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Saturday, April 11, 2015

NaPoWriMo Day #11

I get to write a Sapphic today! This should be interesting - I have no idea if this is right, but anyone who is familiar with this form... please let me know. This is what a Sapphic is:

I challenge you to get rather classically formal, and compose a poem in Sapphics. These are quatrains whose first three lines have eleven syllables, and the fourth, just five. There is also a very strict meter that alternates trochees (a two-syllable foot, with the first syllable stressed, and the second unstressed) and dactyls (a three-syllable foot, with the first syllable stressed and the remainder unstressed). The first three lines consist of two trochees, a dactyl, and two more trochees. The fourth line is a dactyl, followed by a trochee.
It may be easier to hear the meter than to think about it – try reading this poem in Sapphics aloud to yourself, and you’ll see what an oracular tone it produces – the stressed beginnings of the lines produce a feeling of importance, while the unstressed syllables of the trochees keep the pace measured. Rhyming is optional, and if you begin to bridle at the strict meter, feel free to loosen it up!
Happy writing!

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Through calm crystal blue waters swim Mallard ducks;
some say this is the most beautiful thing seen,
when yellow webbed feet come to the shoreline
begging for breadcrumbs,

they steal the breadcrumbs from many young and old hands,
everyone laughs, becoming one with nature
as the warm August Wisconsin sun shines down,
glitter from water

where swans, geese, otters, and wildlife float by.
Calm waters by the bench soothe me as I sit,
I take in the peaceful Wisconsin scenery
and ducks walk to me,

waddling for corn and bread, they take from my hand,
I smile and pose; I am one with the ducks--
as the sun sets along the lake on Bay Beach,
yellow and pink waves

illuminate the wooden, rickety bridge;
feeding the ducks the remaining breadcrumbs,
I exit the trails of Bay Beach for the bus--
goodnight Wisconsin!


  1. Very nice poem.
    Too complicated for me!
    Nice picture, too!

    1. Thank you! Who knows if I did it write, but I love the poem. :)

      This was from my first time in Green Bay. That's when I decided that someday I'd like to move there.