Etheree

The etheree is a 10-line verse form that was named for its creator, Etheree Taylor Armstrong. Each line follows a syllable count that matches the line number. (The form can be written in reverse, or consist of multiple stanzas provided the form alternates with each successive stanza.) Rhyme and meter do not matter.

The Etheree

A
Form of
Poetry
That's ten lines long
Adds one syllable
As each line progresses
Until the last line is reached.
Or, the order may be reversed,
And extra stanzas may be added
By reversing the order between each.

Classical Etheree

A Saturnalian Etheree

Once
Again
It is the
Festival called
Saturnalia:
A topsy-turvy time
When wagering is legal,
When slave and master switch around.
Sadly, the cries of "Io!" do not last....
But, come next year, Rome will resound once more
When chill December rolls around again.
Enjoy the merriment today while
Social strictures don't restrain you.
Play along with Princeps' pranks
And wear the pilleus.
Time passes quickly,
So relish when
Once again
We shout
"Io!"

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