We set our eyes upon your fancy cake.
Tempting, checkered, layers; clever rhyming.
Soon whipped up frosting, eager to partake.
Turning, changing, “sounds like madness”, timing.
We’re counting, shifting, syllables all night.
Tums and Advil, chewed as stress is climbing;
oh Dear, such swearing, is the end in sight?
Banging heads upon these walls, forsaking;
our minds are bent, and gears soon stripped, that’s right.
Sweet success, just taste our matrix baking!
This poem is dedicated with affection to the inventor of this form and the sisterhood of poets that took on the challenge of writing it.
The form is a Stress Matrix Stanza/Dectet (aka Stress Checkerboard Stanza/Dectet) invented by Luke Prater.
10 lines, 10 syllables per line.
a-B-a | B-c-B-c | D-c-D
Lowercase are iambic pentameter and uppercase are trochaic pentameter – they alternate the whole way, giving a perfect ‘checkerboard’ of stressed and unstressed syllables, ten lines down x ten syllables across (=100 syllables completely evenly distributed and the rhyme scheme also utterly even/symmetrical mathematically).