Experimental Poetry Form: Bird’s Nest

This experimental poetry form is based off of a bird’s nest:  it is tangled, but it fits together.  There is a photograph and an artwork of a bird’s nest as part of set twenty two on MSakran.com.

The tangled part of this form are the lines of different syllable counts.  There are:

  • 3 lines with 8 syllables each
  • 2 lines with 6 syllables each
  • 1 line with 5 syllables
  • 1 line with 4 syllables
  • 4 lines with 2 syllables each

The lines are in the order below:

8 syllable line
4 syllable line
2 syllable line
5 syllable line
2 syllable line
8 syllable line
6 syllable line
2 syllable line
6 syllable line
8 syllable line
2 syllable line

The lines have no meter.

The fitting together part of the form is that all the lines rhyme.  This means that 11 rhymes need to be thought of.  Because of this high number, after the first line, the last word of the line should be checked to see if there are ten words that rhyme with it.

Here is a poem written in the form:

Driving along an unknown way,
during mid-May,
one day,
past fields of cut hay,
with Ray,
   or was it instead that guy Jay?
   Someone who knows might say.
Say hey,
there was this small blue jay,
out where all that cut hay just lay,
said Fay.

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