Short Measure

This is a variation of Common Measure, and consists of three lines of iambic trimeter, (3 feet), and the inclusion of one line of tetrameter, (4 feet). This gives a suggested pattern of:

x x x x x a
x x x x x b
x x x x x x x a
x x x x x b


To water down a drink
is sometimes a request;
yet what a waste, I often think
when strongest form is best.

To savor every sip
becomes a long life goal.
For quality, one mustnít skip
elixir for the soul.

Short measure does add up,
as threes, one four, complete,
so if or when you pour a cup,
make sure that mine is neat.

Gloria Carpenter

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