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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

To access ALL of today's Poetry Friday posts, click the box below and it will take you to The Miss Rumphius Effect, where Tricia Stohr-Hunt is hosting. (Or just click her name above - c'est la même chose.)





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liz_scanlon
Jan. 2nd, 2015 04:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
I'll sit around and wait for your poems any day, Kelly!
So looking forward to this year of writing with you... xxxooo
kellyrfineman
Jan. 2nd, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
I am really looking forward to this year, too - thanks for wrangling us!
Sara Lewis Holmes
Jan. 2nd, 2015 05:42 pm (UTC)
Freeing isn't it?

I'm with LIz---I'll wait for your words any day, although I think I was as late as you to the draft party!

Sara
kellyrfineman
Jan. 2nd, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
I am happy to know I was in good company on being behind!
Tricia Stohr-Hunt
Jan. 2nd, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
Or bald
In thinking about my resolutions this year I swore I wasn't going to say anything about my weight. I love this poem because it speaks to me on so many levels about the outward things we often want to change that don't mean much in the grand scheme of things. And that little bit in there (or bald) makes me laugh every time I read it.

Change is will be my motto for this year, and I'm going to embrace it. Thanks for this lovely little gift.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 2nd, 2015 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Or bald
Embracing change is a bold move, and harder to do than to say, so I wish you luck! And thanks!
Andi Sibley
Jan. 2nd, 2015 06:37 pm (UTC)
I love the "bald" part too. It just makes me laugh, and that makes the tough stuff doable. You did used this form so well! Looking forward to the year ahead!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 2nd, 2015 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Andi!!
ext_2110551
Jan. 2nd, 2015 11:17 pm (UTC)
Triolet fun
Kelly,
I found your blog linked on Laura's site. I haven't visited before. Not sure why. Now I feel connected through the Cybils judging.
Your triolet reminds me that it really doesn't matter. Good thing to remember as I run out of holidays. What a fun project with friends!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 4th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Triolet fun
I'm so glad you stopped by! And thanks!
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kellyrfineman
Jan. 4th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Mary Lee Hahn
Jan. 3rd, 2015 11:04 pm (UTC)
What a fabulous goal you princesses have set for yourselves...and lucky us to be able to come along for the ride!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 4th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
Our next goal is a villanelle . . .

Thanks, Mary Lee!
readingtothecore.wordpress.com
Jan. 4th, 2015 02:28 pm (UTC)
Touche! As much as we hate to admit it, "change is" and life's so much easier when we accept that. Thanks so much for sharing.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 4th, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you for stopping by, and I'm glad the poem has (apparently) made sense to other people!!
slatts
Jan. 9th, 2015 03:24 pm (UTC)
BRAVO!

Love the last line "change."
kellyrfineman
Jan. 11th, 2015 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kevin!
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