Dragon Creature of myth, awe and danger Salmagundi of my birth. Swooping wingless out of water Creature of myth, awe and danger Mystery dreamer, swift to anger Ties high heavens down to earth Creature of myth, awe and danger Salmagundi of my birth Fly Vertical take-off for the top Far from sight, drift - fadeaway Crested flyers climb non stop Vertical take-off for the top Lyrical larks above plump crops Note by note intoning day Vertical take-off for the top Far from sight, drift - fadeaway Dragonfly Dread by design that grotesque face Medusan nymph with razored jaws Razzle-dazzle hunter of ephemeral grace Dread by design that grotesque face Emblazoned on breast and carapace Breaks the mould, bi-winged in gauze Dread by design that grotesque face Medusan nymph with razored jaws
Note: Triolet derives from French for ‘clover’ and references the three repetitions of the first line.
For my MTB prompt Three-Way Split we are writing a three stanza poem in a style of our choice but prompted either by one of a given tri-unity or a compound word and its derivatives. This, my first attempt at the Triolet.
35 thoughts on “Triolet trio”
I love the way you created the form of this with the repeated first two lines of each stanza also in the end, very creative (a bit like a triolet without the constraint of rhymes). I can also feel how you tied the dragon and flying, to the beast in the end.
thanks Bjorn – I did try and tie them loosely together
p.s. I felt sure I’d kept to the rules of the Triolet including the rhyme lines ABaAabAB
I have to read morr carefully 🙂
I thought for a mo I had misunderstood the Triolet as I’m not usually a rule and rhyme follower
The triolet is a good form for pulling the subject into focus and it worked well here for your prompt. Thanks again for the challenging and fun prompt, Laura.
my pleasure and many thanks Lisa
You’re welcome, Laura.
It has the rhythm of an incantation, perfect for your subjects and their magic. (K)
I like that – thank you – the rhyme seemed to determine the rhythm
I can relate to the dragonfly, it is one of my favorite insects. You did well with it.
Thanks for the prompt and hosting, it was fun write.
Oh yes, I meant to ask how Bjorn got ahead of you
as you had opportunity for having a head start?
as team member he knew the prompt
mine too – symbolic soul
A heady challenge with added pepper using the triolet to wind the spell. What a magical creature lifts forth. – Brendan
glad you felt the creature flew on this my maiden flight with Triolet!
Really nice. Verse 3 that little dragonfly emerged more menacing than the dragon of Verse 1
that’s because dragon is my birth sign 😉
I think you have employed the triolet form to very good effect Laura!
thank you for your encouragement John – quite unusual for me to employ a set form
A tri-triolet! Excellent, Laura. I didn’t quite understand how you meant us to use the compound words. This is really lovely. Each is separate, but connecting.
its the same as the tri-union and you nailed that one!
Thank you for the prompt!
my pleasure ❤
Beautifully weaved together ❤
Laura, this is stunning! Thank you for a most unique challenge.
thank you and happy to hear you enjoyed it
This must’ve been a tricky challenge as triolets can get tough at times. Yours flow so smoothly!
tough for me
as rhymes do not come easily
Exquisite writing that flowed so well and you topped it by using the triolet form so effortlessly.
thank you – I worked on the flow as paradoxically the triolet sounds too disjoined with its repeats
You are welcome. The hard work doesn’t show…all the reader can see is lovely rhyme and rhythm.
thanks you as always for your encouragement
Most clever and beautiful. Love the idea of using the triolet.
thank you – it was a challenge!
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