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She Only Had Herself

A Diminishing Verse Poem

By Dharrsheena Raja SegarranPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - May 2023
Photo by Larm Rmah on Unsplash

Wishes were for Genies to grant

For now, she could only rant

Everything seemed too big for an ant


Her brain ran out of space

Her problems made her pace

To calm her mind, she needed to ace


She was fidgety as she sat on the chair

Lost her marbles, wanted to yank out her hair

Then surmised she needed some air


Going outdoors was overwhelming to start

So instead she would bake a tart

On it, she would design some art


She invited her best friend over for a chat

Baked the tart after putting on her chef's hat

Her design on it was pulchritudinous to look at


She put the piquant tart on a plate

Her friend didn't show up, it was getting late

In the end, alone she ate


The Diminishing Verse Poem is commonly written in tercets (three lines in each stanza)

The last word of each line gradually “diminishes” from one line to the next, usually by removing one or two letters from the beginning of the word.

An example of this would be the transition from “smart” to “mart” to “art”.

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Dharrsheena Raja Segarran

My mental health decline brought along a lot of Darkness and I embraced it. This Darkness flows out in the form of Horror Stories and Dark Poetry 🖤

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  • Catherine Nyomenda5 days ago

    I feel bad for Genies :-)

  • Smashing words and how I feel sometimes, ty xx

  • Darkos16 days ago

    Love Your creativity 💗

  • You are good at what you do. Keep it up🤗

  • Laura Lann30 days ago

    The format is lovely. The story sad and relatable. Your poetry always speaks to me with its message

  • Judah LoVatoabout a month ago

    Such a cool form applied to great effect- I like the through-line in the poem

  • Donna Foxabout a month ago

    I love the pacing and rhythmic feel of this one, as soon as I opened it I remembered what it was all about still had to give it a second read! 🩵

  • Manisha Dhalaniabout a month ago

    Wow, didn't know about tercets - good read.

  • EYHCSabout a month ago

    Interesting art, thanks for sharing this work of art 🎭👏🏾

  • liban maestro2 months ago

    Very heart touching

  • Denise E Lindquist2 months ago

    Very good!! Thank you for sharing 😊💕

  • This is fun to read. I enjoyed every word.

  • Naveedkk 3 months ago

    This piece of writing is simply brilliant. I liked it a lot.

  • Jay Kantor3 months ago

    Dhar ~ Such Tart-Art ~ you Mart ~ - Fun - Jay

  • Rebecca Patton3 months ago

    This was great, I loved the rhyming. Poor girl, at least she could enjoy her tart, I guess. Good poem!

  • Kim Loostrom4 months ago

    What a unique format, this is so creative! Excellent poem!!

  • Heather Zieffle 4 months ago

    It might have been a diminishing verse poem, but it's increasing my appreciation for poems! lol, sorry about that! Great job! 💕

  • Holly Pheni4 months ago

    Beautiful one, friend! I had never seen a diminishing verse poem, and loved learning something here as well!❤

  • Arjun Chauhan4 months ago

    Well written and so interesting ❤️❤️

  • F. Leonora Solomon4 months ago

    Dharrsheena, you are magical. such a sad end but i loved every word of it...as it diminished...

  • Lana V Lynx4 months ago

    Very creative and imaginative.

  • ThatWriterWoman4 months ago

    Woah! Nice! I have never even heard of a diminishing verse poem! Well done!

  • Harmony Kent4 months ago

    Darrsheena, this is outstanding! I’ve never come across a diminishing verse poem, and thank you for the explanation. I definitely need to give this style a go! I love how you unfolded a whole story within this poem and expressed so many emotions 💕🙂

  • Veronica Coldiron4 months ago

    I've never seen one done this well!! Beautiful poem!

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