This is a test.
This is only a test..............Unless you guys come through with a great poem, in which case I will take full credit for knowing that this would work.
So here’s the deal. We’re going to see if there are enough of us here to write a collaborative sestina. For those who don’t know sestinas, they consist of 6 6-line stanzas, plus a final 3-line stanza. The last words of the first 6 lines are repeated in a particular pattern in the following stanzas. This is the pattern of last words (with each number representing a word):
Stanza 1: 123456
Stanza 2: 615243
Stanza 3: 364125
Stanza 4: 532614
Stanza 5: 451362
Stanza 6: 246531
Final stanza: first line contains 1 and 2, second line contains 3 and 4, third line contains 5 and 6
Yes, there are variations, but let’s try this one. No worries about line length or meter.
Please contribute only one line per stanza. If there aren’t enough of us to finish the poem, then I guess the world will end.
If you add a line in the first stanza, please remember that the last word must be repeated in each of the following stanzas. Yes, I know you’ll be tempted to end a line with the word "sclerotomy," but don’t.
That said, it’s just fine to play with forms of words, homophones, hyphenated words, etc. at the ends of lines.
Please cut and paste the previous lines into the comment when you add a new line. That way, we can easily read the entire poem as it comes together.
I’ll get the sestina started with a first line:
They met at the Bamboo Room