Stillness, #Double Tetractys, #Lucky Dip -Saturday Mix

Photo by Susan Joy Clark, Verona Lake in Verona Park, NJ



is calm

and peaceful,

safe and serene,

where there is no fear of flood or high tide.

As David said, “beside the still waters,”

I know my God,


will guide


© 2021 Susan Joy Clark

This was written in a double tetractys format for Lucky Dip — Saturday Mix. According to their page, here is an explanation of the tetractys form.

“Tetractys, a poetic form invented by Ray Stebbing, consists of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10syllables (total of 20). Tetractys can be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Tetractys can also be reversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1

Double Tetractys:  1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1

Triple Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 10

and so on.

‘Euclid, the mathematician of classical times, considered the number series 1, 2, 3, 4 to have mystical significance because its sum is 10, so he dignified it with a name of its own – Tetractys. The tetractys could be Britain’s answer to the haiku. Its challenge is to express a complete thought, profound or comic, witty or wise, within the narrow compass of twenty syllables.’ – Ray Stebbing”

4 thoughts on “Stillness, #Double Tetractys, #Lucky Dip -Saturday Mix

  1. I have iris that never bloom… I wonder if the rhizomes are planted too deep?
    Confidence and faith are good things to have 😀

    1. These particular irises are at a park, but I do have some healthy irises growing at home. I hope you can get some irises to grow and bloom for you. The tops of the rhizomes should be visible at ground level. Daughter rhizomes will naturally find the level they like. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

      1. If I can’t see the rhizomes… (mostly they are covered with English Ivy anyway) – when should I uproot and replant them? Should I mark the spot and wait for autumn? ~ Thanks.

  2. Late summer or early fall. We don’t remember offhand what month we planted in, but it may be in our records.

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