Loop Poetry

Loop Poetry

Here’s a new form offered from Poetic Bloomings. Thanks to Marie Elena and Walt for showcasing it. I don’t hear a poetic ring to it, but I tried to loop it in several ways to form the complete circle. Here are the rules via Poetic Bloomings:

“There are no restrictions on the number of stanzas, nor on the syllable count per line. In each stanza, the last word of the first line becomes the first word of line two. The last word of line 2 becomes the first word of line 3. The last word of line 3 becomes the first word of line 4. Rhyme scheme: abcb.

Variations:

1. Exactly as above, but no rhyming.

2. One long stanza (no limit on number of lines). Last word/first word format maintained. No rhyming.

3. Couplets mixed with 4-line stanzas. Last word/first word format maintained in stanzas, and may also be used in couplets if desired. Rhyme scheme: ab, cc, defg, hh, ii, jklm, nn, oo.

Loop Poetry form attributed to Hellon.”

 “Daily Prayer”

It bakes from the inside,
inside the center of reason,

Reason beating a moist fleece toward heaven,
heaven-gazer, heavy with bitter leaven,

leaven warming loaves of doubt,
doubt-fatigue doubling,
doubling prayers,
Prayers dusting.

Dusting over all our need,
Need for daily bread, we plead.

Plead for thy will,
Will to still,

Still the heaving leaven;
leaven of distrust toward heaven.
Heaven-gazed for daily bread.
Bread of Life; Your grace be shed.

(photo:stock.xchng-lioneltitu)

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