Category Archives: Horatiodet

Ode to Bluebirds of Happiness

Ode to Bluebirds of Happiness

outside my window
eastern bluebirds happen by
azure wings, orange breast bows
causing me to sigh
how they make these hours inside fly


With a focus on the ordinary (as in ordinary, everyday people, places, or things) I created a new form I called the Horatiodet. See what I did there? It’s a portmanteau that combines the words Horacian+Ode+et. A Horatiodet is a total of 5 lines, syllable count: 5-7-7-5-9 / rhyme scheme: ababb. In other words, it is a short Horacian Ode (only one stanza), a form based on the style of Horace, Quintus Horatius Flaccus (December 8, 65 BC – November 27, 8 BC), the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus.

to poets…NaPoWriMo 2019 #30

…to poets

oft’ melancholy,
we’re an oddity at best
seeing things others don’t see,
crazy, some might jest
how dull life would be without poets!


For this year’s final NaPoWriMo 2019 Prompt #30:  try your hand at a minimalist poem, I am using a micropoetry / short form I created a few months ago that I call the Horatiodet, inspired by the Horatio-styled Ode. My micro-version is 5 lines in all with a syllable count of 5-7-7-5-9 and a rhyme scheme of ababb.


February Poem #28

…to the road

good intention paved,
it is where the rubber meets,
cans to kick, trails to blaze
‘midst primroses sweet
middling to high, hot hell to beat


And so we come to end of this month of Horatiodets. I really like this new form. It’s a keeper. Tomorrow begins another fabulous short form poetry style. Can’t wait to give it a spin!

February Poem #27

…to the pebble

devil in my shoe
making me stumble again
irritating, minuscule,
heart of a mountain,
unassuming fleck, chiseled by rain


February Poem #26

…to kindness

sometimes a smile
a nod or a knowing glance
timed just right, no hint of guile
can give hope a chance
to change heavy hearts from gloom, perchance


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