was my beating
heart that could never see truth
the truth was that you didn’t love
the truth was that you hated me
Pensee found in the Caulkins Handbook stresses exact syllable count and strong end words. This invented verse form was first introduced by American poet and educator, Alice Spokes. It can be found on line at Instant Poetry Forms for Kids
The Pensee is:
- a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines.
- syllabic, 2-4-7-8-8 syllables per line.