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Friday, December 6, 2013

Writing Exercise - The Minute Poem

 by Ashley Lister

 The Minute Poem is a form that follows an 8, 4, 4, 4 syllable count structure. It usually has 3 stanzas that are exactly the same: 8, 4, 4, 4;  8, 4, 4, 4;  8, 4 , 4, 4 syllables.
A traditional Minute Poem has 12 lines in total. It is written in a strict iambic meter. The rhyme scheme is as follows: aabb, ccdd, eeff.
In this traditional example I’ve included both the rhyme scheme (aabb, ccdd, eeff) and the syllable count (8,4,4,4 for each stanza).

You come to me in saucy mood
You’re feeling rude
You want my dick
You want it quick

At first we cuddle, then we kiss
It feels like bliss
Our passions soar
We both want more

It’s all over too fast for you
What can I do?
Speed’s in my plan:
the minute man

Alternatively, there’s also a non-traditional minute poem. This adaptation doesn’t have to rhyme but it should follow the established syllable count.

Our naked bodies give shared warmth
they entertain
arouse, inspire
and so much more

We’ve been together for so long
It feels just like
but I want more

As long as our shared pleasures please
I’ll always try
to be with you
and give you more

As always, I look forward to seeing your poems in the comments box below. 


  1. I really like the minute poem... the words feel so sensual...

  2. Lusty - I love working with syllabic forms because they get us to focus on a different aspect to the words we use other than their meaning. I look forward to seeing any minute poems you chose to share here :-)


  3. Lubrication

    you make the bedsprings creak and groan
    I start to moan
    with you inside
    my legs astride

    your hips again this midnight hour.
    Still you devour
    my moans and pleas;
    you're such a tease

    to keep me wanting more and more
    now three, now four
    and finally
    your me.

  4. I could have sworn I commented on this one the other day. It's a great piece of writing, it makes the form work. And that final line is just a perfect delivery.

    Excellent writing. My apologies for not checking to see if my response had been posted here.


  5. Well.... let's try this again. ; ) I couldn't get the rhyme scheme included. It was just too much for any natural sounding language I could come up with at 6am on a Sunday morning. I do put sooo much thought sometimes into these things. Thanks for the suggestions, Ashley. I've never worked this form before.

    You show yourself a braver man
    than others come
    before. You dare
    my fearsome bed

    in knowledge, sparing me the chore
    of ridding you
    your innocence.
    Your beauty makes

    my mouth water, my cock begin
    to leap. I want
    your fingers up
    my ass. Stroke me.

  6. Nettie - thank you.

    The syllable count is spot on and makes this piece work. The enjambment lends itself to pausing through each line, accentuating surprising parts of the text and giving the whole thing a delightful and unexpected flow.

    Good to see where your thoughts lie at 6:00am on a Sunday morning.


  7. Lovely, Nettie. The enjambment really makes it flow.

  8. Thank y'all. I'm glad no eyeball injuries were reported.


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