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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Writing Exercise - the Rictameter

 by Ashley Lister

 One of the pleasures of the rictameter is that there is no need for rhyme: it relies on a strict adherence to syllable count. (Well, as strict as syllable counts can be given our different regional pronunciations).

I know we looked at this form back in August last year, but it's never too soon to revisit a quality form of poetry.

The Rictameter starts off with a two syllable line, moves up to a four syllable, and then a six and an eight and a ten syllable line, before going on to an eight syllable line, followed by a six, a four and a two syllable closure. The final line is a repeat of the first line, so it helps if it’s something punchy and memorable.

mouth, lips and tongue
ready to devour
yet bestowing so much pleasure
sucking, slurping, spitting or swallowing 
an overwhelm of sensation
that ends in liquid rush
and wanting more

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



  1. 14 February 2016

    Valentine (Rictameter)
    By Lisabet Sarai

    kneeling, falling
    into another world
    where I await your pleasure, sweet
    surrender my love offering to you.
    With whips and kisses you assert
    your claim, with voice alone
    own me, strip me

  2. Lisabet

    Wonderful as always. The narrative in this one keeps the pace moving and content is so jammed with erotic detail it works very well.

    What a lovely way to start Valentine's Day.



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