Spring – New Form poetry for dVerse

Slowly it melts.  I wait for the snow
to go completely. I want growing
to start! Mowing the lawn…hoeing…aren’t
much fun, but knowing produce will be
ripe before long…OH…I can almost
taste a ripe tomato bursting with
flavour! Though I must wait, owing to
the frozen soil, I will keep coping,
hoping…soon I can plant the first row


earlier this month at dVerse, Gay Reiser Cannon asked us to come up with our own form poetry. I had posted a poem at the time, but then, I came up with another idea, but didn’t have time to write a poem in time to post it for the link, so I have saved this poem for open link night.

Notes on the form:

Name: I haven’t quite decided between “X-Factor” or “Cross-Purpose”

  • pick any odd number of 5 or greater (I recommend between 5 and 11). That number is the total number of syllables in each line AND the total number of lines in the poem
  • the poem should be non-metrical in feel
  • 1st and last syllables of 1st and last line rhyme
  • 2nd and 2nd last syllable of  2nd line and 2nd last line rhyme with the rhyming syllables of 1st and last line
  • as the poem progresses towards the middle, the rhymed syllable moves progressively inward until the middle line.  The middle line has only one of the rhyming syllable, directly in the middle of the line.
  • In other words, the rhyming syllables form an “X” in the structure.
  • NOTE: the rhyming syllable does NOT have to be the last syllable of any given word.  For example, one of my words in the above poem is “tomato” where I’ve used the first and last syllable of the word as the rhyming syllables (so yes, you CAN use the same syllable more than once if necessary)
  • The poem doesn’t necessarily have to be true (for example, I hate gardening)  🙂


13 thoughts on “Spring – New Form poetry for dVerse

  1. very cool form – and wow – so you still have snow…? you must be in desperate need for spring…and i too can’t wait until i feel the first ripe and sun-kissed tomato on my lips…

  2. The snow has melted here, but still a bit cold ~ The week is looking great though, so expecting warm breeze ~ Cool work on the form, smiles ~ Happy weekend ~

  3. This is a cool form! Although I’ve been stuck on metrical poetry, I may have to give your X poem a try. Fortunately, spring has planted her feet firmly in Kansas and I love gardening so your poem spoke to me on a more personal level. Well created, crafted and written.

  4. I always struggle with form, so forgive me for not commenting on that, but I really enjoyed the poem and know the feeling well. I’ve gone spring crazy and can’t stop taking pictures of buds bursting and the first frail flowers… *ah* Summer’s just around the corner in Sweden! Great write!

  5. Wow. This is well thought out and very clever. I was thinking in your middle line you could possibly use a palindrome…which I think would sort of work though it would be a mirror rhyme so maybe your idea of rhyming sounds on either end is best but this works – seems very free verse but the structure gives you echoes and focus. Excellent. I’m so glad I got to see it. Down the road perhaps I’ll have you host and we can use it as a prompt! What do you think?

  6. First, I think many of us have been waiting for the last signs of winter to give way to the budding spring.

    Second, very neat form. I picked up on the rhyme of the last syllable in the first line moving backwards line by line, but though I noted the similar end rhymes at the end it did not dawn on me that they too played a part in the form. very nicely done.

  7. Ah – I can understand the hoping. Not much of a gardener myself but I do love the rebirth, the budding of spring.
    Anna :o]

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