Four By Six


Four by six, he ordered
Something universal
Haiku manages that
Fewer syllables too


A fellow poet told me that as an exercise during a poetry course she attended one of the tutors, Scots poet Thomas A. Clark, challenged the participants to write a poem which managed to make a universal statement in no more than four lines each containing six syllables.

I promised her that I would make an attempt at this myself. Here is the result.

I also decided to mint a new poetic form: the four by six. Expect some more in the future. And by all means have a go for yourself. 🙂

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on October 17, 2015, in Four By Six and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. dawnofdivinerays

    Reblogged this on Dawn of Divine Rays.

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  2. Interesting form. Have to give it a try. Well done.

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  3. I love this – indeed, haiku does more with less. 🙂

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  4. Less is harder than more but offers great discipline.

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