(A Minute Poem)
At Como Conservatory
Within and out
Surrounding parkland greets the eye
Brings forth a sigh
Lets spirits soar
A tiny taste of what’s inside
Where treasures hide
Where colors rule
The Como Park Conservatory, named after Marjorie McNeeley, is a true gem of St. Paul. The grounds around it contain several lovely garden spots. I took this photograph from across the street. Around it are some floating gardens. Inside are several beautiful rooms of ferns and flowers that include fountains and sunken gardens.
This poem is a Minute Poem.
The Minute Poem is a poem that follows the “8,4,4,4” syllable count structure. It usually has 3 stanzas that are exactly the same. So: 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4 syllables. A traditional Minute Poem has 12 lines total. It has 60 syllables (Thus, the Minute).
It is written in a strict iambic meter. I couldn’t quite get it there. This one is tetrameter on the 8 count lines. The usual rhyme scheme is as follows: aabb, ccdd, eeff.
The picture was taken by the author himself.