Poetry Form: Rictameter

Hello, all!  I wanted to introduce another poetry form to you today. 🙂

The Rictameter is a nine-line poetry form with no rhyming required, though the poet is certainly welcome to try.

The main thing with the Rictameter is the syllable count.  That would be:

two, four, six, eight, ten, eight, six, four, two

Below I have written a Rictameter poem as an example.


(Based on Psalm One Twenty One)

I will

Lift up my eyes

To the far away hills

From which I know my help will come.

My help comes from the LORD, Who made all things.

He never sleeps, but rather, He

Is my guide and my strength;

Who I can’t be


© Stacey Uffelman 10-22-15


Of course, as with a lot of poems, the Rictameter can be used as one of many stanzas in a longer poem (at least, in my opinion).  I think that this form lends itself well to the “crown” style (as with Cinquain, Cinqku, etc).


Oh, Lord

Thank You for all

Of the blessings that You

Have so kindly and graciously

Seen fit to give to those of us down here

As we try our best to follow

The example that You

Left us on how

To live.


To live

Truly, is You,

Jesus Christ, gracious Lord

And to die, while still knowing You

Will be far more wondrous than earthly gain–

For while earthly treasure can rust,

Rot, and can fade away;

What You give lasts



Lord, please

Help me to do

Whatever things I can

To point those in this dying world

Toward You; the Way, the Truth, and the Life

So that they can know Your kindness

And that true treasure lies

In following

You, Lord.

© Stacey Uffelman 10-22-15


This is probably another form altogether, but the poet could even write a “mini” Rictameter, only going to the ten syllable line.


There is

No one that I

Should ever, ever fear

When I have You on my side, Lord;

Forgive me for the times I forget that.

© Stacey Uffelman 10-22-15


In any case, there it is–the Rictameter. 🙂  This is another form of poetry that I hope you are able to have lots of fun with. 😉