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The Minute Poem

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Explore the Craft of Writing
Light Verse

The Minute Poem is a 60 syllable verse form, one syllable for each second in a minute. The theme should be an event that is over and done completely, as in a minute. Since the dominant line is short the effect is likely humorous, whimsical or semi-serious. It was created by Verna Lee Hinegardner, once poet laureate of Arkansas.

The elements of the Minute Poem are:

  1. narrative poetry.
  2. a 12 line poem made up of 3 quatrains.
  3. syllabic, 8-4-4-4-8-4-4-4-8-4-4-4
  4. rhymed, rhyme scheme of aabb ccdd eeff.
  5. description of a finished event (preferably something done is 60 seconds).
  6. is best suited to light verse, likely humorous, whimsical or semi serious.

    by Judi Van Gorder

    Heaven's Hues

    Above the hills. clouds floated by                 
    to prink the sky
    with heaven's mist.
    The angels kissed
    the pale wash of lavender, pink
    and slate. Light sinks
    below tree tops,
    horizons' props.
    It plays the sunset's rhapsody
    in harmony
    with soft refrain
    to stay the rain.
    Mission For the Queen

    Quickly the tiny ants skitter
    pesky critters
    from afar just dots
    little black spots
    One staggers with weight of a crumb           
    like a drunken bum
    it rights itself
    crawls down the shelf
    Mission stamped into DNA
    its life, the pay
    to feed the queen
    whom no one's seen.
    Timer Set on Pop

    A steady mechanical whir
    A snapping pop
    crackle won't stop
    Paper container explosion
    an artful fusion
    Addicting bite
    crunchy delight
    Popping corn in the microwave
    the taste I crave
    the butter rich
    kernels bewitch.

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