Day Twenty-Five – NanoPoblano – Poem/Poetry – “At The Edge Of The River Of Silence” – (A Double Reversed Etheree) by David Ellis

Hey there muchachorinos.

It’s Day Twenty-Five of NanoPoblano AKA National Blog Posting Month (but with zesty Cheer Peppers to whet your blogging appetites) and I’m back with another video that will have you on the edge of your seat (I hope).

Check out the Facebook Live performance of my latest poem.


The inspiration for this particular poem came to me whilst browsing the various forms on the Shadow Poetry website and deciding to go with a form that I have never tried before called an “Etheree”.

It is made up of syllables and you can string multiple Etherees together, providing you fulfil the requirements of each Etheree, which is ten lines of ascending or descending syllables to correspond for the lines (so in my poem for example 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 then 1 through 10 back up again.

Here is a link to more examples of the form itself:-

Shadow Poetry – A Poet’s Writing Resource – Etheree

You can get lovely patterns of words with them when you string them together. The challenge with them is to get something that flows with a theme, as you start to have less and less syllables you can use towards the end (or alternatively you start off short and then can become more loquacious as you head further down the poem).

Also, since I am a generous type of bloke, here are some other alternative prompts to help you jam and boogie with your own poetry this month and beyond:-

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer at Writer’s Digest

OctPoWriMo 2017

And finally here is my poem in written form:-


Photo by sasint from Pixabay

“At The Edge Of The River Of Silence” (A Double Reversed Etheree) by David Ellis

It’s easy to lose direction in life
The wandering rivers of our mind
Just when you think you’re feeling fine
The air is filled with despair
With no real reason why
Darkness soon arrives
Light scatters, hides
Deep silence
The edge
Spirits soar
You find resolve
Weak but now you’re strong
What happens tomorrow
Is a dream that holds no fear
You’re so tired of being afraid
The door is open for a reason
Listen the way we did as kids and shine


Still want more? You cheeky young scamps! Wait, don’t look at me like that with them puppy dog eyes! Alright, you win. How about some other Day Twenty-Five posts by talented ladies and men who are also participating in the Pepper challenge throughout this month 🙂

Along the Pure Blue Sea – Consolation’s Many Forms – The Miracle of the Commonplace

Until Forever Will I – – fictionary…8 megapixel artist…bloody awful poet.

There’s always a way to show up – Stop procrastinating now!

Altered Reality, Role-playing And Gender – Edward Fagan Blog

THE LABEL WE FORGET – Shining Seeds – writing myself into wellness

Nano Poblano 2017- 30 Days of Haiku- Day 25 – The Illusion Of Controlled Chaos

And that’s how the boy parents won the Internet. – Bug Bytes By Julie Burton

In Sync Saturday – loristory – flights of fancy to parts unknown


NaNoPoblano 2017 – Day 25 (November 25) – Zombie Flamingos – A journey into bloggerdom

A Girl and Her Grandma – Behind The Willows

“in five years, the penis will be obsolete” – memoirs of an unremarkable man


2 thoughts on “Day Twenty-Five – NanoPoblano – Poem/Poetry – “At The Edge Of The River Of Silence” – (A Double Reversed Etheree) by David Ellis

  1. Pingback: 10-line Poem Challenge #19: Dectina Refrain – Dark Side of the Moon

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