Triolets

Today, let’s try writing triolets. A triolet is an eight-line poem. All the lines are in iambic tetramenter (for a total of eight syllables per line), and the first, fourth, and seventh lines are identical, as are the second and final lines. This means that the poem begins and ends with the same couplet. Beyond this, there is a tight rhyme scheme (helped along by the repetition of lines) — ABaAabAB.

She could have been anything she wanted to be
The choice was always hers to make
Yet now she sweeps the streets of the city.
She could have been anything she wanted to be
She doesn’t deserve glances filled with pity
Or guilt, the choice was hers to take.
She could have been anything she wanted to be,
The choice was always hers to make

Sleep sneaks between my eyes
They flutter open and shut
How does sleep avoid the best of spies?
Sleep sneaks between my eyes
Nothing I try leads to its demise
Even being with a highly satisfying slut.
Sleep sneaks between my eyes
They flutter open and shut.

The man searches for inspiration
As he bites his nails.
And so in his desperation,
The man searches for inspiration,
But much to his consternation
It leads to no avail.
The man searches for inspiration
As he bites his nails.

The boy clicks on the links quickly
He has to book the tickets
On Friday, it’s Iron Man 3
The boy clicks on the links quickly
About the seats, he can’t be picky
Even if they creak like chirping crickets
The boy clicks on the links quickly
He has to book the tickets.

As the drunks drink their drinks
Drinking endlessly until the dawn
Drinking until it’s impossible to think
As the drunks drink. Their drinks
Bring them closer to a treacherous brink
Closer than they’ve ever been drawn
As the drunks. Drink their drinks
Drinking endlessly until the dawn.


Attributions: Street Sweeper, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico by Robert Crum, CC-BY-NC-2.0
                         Aba-Novák Drinkers c. 1925.jpg by Vilmos Ava-Novak, {{PD-old-70}}

(NaPoWriMo 2013 #23)

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