Writing Exercise - the minute poem

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

As some of you may be aware, I’m currently compiling an anthology of poetry, Coming Together: In Verse.  The call for submissions is listed here: http://ashleylisterauthor.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/call-for-submissions-coming-together-in.html

For those of you wanting to submit, but lacking inspiration or ideas, below you’ll find one of the poetry writing exercises I’ve previously shared on the blog for the Erotic Readers and Writers Association (http://erotica-readers.blogspot.co.uk). I'm going to try and share them here on a weekly basis until we reach the deadline date.


 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
eternity
but I want more

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

If you do want to submit to the current anthology, information can be found on: http://ashleylisterauthor.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/call-for-submissions-coming-together-in.html

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