Whittled Words – Diminishing Verse Poem



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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:

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DIMINISHING VERSE POEM

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Diminishing verse offers no origin and very few rules, but I enjoyed writing my example below. In fact, the main rule is this: Remove the first letter of the end word in the previous line.

For example:

Line 1 ends with the word “grad”

And line 2 ends “rad”

Then, line 3 ends “ad”

Note: There are no rules for rhymes, syllables, poem length, stanza length, etc. Just a simple removal of a letter. That said, poets can also remove sounds if they wish like “braille” to “rail” to “ale.”

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Examples of Diminishing Verse Poems:

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(Untitled)

by Karen

 

Gorgeous blue eyes blink
Somehow two hearts link
Love letters written with disappearing ink

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IRISH UP, IRISH DOWN

By PressOn

Pat would often get into a spat,
but the spattee usually got the best of Pat.
Fighting wasn’t where his ken was at
but arguing? Ah, that fit him to a T.

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WAITING ROOM

By Tracy Davidson

I have enough on my plate
without the doctor running late,
I can’t remember when last I ate.

My unbalanced diet he’ll likely scold,
say it’s partly why I’m always cold,
that I’m not knackered yet, just getting old.

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CASTING MORE THAN QUIET STONES

By De Jackson

 

Free-falling loose like scattered stones,
we play the earth in unquiet tones.
Grounded, we’re the lucky ones.

While this stung starlight has its charms,
sorrow more than hurts; it harms.
We need a sky with open arms.

 

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THE TALE

By Brad Osborne

The yarns I had heard had become rather stale

But the Captain spoke of a wonderous tale

And would be obliged if I shared of my ale

Since the detail he gave was ever so sparse

And the truth of his words, so hard to parse

I thought he must be talking out of his arse

I slid him a tankard and as story crowed

He told of all the days for which he had rowed

In search of the maiden’s love that he was owed

I laughed so hard at his tale, I slightly shat

Offered more ale and a tip of my hat

Headed home, where my clean underwear were at

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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 Diminishing Verse poem. Thanks for reading!

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Comments
20 Responses to “Whittled Words – Diminishing Verse Poem”
  1. beth says:

    These are so fun – yours took it to the next level)

  2. These were so enjoyable to read, and I’m glad it created a bit of fun for you to write! Your piece made me smile!

  3. yassy says:

    I enjoyed this. I am tempted to do one of my own .. you are too good , Brad. Yours is awesome.

  4. kristianw84 says:

    These were so fun to read! Yours made me chuckle.

  5. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Sounds like a fun way to create, rhyme and communicate. Lovely my friend!

  6. I thought they were all so good that they left you no room to shine. Wow, was I wrong!

  7. Jim Borden says:

    I guess the key is coming up with a aword that can be parsed as the poem calls for. Very clever and creative, but what a potty mouth! 🙂

  8. petespringerauthor says:

    This style looks like so much fun.

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