Whittled Words – Descort Poem



Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:




The descort differentiates itself from other forms by differentiating its lines from other lines within the poem. That is, the main rule of descort poems is that each line needs to be different from every other line in the poem. An undeniable twist from the norm.

A descort poem has different line lengths, meters, avoids rhyming with other lines, no refrains, and that goes for stanzas as well. In other words, no two lines in a descort should look like each other, and the same could be said for each descort.

Note: This is different than free verse, because even free verse may occasionally have similar line lengths and meter. However, descort is very intentional in its variability.



Examples of Descort Poems:



by Tracy Davidson


A flash of conscience.
My son up-ends a jam jar to free the tadpoles.
Grandpa takes a midday nap.

My mom sees monsters in the shadows.

That stink of stale cigar…
How I’m reminded of why I left in the first place.



By Taylor Graham

How to make music of a burl.
This is an art gallery, don’t even think of music.
She found it in the land of ripe apples.
The Pony Express shook its roots, riding through.
Vibrations can travel all the way up
the trunk and flutter the leaves.
Remember when we got lost in the depths of canyon.
Big-leaf maple green-golden against dark.
Nature makes its own patchwork and swirls its designs.
You’re mixing genres again.
I was speaking of music, no, of art,
this is a muddle.
This is the picture of your mind that sings.




By Brad Osborne

Leach copper across sky like fluid rust

Rest earned

Fade to twilight


Renew your strength and my own

But tarry no more than you be due

Come back soon

When day is new again

To beam your smile across my face

And rule the heavens



I hope you have enjoyed this entry to the series, Whittled Words. I look forward to your comments, and if you dare, maybe share your own Descort poem. Thanks for reading!




3 Responses to “Whittled Words – Descort Poem”
  1. Jim Borden says:

    even though there are no “rules”, this seems like a tough type of poem to create. almost seems like a stream of consciousness type of literature.

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