Topical Five Line No-Rhyme Time: Disciplined

Hello, and welcome to a quiet Wednesday.

Well, it’s quiet overall in the world but it is a bit grim outside at home now. Here, it is a stormy, wet and windy Wednesday morning, grey of murky cloud and acutely angled of rain.

For something to do while under Lockdown v3.0 this morning, I thought I’d revisit my Topical Five Line No-Rhyme Time format, but this time add a twist which would provide me with something slightly more challenging to do than my previous Topical Five Line No-Rhyme Time posts have so far been.

Generally, I have attempted to stick to a self-imposed format of words on each line, roughly 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, but I had a short think–don’t want to strain myself with a long think–about some of the variations I might try. A really challenging one would be doing six line verses but, in the end, I thought that would be too hard to fit into the Topical Five Line No-Rhyme Time format, even for me, so I discounted that one.

What I finally decided was to try out doing them in a syllable specific form, i.e. officially a Cinquain of the type popularised by Crapsey.

Which is both an ideal length for a Topical Five Line No-Rhyme Time post and quite apt.

a five line verse
syllable discipline
two, four, six, eight, two, in order
hard… er

although possibly some
odd thunderbolts in Florida
one hopes

of course he has
used with maximum glee
enduring mark of a small man
bye bye

on plague island
one hundred thousand deaths
approaches with sovereignty
die British

(Yes, I am aware that last line is three syllables, not two, but it was too good a reference–based on the old ‘Buy British’ campaigns every time we were up an economic shit creek in the 1960’s and 1980’s–to worry about absolute syllable accuracy)

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7 thoughts on “Topical Five Line No-Rhyme Time: Disciplined

  1. It is going to be so weird having an actual public servant in office again. What a miserable, mixed-up country to manage; I wish him luck.


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