Soft flakes
Swirls of snow
Dance with the wind
Lands on the cold ground
The world turns all to white
Drifts sway here to there like waves
The air crisp, and bites those who dare
It is the time for the cold, white snow
Winter has come and laid its snow sheath all round

The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. An Etheree can be written with more than one stanza, but follows in the 2nd stanza with an inverted syllable count. Each stanza must have 55 syllables within its 10 lines. Etheree Taylor Armstrong (1918 – 1994) was a twentieth century American poet, and is credited with inventing this poetry form (Shaping Words). Several places say it was created some time during the 70’s.
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