A Majestic Machine, By Donna Matthews


Today’s poetry form is called Quatern Poetry. From Brewer,

This poem has 16 lines broken up into 4 quatrains (or 4-line stanzas).
Each line is comprised of eight syllables.
The first line is the refrain. In the second stanza, the refrain appears in the second line; in the third stanza, the third line; in the fourth stanza, the fourth (and final) line.
There are no rules for rhyming or iambics.


A Majestic Machine

this moment, this delight, savor
your eyes open to a new day
problems await your attention
just as the birds singing outside

the mere act of being alive
this moment, this delight, savor
expand lungs with beautiful air
raise arms in an exquisite stretch

and if you dare, reach for your toes
rising back up on your tiptoes
this moment, this delight, savor
your frame a majestic machine

fully awake now, stay that way
your life a dance, you the dancer
frolic mindfully through your day
this moment, this delight, savor

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

I am on 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. The Magnificent Machine is #37 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 💙

2 thoughts on “A Majestic Machine, By Donna Matthews

  1. Pingback: Rest Now, Little Doggies, And Sleep, #Poem, #Quatern – Susan Joy Clark

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