Etheree is a form of poetry named for the American poet Etheree Taylor Armstrong. It is composed by using 10 non-rhymed lines, the first with one syllable, the second with two, the third three, etc. up to 10 syllables in the 10th line. I came across the form at Somali K. Chakraburti’s blog, www.prepforum.wordpress.com where she posted his beautiful example called “Elusive Happiness”.
wafting through air,
crisp ray of sunshine
in a misty morning that
vanishes as soon as it
appears; Elusive happiness
finds us and fades away as we seek
it frantically at each turn along the way.
So I thought I would give this art form a try with “A Cardinal”.
my morning path
in its scarlet feathers.
The temporary pleasure
brings contentment to this birder
as he begins another solo
trek to the swamp and future feathered joys.
Okay, I get it. I’ll stick to prose and photography and let S.K. Chakraburti and others compose etheree. But I encourage you to try it for yourself. It’s fun. Feel free to submit your own creations in the “Comments” section.