In another installment of the 10-line Poem Challenge, we are presented with a form created in honor of Allen Brady.

Brady’s Touch is a decastich made of 2 quintets with a specific rhyme and syllabic count.

  • Line length: Each stanza follows the same pattern of 9-9-8-8-2 syllables.
  • Rhyme scheme: abxcd abxcd

So here’s my go at a Brady’s Touch.



Imagine, if you will, a wellspring

somewhere deep under a mountain tall

sending dark water coursing up

through many a little fissure

to light.


This, I think, is what is happening

psychologic’ly within us all –

giving vent to psyche’s wellspring –

whenever it’s our endeavor

to write.