Somber Etheree I'd been flexible with the moods of most of my poetry challenges. This time around, I'm going to ask that you write me something gloomy. Being a melancholic person myself, I'm very interested in seeing what sort of beautiful words you can weave me. The style is called an etheree. It's ten lines long and it has a specific pattern for the syllables: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. The best part about this style is how you can manipulate it in a few different ways. For example, if you wanted to, you could write an etheree in reverse; 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. As well, you can have more than one verse in your poem. You could have two; that's called a double etheree. You could do three; a triple etheree. So on and so forth. I hope that this isn't too confusing. Click to the following source for further information: LINK And, on the subject of rhymes: no they are not required. Have fun with this crazy challenge. :P Etheree example (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Etheree example (open) Etheree example (close) Anonymous Solitude She’s inclined to want more to ease her mind than do you or I. She disappears to find anonymous solitude. We look for it, but we are blind. Left behind, we become mere figments of her illusions; . . . . we call her unkind. Double Reverse Etheree (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Double Reverse Etheree (open) Double Reverse Etheree (close) Blurred Vision Blurred is the Poet’s vision when grieving - Penning release, striking out against the pain raging inside, casting out the love that once stemmed from passion’s ink in the night. Driving poetry like a prized slave until limp, red eyed, cold. Sleep and dream of lifeless limits in ink. Poethood of guilt, a sentence to be served, ‘til the blinded and enraged can make peace with the opal eye of passion’s night, and create poems to heal the heart of the grieving Bard.