General Poetry posted February 7, 2018

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tetractys prompt entry (10-4-3-2-1)

A Sight to Behold

by Leineco

mosaic monarch appliqués gilding
evergreen trees,
one by



Tetractys writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt

Tetractys, a poetic form invented by Ray Stebbing, consists of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20).

Tetractys can also be reversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Only one verse allowed. You MAY use the reverse form.

Please, pay attention to punctuation and remember: This is poetry, use ALL of the poetic devices available to you. Don't just fill in the blanks. Make your piece read smoothly and clearly.

Example #1:

from you
your ego
your blaming me
i am a free spirit who has no past

Copyright © 2001 Terri Anthony

Example #2:

Rules the sky. . .
A rare chance for
Divine friends, sun and moon, to rub noses.

Copyright © 2005 Marie Summers

Author Notes

The monarch butterflies will spend their winter hibernation in Mexico
and some parts of Southern California where it is warm all year long.

If the monarch lives in the Eastern states, usually east of the Rocky
Mountains, it will migrate to Mexico and hibernate in oyamel fir trees.

If the monarch butterfly lives west of the Rocky Mountains, then it will
hibernate in and around Pacific Grove, California in eucalyptus trees.

Both oyamel firs and eucalyptus trees are classified as evergreens.

Worth pondering:

Monarch butterfly swarms use the very same trees each and every
year when they migrate, which seems odd because they aren't the
same butterflies that were there last year.

Each migrating swarm is made up of fourth generation monarchs.

gild (v)
1. to coat with gold, gold leaf, or a gold-colored substance
2. to give a bright, pleasing aspect to

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