I lost a good deal of hair writing the poem below. The square poem is just that much of a challenge, but it is worth it.
A square poem has no fixed number of lines or stanzas, so in that sense it’s free-form, but it does follow a strict alternating AB rhyme scheme. Now the rule is that the first line across must also read as the first word of each line going down. Oh, and that’s not the end of it! The last word of each line will make up the last line of the whole poem. It also has to have the same number of words in each line, hence “square poem.”
Feel like pulling out your hair yet? Don’t. It’s doable. Take a deep breath and write. I had to do five retakes to finally get one right. There’s no shame in that.
Nights fraught with tidings eerie come,
Fraught with violent winds that flux in,
With laughter boisterous, spooky but gleesome.
Tidings it brings, rejoicing our sin!
Eerie, maniacal, sinister laughter we welcome.
Come in, gleesome sin. Welcome in.