How to Write an Etheree Poem

What is an Etheree Poem?

I’m adding another poetry form to Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge starting September 25th, 2018. It’s called an Etheree Poem.

The lovely Hélène Vaillant from Willow Poetry has been creating a poetry form that I had never seen before. Take a look at her poem HERE.

I researched the form and here is what I learned:

The Etheree poem consists of ten lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The trick is to create a memorable message within the required format.

Poets can get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but the idea is to follow suit with an inverted syllable count.

Reversed Etheree Syllable Count: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Double Etheree Syllable Count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Do itREAD: The History and Explanation of the Etheree Poetry Style

The Poetscollective.com shares:

“The Etheree is a little-known poetry format, consisting of ten lines with graduated syllables. It was created over twenty years ago by an Arkansas poet named Etheree Taylor Armstrong.
The first line is a monosyllabic word; the second line has two syllables, and so on, until the tenth line with, ultimately, ten syllables. The form and outline of your poem should look like the following diagram where X=a syllable:
X
XX
XXX
XXXX
XXXXX
XXXXXX
XXXXXXX
XXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXX

 

A poem of 10 lines

Syllabic: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10

Unrhymed and No Meter.”

Here is my example of an Etheree Poem:

 

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“Slip Into Mabon”

Slip
into
Mabon and
celebrate the
rituals of the
season by sharing food,
counting one’s hidden blessings,
honoring the mother goddess,
filled with an endeavor to succeed
by remembering our ancestor’s truth.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

fall I LOVE Autumn! Have fun writing this new poetry form called the Etheree. ❤