Poetic Form of the Week – Memento


This Week’s Poetic Form is Memento! This is an invented Poetry Form.

Memento, created by Emily Romano is a poem about a holiday or an anniversary, consisting of two stanzas as follows: the syllable count should be 8 beats for line one; 6 beats for line two; and two beats for line three. This is repeated twice for each stanza. The rhyme scheme is: a/b/c/a/b/c for each of the two stanzas.


Example #1:
Sky Flowers

Circumference unlimited
As flowers in the sky
We stand in awe, inhibited,
As bright explosives fly
From land.

July wears flowers in the sky
Spreading above the town
In flight;
We stand in awe, ready to cry
Aloud as they resound
This night.

Copyright © 2007 Emily Romano

Example #2:
Gardening The Rose*

Experiences that expose
the lessons for our souls
as petals falling from the rose,
each symbolizing goals
to gain.

Each petal is a memory
for ev'ry gift that's earned
and each new rose is yet to be
a jewel that is learned
and true.

*Commemorating the Holiday of Roses

Copyright © 2007 Jan Turner

Content Credits: ShadowPoetry.com

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