RICTAMETER

A rictameter is a nine line poetry form. The 1st and last lines are the same with the syllable count as follows:

  • line 1 - 2 syllables - same as line 9
  • line 2 - 4 syllables
  • line 3 - 6 syllables
  • line 4 - 8 syllables
  • line 5 - 10 syllables
  • line 6 - 8 syllables
  • line 7 - 6 syllables
  • line 8 - 4 syllables
  • line 9 - 2 syllables - same as line 1



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    Empathy

    Feelings
    in teenage girls
    change like the weather in
    Melbourne, one minute it's raining
    then it's hailing, half an hour after that
    it's warm and sunny, so intense.
    I was a teenager once
    and recall those
    feelings.


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    Alone

    Alone,
    watching the tides
    ebb and flow pass me by,
    I ask myself why I stay here.
    Looking past the sparkle and glitter to
    reality, the harsh truth is
    I don't have any friends.
    I'll always be
    alone.


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    Come Back

    Come back
    I'm calling you
    I know you can hear me
    It's so painful to be ignored
    One day you'll call and no-one will listen
    Then you will know what it is like
    Why don't you answer me
    I need your help
    Come back



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    Laughing

    Laughing
    Smiling faces
    Beaming with happiness
    Give pleasure to our aging souls.
    They warm the heart and bring back memories
    Of happy days and carefree youth.
    The world was at our feet.
    I remember
    Laughing



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    Cherish Your Teenager

    Lacking
    peace and quiet,
    my house is not my own.
    With open doors and loud music
    it's become a teenage drop-in centre.
    The school vacation is too long.
    Or is it? Without them
    something would be
    lacking.




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    Washing

    Washing...
    There is so much!
    Put it on... Take it off...
    And then I have to iron it.
    How can anyone have so many clothes?
    Praise the lord for washing machines.
    Wish it was wrinkle free...
    I never stop,
    Washing...



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    Pharlap

    Pharlap,
    greatest racehorse
    ever, was cut short in
    his prime. Out of fifty-one starts
    he won thirty-seven races. His large
    heart was the biggest ever seen.
    Our nation cried the day
    someone poisoned
    Pharlap.