This week’s poetry blog is another short and sweet edition. I’m sharing my latest entry in theprose.com’s #ProseChallenge. This week we were tasked with the duty of reworking the story of creation. I love mythology. In Jewish legends, Lilith happened to be Adam’s first wife. I decided to roll with this concept, offering a unique twist on Genesis. The poem’s title is “Propagation.” I stuck to one of my favorite rhyming formats- the 8 syllable/6 syllable structure. I’m a sucker for iambic tetrameter, and though I usually stay the course in one style, this format seems to work well for story telling. It combines a line in iambic tetrameter followed by a line in iambic trimeter. Sometimes I have the alternating lines of tetrameter rhyme. In this case, I opted to only rhyme the end words of the trimeter lines. I hope you enjoy! It’s time to #getlit! #itslit #poetey #fantasy #mythology
James Matthew Byers resides in Wellington, Alabama with his wife, kids, a dog named after an elf, and two tortoises. He has been published in poetry journals and through Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL, where he received his Master’s in 2010. His epic poem, Beowulf: The Midgard Epic, is out now from Stitched Smile Publications, LLC in both Kindle and special edition paperback. James designed and illustrated the cover and interior art for his debut novel at SSP, where he works as an in house illustrator. He also has a short story featured in their latest release, Unleashed: Monsters Vs. Zombies. James has recently won three Prose Challenges at http://www.theprose.com. His poems, “More Gravy,” “The Raven Redux,” and “Nativity Nuance” all took first place. His poem, “The Dinner Fly,” will be published in “Weirdbook Magazine” #35. He continues to write prolifically, supporting anyone who wishes to place their hammering fingers to the keyboard anvil, becoming a polished wordsmith in the process.
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