Although JM usually tends to write rhyming verse, many of which are humourous, she is now starting to appreciate the different forms of poetry that there are with specific rules. These she has grouped together in what she has called “Proper Poetry”. JM has also tried to explain the different formats that she has used, for the reader’s understanding. There are a few sample excerpts below, and further reading in the category Poetry.


Snow 2013-01-18This Friday we have had some snow,
it absolutely tipped it down,
it covered up the entire town
and there was nowhere we could go.

They had to bring out the snow plough
to clear the roads where it had blown,
it just kept driving up and down,
but still the roads were full of snow.

Snow 2013-01-18The kids all had a day off though.
At least my neighbours didn’t frown,
when hit by snowballs kids had thrown,
or slithered on the ice below
where they trampled their virgin snow!


A Rondel Poem
1. Poem consists of 13 lines in 3 stanzas
2. Rhyme scheme: ABba/abBA/abbaA (uppercase letters are refrains)
3. Usually 8 syllables per line 

Haikus about Autumn Colour

Green leaves turn to gold,
from crimson to russet brown,
until they gently fall.


Rustling Autumn leaves,
turning a rich golden brown,
blow down on the wind.


Our Autumn pageant
embellishing our landscape
with flamboyant colour.


Vernal tapestry,
green, gold, crimson and russet
woven miracle.


Link to JM Autumn Colour Haiku on helium.com

Haiku – 3 phrases of 5,7,5 syllables to describe the subject

High Tide

(a Tyburn Poem)

Caressed by Sea’s lifting, sifting hands,
sleep the beaches’ drifting, shifting sands.

A Tyburn Poem = 6 rhyming lines of 2,2,2,2,9,9 syllables. First four lines rhyme, last two lines rhyme and contain the first four lines in 5th through 8th syllables. 

Too much Rain

(Trois-par-huit poem)

Now at last
the fear of drought has passed.
They can now cancel the hosepipe ban.

We can put away our brand new watering can,
and forget any idea of a summer tan.

It’s never going to stop, it’s plain,
each day we get again
too much rain!

Trois-par-Huit (Three-by-Eight) = 3 stanzas of 3/3/2 lines or 3/2/3 lines, total of 8 lines, syllable count 3/6/9/12/12/9/6/3, rhyming pattern AABBBCCC where the last line is the title and summarizes the meaning of the poem.


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