kellyrfineman (kellyrfineman) wrote,

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A triolet

My poetry princess friends patiently waited for me to write this here triolet, with nearly all of them being done ages ago.

A triolet is a short poem of just eight lines, rhymed ABaAabAB, where the capital letters are repeated lines. Basically, once you've written the first two lines, you only have three more to go (the lower case lines). Triolets were originally devotional poems, and then became popular as comedic forms, but they can be used for lots of things, serious topics included. There's no real fixed metre for triolets, although a lot of people use iambic tetrameter (four iambs per line, taDUM taDUM taDUM taDUM). I took a few liberties here on metre and changing up punctuation/spelling a bit.

The other six poets and I chose "change" as our general topic. Below is my poem, followed by links to the others'.

It really doesn’t matter
what you think changes,
it’s all so much chatter.
It really doesn’t matter
if you’re thinner or fatter
or bald. And what’s strange is
it really doesn’t matter
what you think. Change is.

Andromeda Jazmon
Laura Purdie Salas
Liz Garton Scanlon
Sara Lewis Holmes
Tanita Davis
Tricia Stohr-Hunt

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