slowly opening, like a flower.
For a fuller discussion of Etheree poetry, visit Shaping Words.