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Queen of the Dancefloor

Ooyakah Booyakah Dear Queen Elizabeth’s Ninety third birthday turned Into a rave She did the running man Extraordinarily Crafting a move from her Famed royal wave 9 December 2018 I challenged myself to write in the most random form I could find today and came across the double dactyl! Here’s the PS definition: A verse form, also known as "higgledy piggledy," invented by Anthony Hecht and Paul Pascal. Like a limerick, it has a rigid structure and is usually humorous, but the double dactyl is considerably more rigid and difficult to write. There must be two stanzas, each comprising three lines of dactylic dimeter followed by a line with a dactyl and a single accent. The two stanzas have to rhyme on their last line. The first line of the first stanza is repetitive nonsense. The second line of the first stanza is the subject of the poem, a proper noun (usually someone's name). Note that this name must itself be double-dactylic. There is also a requirement for at least one line of the second stanza to be entirely one double dactyl word, for example "va-le-dic-tor-i-an". Example A recent one by Gene Weingarten and Dan Weingarten: Joe and Marilyn Higgledy Piggledy Joseph DiMaggio'' Jolted the ball but was Jilted in bed. Marilyn walked, but he Necro-romantically Laid her in rose bouquets When she was dead (I don’t know if my second line would be classed as cheating!)

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Date: 12/27/2018 6:33:00 AM
I LOVE this!!! hahahaha Such a fun poem, perfectly executed! ;D
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/27/2018 6:38:00 AM
It’s a weird old form but i did enjoy writing this! Could be my one and only attempt though!
Date: 12/11/2018 7:19:00 AM
I have enjoyed the read, sounds a bit confusing to me, though I love the rhymes
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/27/2018 6:38:00 AM
Thanks Pixie, yep it’s a REALLY odd form!!
Date: 12/10/2018 6:02:00 PM
It's great to see you experimenting. I think I did one of these once but was not very thrilled by it. So did she really dance? I sure would like to see THAT!!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/11/2018 12:49:00 AM
Ah this is set in the future - she’s 92 right now. So who knows! Yes this is a very strange form isn’t it - the rules are bizarre!
Date: 12/10/2018 3:59:00 PM
I don't think I've tried this form Nina, I keep thinking I should do a poem about Prince Charles getting Camilla to put banana skins on the palace carpet so he can finally get a job - fgs he's 70 should be retired and let William do it:-) hugs Jan xx
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/11/2018 12:47:00 AM
Well if he’s going to do it, he should go it while she’s boggling! Booyakah booyakah aaagh! X
Date: 12/10/2018 12:23:00 PM
GOOD ONE, Nina! I've never tackled this form. Janice
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/10/2018 12:25:00 PM
No, I think it’s quite new on Soup actually - there are very few examples! For good reason I think - it has a lot of requirements! Great fun to tackle though. :-) Thank you for commenting!
Date: 12/9/2018 6:08:00 PM
I am looking this up, but I am sure that you "are spot on" Nina. Loved the new words, thank you for them!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/10/2018 12:56:00 AM
What, ooyakah booyakah? Ah yes. Very important rave terms. You just ask Her Maj! Thanks Caren!
Date: 12/9/2018 4:24:00 PM
Yes it is a good exercise in creativity to learn a new form (I really enjoyed your half eleven, btw) - it's something I've got to work on!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 12/9/2018 4:31:00 PM
Yes it’s definitely a good way of finding inspiration ... find a random form and try it out! And this one is REALLY random lol!