A Rictameter

I came across a rictameter for the first time today, so thought I’d have a go at writing one. This is my first attempt… (below)

A rictameter is a nine line poetry form. The 1st and last lines are the same with the syllable count as follows:

line 1 – 2 syllables – same as line 9
line 2 – 4 syllables
line 3 – 6 syllables
line 4 – 8 syllables
line 5 – 10 syllables
line 6 – 8 syllables
line 7 – 6 syllables
line 8 – 4 syllables
line 9 – 2 syllables – same as line 1

Each day
The sea rolls in
And out; gentle rhythm
That shapes every day and night.
A reassuring ritual each day;
Familiar signpost that shows
The way, like Polaris
At the end of
Each day



About Ali Brown

I am a counsellor, supervisor, meditation teacher and reiki therapist. I also love writing, cooking, baking, cats, nature and many more things...
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6 Responses to A Rictameter

  1. P C Niles says:

    Perfect subject matter for this form. The balanced repetition of “each day” is a nice touch, too. This is quite wonderful, Ali.

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