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Friday, October 24, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 24: Dance to Life (Tetractys)

Word Prompts: Dance, Fashion, Make-up, Tattoos

Poetry Form: Tetractys - Tetractys consists of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20). Tetractys can be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count.
Tetractys can also be reversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1.  Check out Shadow Poetry for more poetry forms and other writer resources.

I have tried a Triple Tetractys - 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 10

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Dance to Life

It is
What we do.
Life of Movement--
Motion is the sign that we are alive,
Waltzing to the pulse of the universe.
With our breaths we
are extant.
what we
always are.
We are dancing
To the very intricate dance of life.


  1. I enjoyed reading your poem. And I love that it's centered, thus creating a (perhaps) unintentional shape. I can almost see the form of a couple in the midst of waltz you wrote about outlined by the shape of your poem...

    1. I don't normally try for shapes in my poem, but this one worked out well. Glad you liked it,

  2. This is fantastic, Cindy. I love the message.

  3. I love the last line, thanks for a beautiful poem!

  4. okay, it's very cool and very pretty (visually) but I got so hung up on the fact that I cannot pronounce Tetractys, that I couldn't read it properly. Poetry needs simpler names!

    1. I just call it tetra poem. And yes, the poem names should be simpler :-)

  5. Love the poem, and the form is very interesting too! Great work, Cindy!!!


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