Linn (Stress Matrix Dectet)









renewed in hues of crystal parity
shed this shell and fallen form’s worn ending
descend in sapphire linn past clarity

fly seraphic vision by transcending
as clouds blow back continuum compressed
carnal coalesce flows free unending
embodiment of essence effervesced

composition slips in breathless dreaming
reflections merely marrow time undressed
constant pools of Light our spirits streaming


csmoon 9-11 allrightsreserved


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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11 Responses to Linn (Stress Matrix Dectet)

  1. J.D. Meier says:

    > reflections merely marrow time undressed

  2. laurie kolp says:

    Sounds challenging, but you make it look so easy = )

  3. zongrik says:

    lots of alliteration. cool

    crystal parity sounds like a computer term. yet you say nothing about that, so i might be reading in to it??

  4. Pat Hatt says:

    Interesting form and you pulled it off great. Wonderful pic too and your verse really portrays it and sets the mood all that much more.

  5. brian says:

    wow this is gorgeous, lovely flow and alliteration…the words nearly dance off the page…

  6. Ann LeFlore says:

    wow what a challenge and so well done I do not think I could do this

  7. John Richter says:

    Wow….. completely difficult to do, I’m imagining……. and so well done!

  8. Natasha says:

    easy breezy reading! A wonderful flow to the beautiful pen! My office share for the day! You guys just might convince me to venture out on my own to try some of these forms! This one really caught my fancy!

  9. emma says:


    This is beautifully crafted, and now that I’ve attempted the form myself I understand the work that truly goes into achieving that smooth flow. Wonderful job, such a lovely piece!

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