NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 19

Ae Freslighe

In this poem we measure
precise feet and follow rhyme
done right it could be treasure
sample written in no time

Odd lines three will prevail climb
last line we need to spin, miss
back to our first female rhyme
even lines have two in this

NaPoWriMo Prompt – Many years ago, “didactic” poetry was very common – in other words, poetry that explicitly sought to instruct the reader in some kind of skill or knowledge, whether moral, philosophical, or practical. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write the latter kind of “how to” poem – a didactic poem that focuses on a practical skill. Hopefully, you’ll be able to weave the concrete details of the action into a compelling verse. Also, your “practical” skill could be somewhat mythological, imaginary, or funny, like “How to Capture a Mermaid” or “How to Get Your Teenager to Take Out the Garbage When He Is Supposed To.” Happy writing!

I hope this Ars Poetica on how to write an Ae Freslighe doesn’t stink too badly and can be followed. Here is the website I used to remember how to construct this form. I thought of using it as my first Ae Freslighe used the word didactic for its three syllable rhyme. As you can see in the poem above, I kept the syllable rhymes correct, but I did not start the poem with a two syllable word nor did I end the odd lines with three syllable words. I think the rhyming still works though.


NaPoWriMo Day Twenty-two – Ae Freslighe

Fourth Quarter Blues


School days often zip by fast
Report cards a student’s woe
Fourth quarter will whip my class
Who has time to lament so?


April we are taught to rhyme
Writing poetry in verse
My attempt is thought no crime
Could this poem have been worse?


With only one verse to go
The teacher hands out cool praise
Causing some to curse blue though
Perhaps there are good school days?


NaPoWriMo Prompt – And now for our (optional) prompt! Today, I challenge you to write a poem for children. This could be in the style of a nursery rhyme, or take a cue from Edward Lear or Shel Silverstein. It could rhyme — or not. It could be short — or not. Happy writing!

Summer Vacation is only a month away!  Rachael’s last day of school is May 16th! Gretchen’s is the 23rd! We are in the fourth quarter blues – WAY TOO MANY projects due.  Good grief someone turn off my rhyme!  This is an old poem I reworked to fit the end of the school year and napowrimo.  I hope there are English teachers out there teaching poetry this month.


On another note, I have sweet chocolate truffles to reward me for all my April rhyming.  Thanks to @tspoetry I won Hebert Candies and they are YUMMY.  Check out Love, Etc. over on the tspoetry website.

NaPoWriMo Ae Freslighe

Rachael reaches climatic
feats figuring and teaches
her class concise didactic
math measures Rachael reaches

April 24,2013 the last poem I was able to share before gather went down last year. My oldest daughter, Rachael, doesn’t get birthday poems.  Her birthday is in May.  I’m usually still decompressing from all the poetry writing in April.  However, she is still fair game for poetry fodder in April.  This poem was written because she came home and told me how her math class said she was an excellent teacher.  Yesterday she came home excited again; she got the highest score on the school’s benchmark test in math. 😀

Way to go, Rachael!  She is doing so well in school, they will be paying for her to take 4 courses at the college both semesters her junior year.  She really wants to graduate high school with her AS degree.  It looks like this may be a possibility.  The prompt for the poem last year was to write an Ae Freslighe and to include a body part.  I submitted the above version, explaining the brain was the body part.  But later I thought it might be fun to play with the homophone.  After all it is math and you measure feet in math class.

Rachael reaches climatic
feets figuring and teaches
her class concise didactic
math measures Rachael reaches


October Ae Freslighe

Trees turn vibrant color in
Autumn, on Halloween night
Children are heard hollerin’
Trick or treat, as they glean quite

A lot of candy, fearing
Periodontal disease
Mom and Dad stop spree clearing
Of wrappers, kids go claw trees

No I have not mastered the Ae Freslighe poetry form yet but it is a fun exercise. Here is one I wrote back in April. I read each line had to be seven syllables and follow the rhyming scheme…

Rachael reaches climatic
Feets figuring and teaches
Her class concise didactic
Math measures Rachael reaches