Analysis of Short Lived
The night was brief, its black tent
threatened to fly away from the sunset,
Stars gleamed naked, then hid in a half-light.
Between the glimmer, night ran as if hunted.
No one thought this a good sign.
No one blessed the fleeting dark,
no one praised the lingering and early light.
We saw the cornered eyes of backyard critters,
how they backed up into imaginary dens.
We saw the exhumed moon
laid out as it was like a corpse.
We saw it all, and no one mentioned
the neonatal, the premature arrival
of that stillness.
|Scheme||XXAX XXA XXXX XXX|
|Metre||0111111 101101101 1110110011 01010111110 1111011 1110101 11101000101 1101011110 11110101001 110011 11111101 111101110 0010001010 1110|
|Closest metre||Iambic tetrameter|
|Stanza Lengths||4, 3, 4, 3|
|Letters per line (avg)||29|
|Words per line (avg)||7|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||102|
|Words per stanza (avg)||24|
Submitted by JohnDiamond on February 16, 2021
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