Sapphic poetry, a style based on the verse of Greek poet Sappho.

The Sapphic verse is a verse made up of four line stanzas, the first three lines of 11 syllables each, the last of 5.


Hurry and stress busy busy   business

Keyboards tapping , post its flapping mobiles ring

Office bike beats the trouble and strife pants down

Right now on the desk.


Early train she’s on it too perfume wafting

Electric blue coat next to you soft humming

Off at station rushing now macchiato

Want to drink it now.


Phones ring lifts ding deadlines come and go deals flow

Time ticks pens click, ham cheese and mayo to go

Nearly five coming back to life out of here

Tricky business here!


Monday challenge  from http://wedrinkbecausewerepoets.com/2013/09/09/monday-poetry-prompt-20-sapphic-verse/

Monday challenge

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. John W. Howell
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 20:02:10

    Liked the form and the words. made it come alive. Loved the line: “Time ticks pens click, ham cheese and mayo to go”


  2. russtowne
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 20:24:36

    I have a feeling the person whose workday is described in the piece really looks forward to weekends!


  3. marina kanavaki
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 20:25:49

    Quite a challenge!!! Very well done!!!!! 🙂


  4. Bernice
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 23:05:07

    I cannot even imagine writing poetry! I like the “Nearly five coming back to life out of here” – so true for so many ppl. and especially on Friday for me!!


  5. Eric Alagan
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 03:25:45

    Life starts at five 🙂


  6. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 20:26:02

    Excellent, Willow 🙂


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  8. saminaiqbal27
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 11:03:36

    You have handled this different style of poetry in an excellent way willow. I am very impressed since I like Greek styles. Great poem.


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