10-line Poem Challenge #26: Miniature


10-line Poem Challenge #26: Miniature

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Fairy Tale Book

late one Sunday in turmoil
while Reading a book
adventures in a dark cave
lions sleeping by
teddy sitting up listening
when a slight touch, woke me
thinking it was the lion
startling me to jump up
it was mother waking me
oh, I was only dreaming

Miniature is:

  • A decastich (10-line poem) written in one single stanza.
  • Syllabic pattern: 7-5-7-5-7-6-7-6-7-7
  • Rhythm: dactylic (one stressed syllable followed by one unstressed syllable, i.e. AM-ber)
  • Lines 6 and 8 have feminine endings. Incidentally, these are the only two lines with an even number of syllables (6).
  • All the other lines begin and end on stressed syllables.
  • Rhyme scheme: xaxaxbxbcc, where x means there is no rhyme
  • Internal rhyme: The 5th syllable of line 1 must rhyme with the 1st syllable of line 2.


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