Happiness Salad

The Muses Try a New Form: Tetractys

Kerry of Imaginary Garden with Real Toads  prompted us to write a Tetractys, a poetic form invented by Ray Stebbing.

A tetractys has a syllable count of 20, arranged 1, 2, 3, 4 (adding up to 10) and 10. It consists of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20). 

Tetractys can be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count.  Double Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1. Triple Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 and so on. 

Happiness Salad

Photo by Lisa Maxwell-Rounds

peach cheeks and
blueberry eyes -
fruit of her womb makes happiness salad. 


  1. that is the good kinda fruit salad you know...it is a cute kid...blueberry eyes...cool description too patti...

  2. What a wonderful metaphor to describe this little angel. You worked so well with the form.

  3. What a scrumptious poem! And beautiful babe!

  4. Delightful! I haven't heard of this form before and like it...may even give it a try.

  5. Blueberry eyes and happiness salad. I'll have two of each:)

  6. This is why I always take my hat off to poets - you can write using such complex forms. It's like being a mathematician. That is one uplifting and satisfying salad!

  7. Aww! That was sweet.


    Being a bit of a pear myself, I would, of course, enjoy this.


  8. Awww...there's my sweet little berry eyed boy! <3

    You should post some audio/video of you reading your poems. Since poetry is supposed to be read out loud and only you know how you intend it. :)


  9. Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! You've captured joy and laid it on paper (figuratively)!

  10. Cute kid bit the formula sounds more like math than lit, and you know what numbers do to my brain


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