Day 23 – NaPoWriMo 2017 – Elevenies

I’ve been frustrated that work and life have disrupted my daily poetry writing but finally – a new post! Today’s prompt is to write a double elevenie. An elevenie is a five line poem with exactly 11 words. So as you may have deduced by now, a double elevenie is a poem with two five line stanzas with a total of 22 words.  I’ll post my poem first (which turns out to be a quadruple elevenie) followed by more information on this type of poem.

Rain
Sustains life
Falling from above
Gently soaking spring-time soil
Refreshing

Rain
Heavy, strong
Days on end
Pounding torrents flooding streets
Destructive

Rain
Summer shower
Passes quickly through
Washes all things new
Clean

Rain
Quietly patters
Outside my window
Lulling me to sleep
Peaceful

© Kalen Kingsbury 2017

Our prompt for Day Twenty-Three comes to us from Gloria Gonsalves, who challenges us to write a double elevenie. What’s that? Well, an elevenie is an eleven-word poem of five lines, with each line performing a specific task in the poem. The first line is one word, a noun. The second line is two words that explain what the noun in the first line does, the third line explains where the noun is in three words, the fourth line provides further explanation in four words, and the fifth line concludes with one word that sums up the feeling or result of the first line’s noun being what it is and where it is. There are some good examples in the link above.

A double elevenie would have two stanzas of five lines each, and twenty-two words in all. It might be fun to try to write your double elevenie based on two nouns that are opposites, like sun and moon, or mountain and sea.

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