Not-So-Crystalline Couplets (with Pearl in Chandelier) !


At dVerse Poets, Gay Reiser Cannon has posted a wonderful “form for all” article on different types of couplets.  I confess my preference is for the “heroic” (an iambic pentameter couplet, which feels most traditional to me).  But Gay is more wide-ranging, and brings up a new form called a “Crystalline:”  a modified haiku (17 syllables) compressed into two crisp lines. 

Ideally, it seems that the form requires a certain focus on visual imagery.  I couldn’t quite do the visuals, opting instead (as almost always) for the slightly silly.

I have re-posted the image above because it shows my dog Pearl  in a “crystalline” setting.  

Not-So-Crystalline Resolutions (for 2012)

 I could resolve to lose some weight,
(Though science implies that’s not my fate);

Or I could vow to work, work, work,
(Though the thought’s enough to make me shirk.)

I SHOULD be mindful of every act.
Ha-ha, hee hee…um…what was that?

No–if I’m honest, it appears
that this will be like all other years,

In which I’m me, myself and I,
no matter, no matter, how I try.


P.S. For the lightening of a heavy heart through a fun quick read, check out NOSE DIVE, by Karin Gustafson, illustrated by Jonathan Segal.

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29 Comments on “Not-So-Crystalline Couplets (with Pearl in Chandelier) !”

  1. Mohana Says:

    Super fun, Karen!

  2. Laurie Kolp Says:

    Great job with the form… love the visual. How many really stick to their new year’s resolutions past February?

  3. hedgewitch Says:

    Just delightful on so many levels, and I’m not even going to ask how your dog got into the chandelier–angel wings, let’s assume. So far i haven’t even tried this form, but you did make me write a villanelle, if you happen to stroll by my place, you can see how un-delightful my own holiday mood is, though with New Years (and absolutely NO resolutions) on the horizon I do feel soooo much better. 😉

    PS I had a dog named Pearl once, named for Janis Joplin, but she was a coal black lab (because, teh irony.)

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha, thanks so much, Joy. I will absolutely check out your villanelle. My dog was actually named for my grandmother (Pearl), who was not much like Janis Joplin, but had very curly (beautiful) white hair.

  4. Shawna Says:

    That’s kind of what I see in my future as well. 🙂

    Love this lighthearted couplet piece. I will give it a try, but until then, you can read this if you’d like:

  5. Very cute! And I love the picture of your silly little dog. 🙂 Peace, Linda

  6. Shawna Says:

    I’m not sure my comment posted.

    I said I enjoyed your lighthearted piece and am pretty sure my future holds much of the same. 🙂

  7. Beth Winter Says:

    Wonderful fun, very light and a pleasure to read. How did Pearl get up there? Talented dog…

  8. I had a dog named Pearl once too…what an amazing coincidence. She was a wonderful Great Pyrrenees and herded us all around for years. She did not jump into the chandelier but she could jump up on our shoulders and be taller than we were.

    I loved these. They were fun, clever, innovative and just plain good. Keep ’em coming. Thank you so much for coming by!

  9. Grace Says:

    The dog sure looks comfortable up there~

    Enjoyed this fun and light form ~

    Happy New Year ~

  10. Nick Rolynd Says:

    Love the light tone. Very fun piece! ^_^

  11. kaykuala Says:

    No, it will not! You try for this year and see. Cut into half whatever you eat and hey presto!

    Suggestion: Take a picture of yourself on New Year’s day and another on April 01 and another 3 months later and another. Show the picture in a combo sequence on Dec 31st 2012 and you’ll be thrilled to see how cute you can be, I’m sure!


  12. Mary Kling Says:

    Wow, was that really Pearl in your chandelier? Impressive!! LOL. Ah yes, we SHOULD be mindful of every act. Yes, but….. I enjoyed this and wish you the best of New Years!

  13. marousia Says:

    Great fun – perfect for New Year – have a great one

  14. ~L Says:

    love it! it flowed beautifully!


  15. brian Says:

    and being yourself might be the perfect way to go through the new year in all honesty…smiles…i have never been good with resolutions…i would much rather stay fluid

  16. Nice humorous use of couplets

  17. David King Says:

    This is great fun, both with the visual and your use of the form. Tremendous. Greatly enjoyed it!

  18. Very witty! And the chandelier (with Pearl) is a very nice touch.

  19. Yousei Hime Says:

    Clever and all to close to this rabbit self. Very best of the New Year to you and yours.

  20. Happy New Year.

    amazing couplets.
    you are capable of everything, aren’t you?

  21. zongrik Says:

    i have a bichon, and i must resolve (according to the vet) for him to lose weight.

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