Writing Exercise – The Minute Poem

by | December 6, 2013 | Writing Exercise | 9 comments

 by Ashley Lister

 The Minute Poem is a form that follows an 8, 4, 4, 4 syllable count
structure. It usually has 3 stanzas that are exactly the same: 8, 4, 4, 4;  8, 4, 4, 4;  8, 4 , 4, 4 syllables.

A traditional Minute Poem has 12 lines in total. It is written in a
strict iambic meter. The rhyme scheme is as follows: aabb, ccdd, eeff.

In this traditional example I’ve included both the rhyme scheme (aabb,
ccdd, eeff) and the syllable count (8,4,4,4 for each stanza).

You come to me in saucy mood

You’re feeling rude

You want my dick

You want it quick

At first we cuddle, then we kiss

It feels like bliss

Our passions soar

We both want more

It’s all over too fast for you

What can I do?

Speed’s in my plan:

the minute man

Alternatively, there’s also a non-traditional minute poem. This adaptation
doesn’t have to rhyme but it should follow the established syllable count.

Our naked bodies give shared warmth

they entertain

arouse, inspire

and so much more

We’ve been together for so long

It feels just like


but I want more

As long as our shared pleasures please

I’ll always try

to be with you

and give you more

As always, I look forward to seeing your poems in the comments box

Ashley Lister

Ashley Lister is a UK author responsible for more than two-dozen erotic novels written under a variety of pseudonyms. His most recent work, a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his second title published under his own name: Swingers: Female Confidential by Ashley Lister (Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753513439) Ashley’s non-fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Forum, Chapter & Verse and The International Journal of Erotica. Nexus, Chimera and Silver Moon have published his full-length fiction, with shorter stories appearing in anthologies edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Mitzi Szereto. He is very proud to be a regular contributor to ERWA.


  1. LustyBooks

    I really like the minute poem… the words feel so sensual…

  2. Ashley R Lister

    Lusty – I love working with syllabic forms because they get us to focus on a different aspect to the words we use other than their meaning. I look forward to seeing any minute poems you chose to share here 🙂


  3. Rachel Green


    you make the bedsprings creak and groan
    I start to moan
    with you inside
    my legs astride

    your hips again this midnight hour.
    Still you devour
    my moans and pleas;
    you're such a tease

    to keep me wanting more and more
    now three, now four
    and finally
    your hand…in me.

  4. Ashley R Lister

    I could have sworn I commented on this one the other day. It's a great piece of writing, it makes the form work. And that final line is just a perfect delivery.

    Excellent writing. My apologies for not checking to see if my response had been posted here.


  5. Rachel Green

    Thanks Ash 🙂

  6. Nettie

    Well…. let's try this again. ; ) I couldn't get the rhyme scheme included. It was just too much for any natural sounding language I could come up with at 6am on a Sunday morning. I do put sooo much thought sometimes into these things. Thanks for the suggestions, Ashley. I've never worked this form before.

    You show yourself a braver man
    than others come
    before. You dare
    my fearsome bed

    in knowledge, sparing me the chore
    of ridding you
    your innocence.
    Your beauty makes

    my mouth water, my cock begin
    to leap. I want
    your fingers up
    my ass. Stroke me.

  7. Ashley R Lister

    Nettie – thank you.

    The syllable count is spot on and makes this piece work. The enjambment lends itself to pausing through each line, accentuating surprising parts of the text and giving the whole thing a delightful and unexpected flow.

    Good to see where your thoughts lie at 6:00am on a Sunday morning.


  8. Rachel Green

    Lovely, Nettie. The enjambment really makes it flow.

  9. Nettie

    Thank y'all. I'm glad no eyeball injuries were reported.

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