“Tetractys poem to all mums”
To celebrate Mother’s Day today in the United Kingdom, and in many places around the world I have written this tetractys poem to all mums, but I have created a newer version, called Mirrored Tetracrostys, by adding two features to a traditional Tetractys poem (see explanation below).
Including a kiss
From your loving child who honours your being,
Candid for you,
Explanation to the changes to a traditional Tetractys poem:
1) The first change I made was by starting each sentence with a letter, when read down, reveals another word and in this example “Magnificent”. This is typical in Acrostic poetry, but usually there are not rules in syllable count.
2) In traditional Tetractys the poem starts with a one syllable stanza. With each stanza we add another syllable/word and by stanza 5 we should have more than double the syllables that are found on stanza 4, thus adding to 20 syllables in total. For example:
line 1 – 1 syllable
line 2 – 2 syllables
line 3 – 3 syllables
line 4 – 4 syllables
line 5 – 10 syllables
In my poem here, I then created a mirror downward feature, a double Tetractys, where from stanza 6 (which contains 8 syllables) I started reducing down the syllables to finalise the poem with one syllable word. There a total of 40 syllables in this poem. This is difficult to create, because this type of poem needs to express a complete thought, which could be read back to someone as a complete sentence. Plus on top of this I wanted to create the Acrostic effect as explained in the above point 1.
3) I call this “Mirrored Tetracrostys”