A to Z Challenge: Pauciloquent and Pleiades

Pauciloquent: using very few words


This titled form was invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine’s Lead Editor. Only one word is allowed in the title followed by a single seven-line stanza. The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title. Hortensia Anderson, a popular haiku and tanka poet, added her own requirement of restricting the line length to six syllables.

The poetic form The Pleiades is aptly named: the seven lines can be said to represent the seven sisters, and the six syllables represent the nearly invisible nature of one sister.



This small, beautiful fruit
tantalizes every
taste bud blooming on my
tongue. Sweetly the juices
take over, the feeling
tremendously sinful,
transcending luscious bliss.

Copyright © 2005 Marie Summers


Almost Silent

Punctual as owls
Portly men sit waiting
Pretending not to stare
Prancing May’s evil eye
Poisonous, unfortunately
Power purge excess words
Pretty soon silence lives


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Poetry Form by Shadow Poetry

Image by Oldham Optical



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