Uninvited (Stress Matrix Dectet)





Behold electric pony’s new express,
tracing moonlit letters I’ve recited;
enfold and stamp an internet address.

England, Iceland, India, invited,
and distant shores between the east and west.
Swiftly, morphing, moving, sonnets sited;
with visiting statistics to attest.

Winding words of praise, I find adoring;
but why is Saco, Maine a daily guest?
Stalking every word I write; abhorring.



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).


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One Response to Uninvited (Stress Matrix Dectet)

  1. Luke Prater says:

    Excellent. Clear message here

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