Parenthood, or: Empathy

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A ‘Minute Poem’

"Please!" she cries, "Just one minute more!"
Child eyes implore.
Firm, I insist,
Though those eyes mist.

"Turn off your tablet, or I will!"
Bitter tears spill.
She shuts it down ~
With sulky frown.

"Tomorrow's school! You need to sleep!
Come now, don't weep!"
Soft, sweet lips pout...
But it's lights out.


Minute Poem?

  1. narrative poetry;
  2. a 12 line poem made up of 3 quatrains;
    • (3 of 4-line stanzas);
  3. syllabic, 8-4-4-4 8-4-4-4 8-4-4-4;
    • (First line has 8 syllables of each stanza. Remaining lines has 4 syllables in each stanza);
  4. rhymed, rhyme scheme of aabb ccdd eeff;
  5. description of a finished event;
    • (preferably something done is 60 seconds);
  6. is best suited to light verse, likely humorous, whimsical or semi-serious.


d’Verse prompt: The minute poem

At d’Verse, poets were prompted to try their hands at writing ‘Minute Poems’.


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