Poetry Friday: “Jack’s Lament”

poetryfridaybutton-fulllI admit it, I’ve been on a zeno binge.

The zeno is a new poetic form created by former U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, and if you have not heard about it, you can find all the details about how it was created at poet/author Michelle H. Barnes’ blog – in fact, she’s hosting Poetry Friday today!

You can see the zeno I wrote for last week’s Poetry Friday post HERE. As for today’s offering…

Jacks Lament (image)
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16 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “Jack’s Lament”

  1. Matt, I see you had fun with your Halloween zeno. I enjoyed Jack’s Lament. The photo got me in the mood. I also played with a pumpkin photo turned into a graphic with a five-word ditty. I am looking forward to seeing how you “find fall” this season.


    1. Thank you! It’s easier if you break it down a bit: the 1st line is 4 beats / 4 beats, then 4/2/1 from there…which is not too dissimilar to iambic (or in this case, trochaic) tetrameter.


    1. Yes! Someone picked up on that! Ha, thanks for noticing, Laura – I initially wasn’t going to write that line quite that way, but then thought the internal rhyme might work. Glad you thought so!


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