Rictameter Notes

Inspired by the movie ‘The Dead Poets Society’ cousins Jason and Richard Wilkins formed their own society of poets and from their challenges Richard created the Rictameter in 1990-91. Based on the concept of a cinquain and its functionality without restrictions other than format the popularity of the form has spread.
With no rhyme or meter there is only a strict adherence to the syllable count. Like the cinquain the Rictameter has a two syllable increment with each line, and a two syllable closure. However the Rictameter doesn’t stop at eight syllables it continues with a line of ten syllables then decreases each line by two syllables until the closure. The closure is a repeat of line one.
The syllable count is as follows – 2R, 4, 6, 8, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2R


Here is the very first one by Rich Wilkins;

Placed in your view
So close but out of reach
Torturous to all your senses
For they each cry aloud to possess it
Their desires forever unquenched
For the things some want most
They cannot have

and his cousin Jason Wilkins’ response

As your lips are
Pressed to mine as velvet
Soft and full with rounded sweetness
Two gentle petals alive with the night
Misted in the summer beauty
Of rains that shower love
‘Pon your lips of

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