Form Verses Creativity ~ Retrac

David of The skeptic’s kaddish and I began a fun poetry partnership in April. We just celebrated writing together a 100 verse renga, The Hyakuin 🙂 And within days, decided we would absolutely love to continue our writing collaboration and what has grown to be a warm friendship with a new poetry project

We’ve decided to explore poetry forms, one each from A to Z. Each week one of us chooses a poetry form the other responds to. David suggested we title it Form verses creativity 🙂 This week we are writing  –  a Retrac.  We’d love it if you want to respond with a Retrac of your own!

R for Retrac

David’s Retrac

to folks you meet.
You'll find most people treat
you in a kind, good-natured way.
So, tell yourself when you awake each day:
“I’m not defined by what others might say;
my own true self’s beyond okay!
Since only my retreat
Can bring defeat...
can’t neglect

Sangeetha’s Retrac

Don't you bend
To fit a mould
Test what you have been told
This is your movie. You're the star
Go the whole distance, no matter how far
Discover beyond your skin; Raise the bar
Come alive, all of who you are
Have the heart to be bold
To show the world
You don't bend.


  • 12 lines;
  • syllable Count: 2/3/4/6/8/10/10/8/6/4/3/2;
  • rhyme scheme: a/a/b/b/c/c/c/c/b/b/a/a

David and Sangeetha’s ‘Form verses creativity’

  1. The Alouette
  2. The Balance
  3. The Candlelight
  4. The Dizain
  5. The Etheree
  6. The Florette
  7. The Ghazal
  8. The Hexaduad
  9. The Italian octave
  10. The Jue Ju
  11. The Kimo
  12. The Limerick
  13. The Marianne
  14. The Nocturna
  15. The Ottava Rima
  16. The Pathya Vat
  17. The Quintilla
  18. The Retrac

5 thoughts on “Form Verses Creativity ~ Retrac

  1. Both of these are so fun and positive. The format is quite unique as well. I like the visual shapes of the poems, too–it adds to their personalities. Well done to both you and David! 🙂

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