Freyan Verse

Freyan Verse is a form invented by author, Freya Pickard.

The aim of Freyan Verse is to create a poem that can be read both vertically and horizontally.

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The rules are simple. Verse 1 is always written first. It is situated at the heart of the poem, in the centre. Verse 1 holds the poem together. The other verses develop themes/issues that verse 1 raises.

There are 5 stanzas. Each stanza consists of 7 lines. Line seven of verses 2 and 4 overlaps with line 1 of verses 3 and 5. Lines 1 and 7 of each verse consist of 1 word only.

If you wish to try your hand writing a freyan verse, please feel free. But please acknowledge Freya Pickard as the inventor of the form if you publish your freyan verse online or in print.

You can find Freya’s Freyan Verse in her paperback anthology This Is Me.

Here are the links to the Freyan Verse published so far on this site …


Turbulence in Gold Dust issue 29. You’ll find it on page 47

Unravel Tangle


Green Fire

Flexible Armoury

Darkest Depths

Snowbound Borders





Here are some Freyan Verse by other writers.

Accursed Lust by Francis James Franklin

Sacrificial Love by Francis James Franklin

Despair by M. Sakran

Orion by Jenny Poulter