Robin Williams, 2007
his friends enacted a
paen to poets long dead—
two cousins took the idea and ran with it.
Jason Wilkins, Richard Lunsford
gave us rictameters
a warm bundle
of sweet adoration
from a heart that beats just for you
with true love and ever-firm devotion
filling you with deep emotion:
what if you don’t deserve
this much love from
For the Sunday mini-challenge this week, Grace (aka Heaven) introduced, to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, a late 20th century poetry form, rictameter. It consists of nine lines with a syllable count of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 — and the first and last lines must be the same.
(Rictameter was) created in the early 1990s by two cousins, Jason D. Wilkins and Richard W. Lunsford, Jr., for a poetry contest that was held as a weekly practice of their self-invented order, The Brotherhood of the Amarantos Mystery. The order was inspired by the Robin Williams movie Dead Poets Society.
The first examples of the rictameter form to be made public were submissions made by Jason Wilkins to the website www.shadowpoetry.com in 2000 and were the first two poems created by both Jason D. Wilkins and his cousin, Richard Lunsford, Jr.