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Apparently the Tetractys was invented by Ray Stebbing, and the challenge is to write a poem in twenty syllables over five lines, that follows the pattern 1,2,3,4,10.  There is also the Double Tetractys, which have 40 syllables over 10 lines, going 1,2,3,4,10,10,4,3,2,1!

I had a bash at both…



the stead

of goodbye:

I refuse truth.

You’re still here if I say that you aren’t gone…


Then the double:




the air and

think bad thoughts cos

inside I am a frustrated small child.upset little girl

But I also have a real one of those

who shouts right back

so I don’t





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