drowned in an empty, hollow pool
with happy, broken turquoise dolphins—
Falling tile and memories
of long lost giggled echoes
bubbles burst fading times
no one knows
The Etheree form was created about twenty years ago by
Arkansas poeted Etheree Taylor Armstrong. The Etheree
contains 10 graduated lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 8, 9, 10
syllables for an overall count of 55 syllables. The line
structure can be reversed or inverted. A Double Etheree starts
with a traditional Etheree structure and then continues
with an inverted Etheree creating a twenty line poem. Titles are
optinonal; rhyme is permissible, but not required, and an
Etheree can be composed on any subject.
Armstrong, born February 13, 1918, died March 14, 1994, was a
local poet who developed a following in her home state of
will be water—Soon!
In sleep—the deaf silence
reminded me—last night
a leaf withered...
It reminded me of the vase
In which we were the three of us
Dreaming a dream with dew
Sipping from the month of May...
...and little by little my stem
withered in distress
and my painful leaves
found an excuse in Death...
Again, there will be water—Soon!
With little, gentle handfuls
the Life's cup is filling
with crystals of desire
I dream a hopeful dream
There is the water—plenty
and Oxygen enough...
written at 13,
translated from Romanian in August 2010