Wake Up!

Splash1

Wake-up!

(12 Line Exhortation)

.

.

Wake up!

A wide world is out there to see,

Have some fun with your family.

Take a chance to hug any tree!

Get off your butt!

Out of the rut!

Don’t become a depressing fool,

Go find an adventure that’s cool,

Maybe, take a dip in the pool.

Freezing splatter

Doesn’t matter!

Wake up!

.

Author Notes Do something!


This poem is a 12 Line Exhortation. I researched poetry types with 12 Lines to see what they are called. I found a group of poems called 12 Lines. But they are basically unstructured. I wanted some specific structure. I wanted a poem with 3 consecutive lines of rhyme, that played off 8/4/2 syllable counts and was positive in spirit. So I created this format and called it 12 Line Exhortation. I don’t think this format previously exists, as far as I know. Let me know if otherwise. Here are the rules. A 12 Line Exhortation is a poem with 12 lines, starting and ending with a 2 syllable line that caries an exhortation, like; Get up!, Move on! Go jump! The whole syllable structure is; 2/8/8/8/4/4/8/8/8/4/4/2. There is also a fixed rhyme scheme of: AbbbaacccddA, where the capital letters are repeated lines.


I took this photograph at Como Town in St. Paul, Minnesota in July 2012 on a day it was over 100 degrees and 90% humidity.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Synergy of Poetry and Verse. Author, Poet, Photographer

%d bloggers like this: