Tag Archives: syllabic poetry

To Name a Few

Oh, so many blessings

Got cash in my pocket

Photo in a locket

Grass to water

There’s a light in my fridge

Here’s a hammer and  nails

A park with walking trails

And licorice

©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben


Oh, you who have a dream

And imagination

Defy explanation

Of what you see

Others may look sideways

They do not understand

Cannot hold in their hands

What you’re thinking

But you just carry on

Seeing beyond the fringe

Happiness does not hinge

On approval

©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben


Silver grey comes the dawn

Satin pink ribbon clouds

Replacing night’s dark shroud

Mother Earth smiles

©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben

Do The Hustle

Colleen Chesbro invited us to create our own format this week – I chose to combine SHADORMA (26 syllables) with TANKA (31 syllables) to form a Heinz 57 or Shatanka

Heard about

Class being offered

Life lessons

For guidance

To help me be open to

Living my purpose

So, I plunged right in

For all of twenty-one days

Felt the excitement

From the very first moment

I knew I’d done the right thing

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben


Day 6 of the Wordcrafter Poetry Treasures Blog Tour Annette Rochelle Aben

 I’m Annette Rochelle Aben and writing has been my go-to for creative expression, emotional release, and a way to boost my GPA since I was a child. I am thrilled to be a part of Poetry Treasures.

 When I first started writing poetry, I never knew much about it, except to know that (to me) a good poem HAD to rhyme. Gee whiz, have I ever been schooled through connecting with other writers and poets here in the blogsphere. One of my favorite poetry styles is called SYLLABIC POETRY. And one of my favorite forms of said style is the ABHANGA. An ABHANGA is a 4-line poem in which the first 3 lines contain 6 syllables each and the last line has 4 syllables. Also, the 2nd and 3rd lines must rhyme with each other.

 Here is a poem I wrote titled: SUPER SISTER and it is inspired by a very timely event occurring in my sister’s life. As the older sister, I want to vanquish the bad guys and make her problem disappear, but ah…  please read on.

I wanted to step in

to prove I have her back

it’s not courage I lack

it’s not my fight

right now, she needs support

reminders of her strength

me to stay back some length

for she’s got this

For this poem, I wrote a DOUBLE ABHANGA, as I felt that the thought needed to be expanded. Sometimes we can love someone so much that we forget that love doesn’t mean smothering another’s flame. Unless she asks me to help her, to do so would be disrespectful.

 Thank you for sharing this SYLLABIC POETRY moment with me and I look forward to learning that you have obtained a copy (or two) of Poetry Treasures.

 Keep in touch, eh? https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com