Happy new year! After a short break for the holidays, the Monday Poetry Stretch is back and ready to take on another form.
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.
I hope you'll join me this week in writing a trimeric. Please share a link to your poem or the poem itself in the comments.