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Our MTB session two weeks ago was about repetition, employing end-line repeats of epiphora. A pattern of repetition is also used in poetry forms such as villanelle and pantoum. The purpose of the repetitive lines is to emphasize a feeling or idea, create rhythm, and/or develop a sense of urgency.

Today’s poetry form is Trimeric (Trimeric \tri-(meh)-rik\), which was invented by Charles A. Stone.

The rules are pretty simple:

1. Trimeric has 4 stanzas
2. The first stanza has 4 lines
3. The other three stanzas have 3 lines each
4. The first line of each stanza is a refrain of the corresponding line in the first stanza (so 2nd stanza starts with the second line, third stanza starts with the third line, etc.).
5. The sequence of lines, then, is abcd, b – -, c – -, d – -.

Note: No other rules on line length, meter, or rhyme.


Blue moon descends
on a stairwell of clouds
into the dark forest,
drinks from clear artesian springs.

On a stairwell of clouds
that glow under her footfalls
and casts shadows

into the dark forest,
blue moon becomes
a creature of the night and

drinks from clear artesian springs
until dawn
frightens her away.


imagine yourself a star, tiny spider of light
dangling on the end of an invisible silk
having forgotten the way up and dropping
slowly into the night*

 dangling on the end of an invisible silk
with only the moon for company
and saber-toothed pines waiting below while you,

having forgotten the way up and dropping
through clouds bloodied
by dawn’s red eye, fade

slowly into the night
like a symphony of coyotes
in the foothills of the mountains

* first stanza from Imagine by Marcelle Kasprowicz


Today’s writing challenge is to write trimeric following the pattern invented by Charles A. Stone.  You can link up as many trimerics if you are inspired.

Here’s how to join in:
  • Write a poem based on the writing challenge as described above. Post it on your blog or website.
  • Enter your name and direct link to your poem in Mr. Linky.
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  • Follow the links to other poets. Read and comment on other poems.  We all appreciate feedback on our poems.
  • Link back to dVerse so others can find us too.
  • Have fun!

See you in the poetry trail!   Grace