Triolet: Möbius


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“I see today that everyone on earth
wants the answer to the same question
but none has the language to ask it.”

– Jim Harrison


Dumb-struck, blind.  Never knowing why.

Not able to articulate

the question.  Why, oh, why am I

dumb?  Struck blind.  Never knowing.  Why

can’t I?  How very hard I try

to verbalize in a bad state.

Dumb struck.  Blind never.  Knowing why.

Not able to articulate


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Day 21 of Jilly’s “28 Days of Unreason” challenge.  Oh, man!  That means we only have seven more days of unreason!

…oh, okay… anyone who knows me, or has been by for a read, knows that I live by unreason.



Triolet – Bone Weary


“…spring day, too loud for talk
when bones tire of their flesh
and want something better.”

— Jim Harrison


Can you imagine how we
tire of struggling?  With old bones
we weary of flesh, you see.
Can you?  Imagine!  How we
tread down a fixed path, not free –
feel pain as one alone
can.  You imagine how we
tire of struggling with old bones!


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So Jilly has unleashed the 28 Days of Unreason (which is like the high-dive platform of poetry prompts).  The thing about Jim Harrison’s poetry is that… well, it’s so out there it makes connections in your psyche where you didn’t even know you had psyche.  Honestly, I don’t really know what all psyche entails… or if it has tails… but it sounds really intellectual.  Like I should be smoking a pipe or something.

The form I used is the Triolet.

Posted to dVerse Poets Pub, Open Link Night.

The Gift of the Bouquet – a Triolet



Your subtle scent suffuses the room,
a fragrance freely flowing fill.
In response to your fullness of bloom
your subtle scent suffuses the room.
But sweet redolence fades, I assume;
when petals fall.  Discarded; thrown out.  Still
your subtle scent suffuses the room,
a fragrance freely flowing fill.

The triolet is a short poem of eight lines with only two rhymes used throughout. The requirements of this fixed form are straightforward: the first line is repeated in the fourth and seventh lines; the second line is repeated in the final line; and only the first two end-words are used to complete the tight rhyme scheme. Thus, the poet writes only five original lines, giving the triolet a deceptively simple appearance: ABaAabAB, where capital letters indicate repeated lines.

* Alstroemeria, commonly called the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas or Parrot Lily is a South American genus of about 50 species of flowering plants, mainly from the cool, mountainous regions in the Andes.  Alstroemeria symbolizes friendship and devotion, and the twists in the flower symbolize the trials and tribulations of friendships.

dVerse – Poets Pub
Poetics: Empire of Scents
Grace, doing poetics bar keeping at the pub is challenging us to “…dive into the world of scents.   Drizzle your verses with spices, if you are a lover of food.   Make us happy or sad, even lusty and sensual, to evoke memories. Fill our plate with your scented words, and fill our nostrils with emotions.”