Sunday, January 05, 2014


The fourth amendment says that probable cause,
properly sworn to, under our system of laws,
shall be required, before the government seizes
persons or things. It can't do as it pleases.

A friend read the above lines, which are basically iambic pentameter and requested that I redo it in hexameter. I declined and wrote this instead:

Hexameter is rarely heard in English verse.
In classic Greek, and also French, it was the rage.
But in our mongrel tongue, it seems to fare far worse.
The lines fall limp and gasp for air upon the page.

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