Poetry Form: Etheree
Similar to the Cinquain and the Rictameter, the Etheree is a ten line structure ascending in syllable count for ten unrhymed lines. It’s attributed to an American poet, Etheree Taylor Armstrong of Arkansas. An Etheree should focus on one idea or subject. Line one is one syllable, line two is two syllables, line three is three syllables, line four is four syllables, line five is five syllables, line six is six syllables, line seven is seven syllables, line eight is eight syllables, line nine is nine syllables, and line ten is ten syllables.
She Even Cries Pretty
She cries pretty in her humility
From a deep space in her modesty
She’s beautiful yet does not know
Her tears are diamonds that flow
Out of unknown triumphs
Jewel in the crown
Pain muffled sounds
Inside her power
Loving every inch of she
Contentment in her brown skin
Confident in knowing herself
Holding herself in the highest esteem
Accepting the lineage of her strength
Look at your reflection love thine self whole
Close your eyes butterfly and soar high
Open your wings don’t be afraid
Believe in yourself fully
Gracefully as you are
This is your image
God has designed
Written By: Jody Austin
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Jody’s mother was and is still a poet and artist who introduced her to poetry and expressive writing as a child in elementary school. Her bed time stories were of Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Marcus Garvey, Phylis Wheatley, Langston Hughes, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Chavez, Gil Scott Heron, Khalil Gibran, The Last Poets, and many others. All of these influences started Jody’s creative writing experiences as a child and throughout her adulthood.
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Thanks for the great writing tip. I’ve seen the Etheree for in poetry. Didn’t realize it was structure from as an actual firm. Great article and Jody Austin poem.