Double Inverse Epulaeryu Poem – Jamaican Jerk Chicken

The “Double Inverse Epulaeryu” poem is a regular Epulaeryu with two inverse additions focusing on succulent dishes and exotic drinks. It consists of seven lines with thirty-three (33) syllables with an inverse form. The first line has seven (7) syllables, the second line five (5), the third line seven (7), the fourth line five (5), the fifth line five (5), the sixth line three (3), and the seventh line has only one (1) syllable which ends with an exclamation mark. The Epulaeryu poetic form syllable count is 7/5/7/5/5/3/1. The inverse form comes before the regular form with lines of 1/3/5/5/7/5/7; therefore, the Double Inverse Epulaeryu poem is 1/3/5/5/7/5/7 7/5/7/5/5/3/1/ with a total of sixty-six (66) syllables. Each line has one thought relating to the main course. The Epulaeryu poetic form, which has corresponding lines built around the main course, concludes with the ending line expressing the writer’s excitement and feelings about the meal. The following are examples:

Jamaica Succulent Jerk Chicken (Double Inverse Epulaeryu)


Tasty food

This is jerk chicken

Caribbean taste

Toes, knees, head, tongue-just jerking

Sip of pirate rum

Meat right off the bone-just slide!

Mixed spice, thyme, cayenne pepper

Call the bagpiper

Nutmeg, sugar, olive oil

Stir it up in style

Rub ginger on thigh

Jerk the breast



This is nice

Jamaican rum punch

Fresh lime juice, sugar

Pimento mixed with berries

Making me merry

Bob Marley makes me tarry!

In beginning was chicken

Walking land kicking

Then came nutmeg and nice spice

Rasta man got wise

Mixed chicken and spice

Jerk chicken


Jacqueline M. Faulkner

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