Experimental Poetry Form: strumming fingers

Today’s experimental poetry form is called strumming fingers.

When a person strums their fingers, they might do it with a beat of:

1 pause 2 pause 1, 2, 3

The beat repeats as the person strums.

To translate this to an experimental poetry form, first, there is one line, followed by a line break, then another line, then another line break, then three lines with no breaks.  It looks as follows:

1
 
2
 
1
2
3

Since the form is based off a beat, the lines have a beat.  For this form, the lines are written in iambic tetrameter.

Since a person would repeat the beat when they strum their fingers, the form repeats three times.

Also the lines rhyme according to their numbers.  The 1 lines rhyme and the 2 lines rhyme in each section.

Here is what the form looks like with *s representing unstressed syllables, /s representing stressed syllables, and letters marking rhyming lines:

*/*/*/*/ A
 
*/*/*/*/ B
 
*/*/*/*/ A
*/*/*/*/ B
*/*/*/*/
 
 
*/*/*/*/ C
 
*/*/*/*/ D
 
*/*/*/*/ C
*/*/*/*/ D
*/*/*/*/
 
 
*/*/*/*/ E
 
*/*/*/*/ F
 
*/*/*/*/ E
*/*/*/*/ F
*/*/*/*/

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