Short meter, or short metre (sometimes called short measure), is a verse form often used in English-languge poetry and song lyrics.
Short meter is similar to long meter, which consists of similar quatrains of iambic tetrameter; and to Common meter, which consists of quatrains of two lines each of alternating iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter.
The 1948 poem "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke uses short meter:
We romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother's countenance
Could not unfrown itself.
I love the jocund dance,
The softly breathing song,
Where innocent eyes do glance,
And where lisps the maiden's tongue.
I love the laughing gale,
I love the echoing hill,
Where mirth does never fail,
And the jolly swain laughs his fill.
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