light, Zeno



Tis the season to be shopping
at the mall to
find the
clicking online
fill the
either way ex-

© 2011 by Violet Nesdoly

Here is my today’s poem for my personal poem-a-day challenge for November. I haven’t quite kept up, I’m afraid, with poems missing for a few days. Maybe I’ll have time to fill them in before the end of the month…maybe not.

At any rate I’ve had a lot of fun doing these. For ideas I’ve gone to web sites and my files for writing prompts and tried new things. This, for example, is a zeno. What’s a zeno, you ask?

It’s a form invented by J. Patrick Lewis, (the 2011 U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate). I first found it described on a poetry stretch prompt on Miss Rumphius Effect‘s blog:

“I call the form a “zeno,” so named for Zeno, the philosopher of paradoxes, especially the dichotomy paradox, according to which getting anywhere involves first getting half way there and then again halfway there, and so on ad infinitum. I’m dividing each line in half of the previous one. Here’s my description of a zeno:

A 10-line verse form with a repeating syllable count of 8,4,2,1,4,2,1,4,2,1. The rhyme scheme is abcdefdghd.”(Read entire post which includes several examples  of zenos written by Patrick Lewis.)

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