· Total syllable count of 53
· Eleven total lines
· First three stanzas are three lines each with a 7 / 5 / 3 syllable count
· Final stanza must be two lines with a 5 / 3 syllable count, for a total syllable count of 53
· Rhyme scheme (slant/soft rhymes are fine) aba cdc efe gg
A Prime 53 poem’s total line count is a prime number (11), the syllable count in each line is a prime number (7 / 5 / 3) with each line of the last two-line stanza a prime number (5 / 3), and the poem’s total syllable count is a prime number (53).
One of the winning poems -- "Gödel's Garments" by New Hampshire poet and retired bookseller Ron Scully (shown below) -- not only satisfies the prime number conditions but also plays with the concepts of mathematics and language.
|A winning "Prime 53" poem by Ron Scully|