My love and I will build a picket fence,
private wooden gate beset blindfolding.
Protect affection, shelter from laments.
Fortress round our union guard withholding,
enclose impassioned days without regret.
Laughter lightened breath as night’s unfolding,
slow-dance in moonlight’s linen silhouette.
Shut the world away fear not invited;
our bodies join in silent pirouette,
fenced in rapture’s solitude united.
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).