Just experimenting with using syllabic metre. This little poem uses two stanzas where the lines run 3 syllables, 5 syllables, 5 syllables, 6 syllables, and then 3 syllables.


The mammoth

Stands by me, smooth tusks

Curved up like shaved larch,

Soft eyes so kind, like yours, 

My darling.


I stretch out,

Stroke her matted coat,

Her trunk, feel warm breath

On my palm; she shows no 

Fear of harm.