Day 11 NaPoWriMo prompt was a doozy. It was to write a poem in Sapphics, which is attributed to Sappho. A poem in Sapphics is usually written in quatrains, where the first three lines have eleven syllables and the fourth has five. But, that just isn’t it. It follows a strict meter where the first three lines include two trochees (“a two-syllable foot, with the first syllable stressed, and the second unstressed”), then a dactyls (‘a three-syllable foot, with the first syllable stressed and the remainder unstressed’), followed with two trochees. “The fourth line is a dactyl, followed by a trohcee.” Does that have everyone’s head spinning? Mine did too.
Yesterday I did not get to a poem, but ended up writing 2 quatrains today. So I will claim for Day 11 and one for Day 12. But, though, I have a 11-11-11-5 syllables quatrain, I did not meticulously check the meter, as I a matter of fact, I am certain I have violated the stressed and unstressed syllables. I think I am meter challenged. Oh well.
In My Footstep
Cross-legged on rusted chair, flexing his old arthritic hands, reading the newspaper half- focused, half-worried if his wayward son will takeover his trade.
Day 12 is a companion piece to this.