Sunday, April 4, 2021

Day 4 – Rictameter Poem for #NationalPoetryMonth “30 Poems in 30 Days”


For Christians, today is Easter. If this is a day you celebrate, finding time to write a poem might be tricky today if you are able to go to church and will probably gather with loved ones for a big meal. So, even though I am going to share a particular poetry form (one of my favorites), feel free to use today to write in any style you wish; free verse or a style you are familiar with, particularly if you feel you don’t have the extra time to learn a new style. Surprise us and write one about Easter (spiritual or egg hunts or bunnies) ~ or not; up to you.

Today I am going to feature a RICTAMETER POEM ~ this poem focuses on the number of syllables per line. It doesn't matter if they rhyme or not. I love poems with patterns because I think they help you develop skills. I also like the “look” of this poem when you center it on the page. (Although if/when you post it on FB, it usually removes the formatting).

if you find that you do not have time to create a rictameter poem today, I do hope you will find time later on because it really is a lovely little poetic form. 

Here’s the pattern for a rictameter poem:

A rictameter is a nine-line poetry form. Remember, it’s the number of SYLLABLES, not the number of words that matter in a Rictameter Poem.

The 1st and last lines are the same (as in, they are repeated, exactly) with the syllable count as follows:

*       line 1 – 2 syllables (same as line 9)
*       line 2 – 4 syllables
*       line 3 – 6 syllables
*       line 4 – 8 syllables
*       line 5 – 10 syllables
*       line 6 – 8 syllables
*       line 7 – 6 syllables
*       line 8 – 4 syllables
*       line 9 – 2 syllables (same as line 1)

So, I actually wrote this one a few years ago but reworked it just now to flow better ~

Showed us the way
Served others all His life
Taught how to live by example
 We all can repent through His atonement
And be worthy to live with Him
Gave His life to save us
Because of love

 © 2021 Stephanie Abney

Here’s another syllable counter that I really like because it tells you
how many syllables per line ~ see below – I ended up with the exact
number of syllables needed per line for this style of poem

Poetry Soup Syllable Counter

Poem Syllable Counter Results 

Syllables Per Line:

2 4 6 8 10 8 6 4 2

Total # Syllables:


Total # Lines:

9  (Including empty lines)

Words with (syllables) counted programmatically:


Total # Words:



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Unknown said...

Day 4-Richtameter Poem

Finally here
We remember our Lord
The loving Savior of us all
His body was placed in a borrowed grave
He came forth from the Garden Tomb
Now we can live again
He paid the price


Spring Time
The gift of life, greening
A time of birth, babies abound
Flowers burst forth, fragrant, bees are busy
Birds sing their songs of love and life
The sun shines forth, brightly
Gentle rainfall
Spring Time

Heidi L. Murphy said...

Here's mine: