I wrote above poem using a very old form of poetry - the heroic couplet. A heroic couplet is a traditional form for English poetry, commonly used in epic and narrative poetry, and consisting of a rhyming pair of lines in iambic pentameter. Basically two lines that rhyme, each line having ten syllables. Each couplet supposedly self-contained.
It was used extensively by Chaucer in the middle ages and perfected by John Dryden during the Restoration. Popularized by Alexander Pope in the 18th Century.
The subject matter of my own poem is hardly epic in nature, but I just love the format and thought I could try my hand with it...
Vicabout 2 years
Sim and I evacuated today. It is mandatory. This morning we tried to drive to Austin but we had to turn back because of flooded roads. Around 11 am the sheriff came around to tell us to leave. This afternoon we left the house and checked in a hotel in high ground. We're OK thanks be to the Lord.