KayJon Poetry

What is a Kayjon you might ask?  Read on…..

It is a type of poetry invented by Steven Ringer for a book he is writing.  The defining characteristic of a KayJon is that each stanza or verse in a KayJon is one line more or less than the one before it in an ascending or descending order.  Any style or rhyming scheme can be used inside the structure of a KayJon.


Below are two examples of the type of KayJon I like to write.  A poem about Hurricane Irma (Oct 2017) which recently hit Florida, where I live.  And further below a shorter poem on Hurricane Harvey. (Nov 2017)  The first stanza in Irma is 11 lines and each subsequent stanza is one line less.  10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.  
I like the last line to end with a strong statement, or what I call a power statement.  Harvey is shorter.  The first stanza is 8 lines, then 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
But first comes my introductory poem…(April 2018)

IS IT NEW

I think about poetry,
All day and all night.
Sometimes an idea comes,
Like turning on a light.
So I keep a pen handy,
In case I need to write.
But it’s not always clear,
Like black and or white.
Sometimes my brain,
Likes to put up a fight.

 

When did this happen?
I don’t really know.
For most of my life,
Creativity was a no-show.
But one day something happened,
An idea started to form and flow.
I created KayJon Poetry,
And it started to grow.
And it set my life aglow.

 

One day a switch turned on,
Deep inside my head.
KayJon Poetry soon developed,
And started to spread.
For a long time I did nothing.
Fear of rejection causes dread.
But I wanted to write Poetry,
Before I dropped dead.

 

But am I really a Poet?
What will real Poets say?
Is KayJon Poetry,
Really a new way?
Will people read my poems?
And say it’s just kids play.
And then cast it away.

 

Now I am in a quandary.
I don’t know what to do?
Is KayJon Poetry?
Something I should pursue?
Or forget this dream I have?
And bid it adieu.

 

What are my options?
I really have no choice.
The results might make me sad.
Or cause me to rejoice.
But I will lift up my voice.

 

I will ask real poets.
They are the ones to decide.
Is KayJon Poetry?
Real and bona fide?

 

I will no longer wait.
I will submit my poetry,
And learn my fate.

 

Ideas keep coming like a flood.
They enter my brain and start to bud.

 

Writing Poetry is now in my blood.
And now my hurricane poems.

HURRICANE IRMA 2017                            

They said it was a monster,
As it headed our way.
A storm like no other,
And Florida was going to pay.
But Floridians are fighters,
We weren’t going to run away.
We would fight through this storm,
That would turn daylight to gray.
Then fight through the darkness.
That would surely come our way.
And live to see the next day.

 

It started off the coast of Africa.
And slowly made its way west.
It strengthened and grew into a giant.
A hurricane unlike all the rest.
And as it set its sight on Florida,
Our resolve Irma would test.
But Floridians would come together.
It would bring out our best.
Get prepared was our motto,
And our State’s quest.

 

The Caribbean was the first,
To feel Hurricane Irma’s might.
But the Islands there were too small.
They had no way to fight.
So the people banded together,
To live through the day,
And survive through the night.
And when Irma was gone,
They would survey their plight.

 

Where would Irma go next?
We could only venture a guess.
But wherever Irma would go.
It would leave behind a mess.
Would Irma head to Miami? 
For a time it looked that way.
Or West into the Gulf of Mexico?
No one could certainly say.

 

Everyone was watching.
This storm was so huge.
And wherever Irma went,
People would need to find refuge.
North of Cuba, now a category five.
And then at Florida’s doorstep,
Irma finally would arrive.

 

The Keys were the first,
To feel Irma’s wrath.
Then Naples and Ft. Myers,
Were next on its path.
The cost would be huge.
Can anyone do the math?

 

It lasted all through the day,
And then all through the night.
Then Irma headed north to Georgia.
And with the sun shining bright,
Florida finally saw daylight.

 

Some areas were hit hard.
In others the damage was light.
But Floridians would work together,
To make everything right.

 

The government would help us.
Other states would send aid.
Over time the damage would fade.

 

And at the end of the day.
All Floridians could say.

 

Irma came, but Florida conquered.

 

HURRICANE HARVEY 2017

 Harvey formed in mid-August.
Far off to the East.
On the warm ocean waters,
It would feast and feast.
And at the time of its formation,
When its strength was the least.
Who could have predicted,
It would turn into a beast?

 

Storm and then no storm.
It would twice dissipate.
While far off in Houston,
In Texas, the State.
They were unaware of their fate.
But on August 26th.
They would have a date.

 

Through the Caribbean,
It would drop out of sight.
But then off the coast of Mexico,
It would regain its might.
Now the coast of Texas,
Was in Harvey’s sight.

 

The first major Hurricane,
Since 2005.
Off the coast of Texas,
It would finally arrive.
Take refuge Texas, stay alive.

 

The rains would come hard.
One day and then two.
Then Harvey would leave.
And the sky would turn blue.

 

But Texans are great.
They have a lot of fortitude.
And a “get things done” attitude.

 

So at the end of the day.
All Texans could say.

 

Harvey came, but Texas conquered.                                                                      

More KayJon’s

Descending KayJon: (Also known as a Standard KayJon or simply a KayJon):  This is the type I mostly write.  In a descending KayJon, each subsequent stanza or verse is one line less than the stanza that proceeds it.  If the first stanza is an Octave (8 lines), the next stanza would be a Septet (7 lines), then a Sestet (6 lines) and this would continue down to the final stanza which would be one line.  The final line in a descending KayJon is called the culmination line.
Ascending KayJon: An ascending KayJon is the opposite of a descending KayJon.  In an ascending KayJon, the first verse is one line, called the commencement line.  The next stanza would be 2 lines (a couplet) and each stanza would increase by one line until the poem ends.

V-shaped KayJon: This type of KayJon is like a V in that if the first stanza is 5 lines, the next stanza is 4 lines, then 3 lines, down to one line. But then the poet can continue the poem. The next verse would be a couplet, and so on until the final stanza which would be 5 lines like the first stanza. So the length of each stanza would be 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 lines.  If the first stanza of a poem was 8 lines (an Octave), then the length of the stanza’s of the poem would be 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 lines.  The total length of this poem would be 15 stanzas with 71 lines.

Inverted V KayJon: The first stanza of this type of a KayJon is one line, a commencement line.  The next stanza is a couplet (2 lines) and this would continue until it reached a point where the poet would stop increasing the length of the stanzas and countdown to the final stanza which would be one line, a culmination line.  If the length of the poem was 15 stanza’s, this would mean the length of each stanza would be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 lines, for a total poem length of 64 lines.

Wavy KayJon: The stanza’s in this type of KayJon would form a pattern which would start as an ascending or descending KayJon.  The lines of the stanza’s would be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, or in reverse order, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 lines.  Of course, this type of KayJon can be any length the poet wants.

3 and 5:  A variation of these forms of KayJon’s would allow the middle stanza of the poem to be a couplet instead of a single line.  5, 4, 3, 2, 3, 4, 5.  Or in a wavy KayJon, 5, 4, 3, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 3, 4, 5.

I have invented two new words to be used in this poetry.

  1. KayJon (noun): A type of poetry.  The defining characteristic of a KayJon is that each stanza or verse in a KayJon is one line more or less than the one before it in an ascending or descending order.  Any style or rhyming scheme can be used inside the structure of a KayJon.

  2. Culmence(ment): Derived from the words Culminate (verb): to end or arrive at the final stage and Commence (verb): to begin or start.  Culmence means to simultaneously end something and start something new.

 

In a Descending KayJon the final stanza is called a culmination line.  It is the single line that ends the poem.  In an Ascending KayJon the first stanza is a single line that starts the poem called the commencement line.  For the purposes of a KayJon a culmencement stanza, line or couplet is the middle stanza, line or couplet of a poem.

Example:  5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  The single line in the middle of the poem is called a culmencement line.  It transitions the poem from a descending to an ascending KayJon. So it simultaneously ends and begins the different stages of the KayJon.

Example: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.  The 5 line stanza in the middle is called the culmencement stanza.  It transitions the poem from an ascending KayJon to a descending KayJon.  So it simultaneously ends and begins the different stages of the KayJon.

Example: 4, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 4, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1.  A wavy KayJon would have a commencement line or stanza to start the poem and culmination line or stanza to end the poem.  In the middle of the poem, it would have one or more culmencement lines or stanzas depending on the length of the poem.

More KayJon’s (Have some fun)

A KayJon in which every line starts with the same word.

Odd/Even KayJon.  All the stanzas are odd or even.  Example 8,6,4,2 or 7,5,3,1.

A six or seven stanza KayJon in which every line starts with a different letter of the alphabet.  If you can do it in sequence it is even harder.

A KayJon in which the words that rhyme starts the lines instead of end the lines.

Word or Syllable KayJon’s.  Instead of lines in a stanza, it would be words or syllables in a line.  Ex. A wavy word KayJon with a pattern of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 would have 5 words in the first line, followed by 4 words in the next line down to one word after which you would make a transition and start increasing the words in the line up to 5.