End of Summer double septo
like a wasp in late August
circling a bin of regrets.
This poem is a double septo also known as a quatorze, it consists of two seven syllable lines. Sometimes, I find that the five syllable lines in a haiku create a flatness, a po-faced solemnity…wasp in late August…too much oracle not enough bounce. A seven syllable line allows room for rhythm.
Obviously, I made up the double septo bit. Recently I wrote a quadrille as part of a dVerse prompt and it got me thinking about arbitrary verse forms. A quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words, it doesn’t get more arbitrary than that.
I like your invention!
For me, that would have to be a large bin. Perhaps wasps regret being wasps. Enjoyed the words and the photo, Jim. I agree about Haikus/ I like your rhythm, I am keen on rhythm, especially samba. I haven’t read up on any of this, but I wonder whether the Japanese origin of Haiku, and the lack of stresses on syllables in Japanese as compared to English and other languages, is relevant.
Thanks Steve for your insightful comments on the haiku, the Japanese language and the emotional life of wasps. Samba on, samba on!
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My pleasure, Jim. I now realise there is a connection. One of my fave Braz songs is Circo Marimbondo = “Wasp Circus.” I can confidently say this means nothing.