Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wonderful Rainy Day!  
The birds have started making nests in our backyard.

Our two cats love to roll on the floor or snuggle in a box.

My poetry class at Stanford Continuing Studies is finished.  One of the forms I worked on is the Triolet, which just fit this poem.  The poem only works if you live in California!

King Daffodil

The rain comes only in February
To beat the daffodil down.
Yellow head, be wary,
The rain comes only in February.
Spring up, daffodil, don’t tarry
Burst forth quickly, golden crown
The rain comes only in February
To beat the daffodil down.

What's a Triolet?
The form: an 8-line poem with only two rhymes used throughout, with the first and second lines repeating in a particular pattern----
---where capital letters represent repeated lines, and lowercase letters represent rhyme words.  (Brittany Pelham, Poetry Process, 2014)

The old forms, such as the triolet or sonnet, are much more mathematical than free verse:  geometry in words.  You have to figure out the pattern as well as something meaningful to say without the poem sounding 'sing-song.'  What a process!

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