For the A-Z Challenge this year, I’m honoring National Poetry Month (I’ll probably do this next year, too…because there are so damn many cool forms to try!). Today, it’s the descort.
- each line needs to be different from every other line in the poem
- different line lengths, meters, avoids rhyming with other lines, no refrains, and that goes for stanzas, as well
- no two lines in a descort should look like each other
Note: The descort is different from free verse, because even in a free verse poem you may use similar line lengths and meter. However, the descort is very intentional in its variability.
I’m also, very intentionally choosing poetic forms I have never tried before, so some are a bit of a learning curve for me. This one, though, is right up my alley…so let’s give it a go —
While you drive, I glance at the curve of your jaw–
letting my gaze hang like afternoon sun
on the scratchy stubble that has grown there.
I place my hand on your thigh
between your salty skin
You radiate beside me,
the smell of you crashing like waves
in the distance:
fresh & wild.
And *breath catching* I need you
to pull over
And yes, that was harder than it probably looks.