I Am on Fire, By Donna Matthews

Today’s poetry form is called Diminishing Verse Poetry. From Brewer, “The main rule of diminishing verse poetry is to remove the first letter of end word in the previous line.”
For example:
Line one ends with grad,
line two rad,
and line three ad.

Read here for some examples.


Featured Image - Fire and Ash

I Am on Fire

for 50 years I am alive
today another day I get to live
but consumed by an inferno declared I’ve

my cheeks flush with another hot flash
all night long my sheets and I lash
my bedclothes in the morning covered in ash

the rising up of this miserable heat
like the flames of a dragon before time to eat
menopause and on fire is where I am at


*the photo is of me trying acupuncture to “remove the heat” 😂

Now to you…wanna try a Diminishing Verse poem? Share a link in the comments below!

© 2014-2020 – Donna Matthews


Recently, I started a personal challenge to explore and write in 100+ different poetic forms.  To assist me in this journey is Robert Lee Brewer’s The Complete Guide of Poetic Forms where he gives the form and an example. I Am on Fire is #10 in this collection I’m calling, very simply, 100+ Poetic Forms.

Hey y’all, thanks for visiting the Go Dog Go Cafe and I hope you enjoyed reading today’s selection. I am Donna Matthews, a born and bred Texan who can usually be found writing, painting, taking pictures, or traveling the world on foot. I’m all about love, people, sharing, and doing life together and would love to get to know you. I host two blogs…the first, The DJ Ranch, documents my personal adventures while the second, Slay The Chaos, focuses on mindsets, technology, productivity and organization. Come on over for a visit sometime 💙

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