Ben Franklin Bridge, Camden, NJ
Artwork by Erin McGee Copyright 2006

Five Feet

"Iamb" and "spondee" are trochees
(An anomaly some find amusing),
And "anapest" scans as a dactyl --
Poetry is perverse and confusing.

"Dactyl" falls short of dactylic
Eminence, since it lacks the essential
Third syllable. Thus only "trochee"
Manages to be self-referential.

Chris O'Carroll is a writer, actor, and comedian. You can read his poems in Avatar Review, Folly, Iambs & Trochees, The Melic Review, and other journals. You can see him on stage in the coming months in Murder on the Nile at Cortland Repertory Theatre, Polish Joke and The Woman in Black at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse and Romeo and Juliet at Lost Nation Theatre.

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