Digital immigrant sitting
with iPhone 4s in her hand,
seriously thinks of quitting,
as if Siri can understand.
It misinterprets each command.
Its voice leaves her fit to be tied.
The clerk its praises should remand,
he opened his mouth and he lied.
Brenda Warren 2012
It is a poem in a single Ballade stanza.
The verse form was most popular in the 16th century and was often used for epigrams in the 18th century. One source suggests the Huitain may have begun in Spain.
The basic layout is:
Line length: 8 (French) or 10 (English) syllables
Rhyme scheme: ababbcbc
Number of lines:8