In a MONOTETRA, each stanza is comprised of four rhymed lines.  Each line has four metrical feet, a total of eight syllables.  What makes it such a powerful form is that the closing line of each stanza is four syllables, repeated.  A Monotetra can have as few or as many stanzas as desired.  C’mon, sink your teeth into one!  They’re the greatest.  You’ll love ’em.



On Sunday mornings, I escape
to wait in line with jaws agape
and scope the sugary landscape
of rounded shapes, of rounded shapes

From the case, glazed bodies gleam
filled with jelly, filled with cream
and twisted cinnamon daydreams
Their silent screams, their silent screams

penetrate my helpless brain
and though resistance I might feign
my diet’s headed down the drain
‘cause donuts reign, ‘cause donuts reign

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  1. T. Wayne March 12, 2017 / 1:09 am

    Ahh donuts! Love the Krispy Kreme glazed. They are a weakness for sure.

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    • Just Joan March 12, 2017 / 8:33 am

      Thanks, T Wayne. I never met a donut (any kind) I didn’t like. 🙂

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  2. chevvy8 March 12, 2017 / 3:44 am

    Lovely – Joan. I would certainly like to sink my teeth into this kind of poem. Enjoy your Sunday!

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    • Just Joan March 12, 2017 / 8:36 am

      Thanks, Chevvy. Now you know what I do on Sunday mornings! One more form to try when you’re feeling froggy. Or donutty. 🙂

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      • chevvy8 March 12, 2017 / 10:29 am

        Yes – one day. Hope you are having a good Sunday my friend 😊

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  3. Joyce Robinson March 12, 2017 / 9:55 am

    I like this one Joan.

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    • Just Joan March 12, 2017 / 2:47 pm

      Close enough. Nothing like a good, nutritious breakfast to start the morning… 🙂


    • Just Joan March 12, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      Thanks for the shout-out, Lennon! Hope your Sunday is filled with peace, good tunes, and (of course) donuts. 🙂


  4. Peter Klopp March 12, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    Just Joan

    When I reflect I must not moan.
    For Joan excels with words alone,
    Describing words in verse and tone,
    I think of Joan, I think of Joan.

    Greetings from Canada, Joan!

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    • Just Joan March 12, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Thanks, Peter! It is the most gratifying feeling to receive response poetry from my readers. It totally rocks to know that I’ve not only gotten people all over the world to READ poetry, but also to WRITE it. You have put a 🙂 on my face!

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      • Peter Klopp March 13, 2017 / 1:15 pm

        I happy to read that you like my little contribution to your poetry blog. I also know about the positive aspect of finding genuine recognition from friends in cyberspace. Have a great week ahead!

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    • Just Joan March 14, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      You’re most welcome, Conrad! It’s the least I can do to repay you for your consummate hosting and dozens of loaves of raisin bread. Thanks for reading.
      PS: When I run out of new forms, I’ll just start making up my own. 🙂


    • Just Joan March 15, 2017 / 11:22 am

      Thanks, Lana. Poem inspired by the real-life donut case I stand in front of every Sunday, (im)patiently waiting my turn. Gosh, is it only Wednesday? 🙂

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