(Mixed Poetry Styles)
Watched these shadows fly
Past windowpane they went by
Black with two bright heads
Peck for feed
On family fence, these creatures alight,
Big birds with colors black and white.
Crested head shows blazing red,
And pointed beak to dread.
In this neighborhood,
Tearing up wood,
Long pointed beak
Gets hard wood bark bested
With a sharp jackhammer head tweak.
Gains instant access toward insects they seek.
Hope to keep them away from my house, fence, or shed
Once there on my roof, it could spring a leak.
Best they stay on trees by the creek,
Where they all once nested.
With skilled technique,
Woodpeckers that go whence
These two Pileated Woodpeckers landed on the fence in my backyard. I’m happy they didn’t start chewing up my cedar fence. They are the largest woodpeckers in North America. It was great to see them and catch a picture, but I’m glad they didn’t stay long. They belong in the forest.
For this poem, I used several styles of poetry.
I started with 5-7-5 followed by 3-5-3. Then I went to a Nonet, followed by a Diatelle. I closed with a 1-6-1 style.
The 5-7-5, 3-5-3, and 1-6-1 Poems are all driven by the named syllable count.
A Nonet is a nine line poem. The first line containing nine syllables, the next line has eight syllables, the next line has seven syllables. That continues until the last line (the ninth line) which has one syllable. Nonets can be written about any subject. Rhyming is optional. A perfect Nonet is centered and the structure forms a nice V shape. If right justified, it should make a nice inverted staircase.
A diatelle has a set syllable count and a set rhyme.
The syllable count is: 1-2-3-4-6-8-10-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1,
The rhyme patter is: abbcbccaccbcbba.
It is usually displayed centered to make a diamond shaped structure.
This picture was a photograph taken by the author.