After a long hiatus, the Monday Poetry Stretch is back! I hope a few of you are still out there and ready to take on some new challenges and forms.
The trimeric is a form that was invented by Dr. Charles A. Stone. Here's how he describes it.
Trimeric \tri-(meh)-rik\ n: a four stanza poem in which the first stanza has four lines and the last three stanzas have three lines each, with the first line of each repeating the respective line of the first stanza. The sequence of lines, then, is abcd, b – -, c – -, d – -.
At first I thought this would be relatively easy because the first lines of stanzas 2, 3 and 4 are already written (seeing as how they use lines 2, 3 and 4 of the first stanza). Boy, was I wrong! That first four line stanza is so important! The lines must hang together, but they must also be able to stand on their own as introductions to the other stanzas.
There are many examples on Dr. Stone's trimerics page. Here is one of my favorites.
UNSIGNEDby Dr. Charles A. Stone
I sent her a secret message on her birthday,though she thought it was an ordinary cardin an every day envelopefrom the innocent boy next door.
Though she thought it was an ordinary cardshe taped it to the wall with others she hadreceived in her eleventh year. Then,
in an every day envelope,she mailed a simple thank-you noteback to me, but she forgot to sign it.
From the innocent boy next doorto the man I am today, I’ll never forget how hardI cried because I had forgotten to add I love you.
Published with the author’s permission.
So, your challenge for the week is to write a trimeric. Leave me a note about your poem and I'll share the results on Poetry Friday.