• Announcements

    • tonyv

      Registration -- to join PMO   03/14/2017

      Automatic registration has been disabled. If you would like to join the Poetry Magnum Opus online community, use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of this page.
    • tonyv

      IMPORTANT: re Logging In to PMO ***Attention Members***   03/15/2017

      For security purposes, please use your email address when logging in to the site. This will prevent your account from being locked when malicious users try to log in to your account using your publicly visible display name. If you are unable to log in, use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

1 post in this topic

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 Minute Poem is:

  • narrative poetry.
  • a 12 line poem made up of 3 quatrains.
  • syllabic, L1 8 syllables and L2-L4 4 syllables each.
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme of aabb ccdd eeff.
  • description of a finished event (preferably something done is 60 seconds).
  • 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

    appear as dots

    little black spots

    One staggers beneath weight of crumb

    like drucken bum

    it rights itself

    crawls down the shelf

    Mission stamped into DNA

    with life will pay

    to feed the queen

    whom no one's seen.



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0