A Beech – a form of poetry created by poet Beecher Smith.
It is a 5 line poem with the syllables of each line corresponding to the number of the
letter of the alphabet.
B= 2 so your first line must have 2 syllables
E= 5 therefore the next two lines have 5 syllables
E= (5 again)
C= 3 so three syllables
H= 8th letter, so the last line has 8 syllables.
The first and fifth lines must rhyme. The middle three lines must also rhyme.
The title of the poem can convey further meaning.
These are my attempts at this form –
In the hands of friendship
through sails of your boat
you kept us afloat,
and I note
how once more we stepped safe ashore.
where credit is due.
I now honour you,
I ‘Glasshopper’, as you said it.
soars a wild hawk,
a smiley in chalk,
becomes a pair, the other glove.
not easy I know
to get the word flow,
goes to show
syllables are son of a beeitch.
a hand shaken treat,
waves across a street,
in those chance encounters, meetings.
it has a twin pen
and knows it not when
and peer behind paper to see.