Whittled Words – Trimeric Poem

 

 

Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:

 

TRIMERIC POEM

 

I’ve really been having fun trying out new (to me) poetic forms recently, but I think the trimeric may be one of my favorites. Invented by Charles A. Stone, the rules are pretty simple:

 

  1. Trimeric has 4 stanzas

 

  1. The first stanza has 4 lines

 

  1. The other three stanzas have 3 lines each

 

  1. 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.)

 

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

 

 

 

Examples of Trimeric Poems:

 

ABOUT SUPERHEROES

by Robert Lee Brewer

 

 The thing about being a superhero is
you never get to be with the person you love
for more than a couple story lines. It’s almost
like being a superhero is a cruel curse.

You never get to be with the person you love,
because they’re being kidnapped or killed or you find
out they’re the bad guy you’ve been slugging it out with

for more than a couple story lines. It’s almost
as if your personal life is a magnet for
drama, though that’s what got you here in the first place—

like being a superhero is a cruel curse,
but you continue to show up even when no
one knows you’re saving them, because you know you can.

 

WHISKEY WORKS

By Lawrencealot

(Variation that incorporates a rhyme scheme)

 

He zig-zagged up the steep hill

much too drunk to walk a line.

Winter weather laid down a chill

with ice on that steep incline.

Much too drunk to walk a line

he headed home, had time still.

Unless he fell he’d be fine.

Winter weather laid down a chill

as he staggered up the hill.

He’d make it; he had the will.

With ice on that steep incline–

(he had lots of time to kill)

his anti-freeze worked just fine.

 

WHO ARE YOU?

By Brad Osborne

 

How do we truly see ourselves?

Are we the sum of what others say?

Individuals have such a biased view

There is much more to us I believe

Are we the sum of what others say?

The narrow words spoken by them

Try to make us fit in a rigid box

Individuals have such a biased view

Colored by their own wants and fears

Painted in a way they can understand

There is much more to us I believe

More than any other can possibly know

The truth of who we are, owned by us alone

 

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed this entry to the series, Whittled Words. I look forward to your comments, and if you dare, maybe share your own Trimeric poem. Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Comments
6 Responses to “Whittled Words – Trimeric Poem”
  1. Jim Borden says:

    I like the structure of this poem as well. It reminds me of writing a paper. The first stanza is like the outline, and then each stanza after that expands on the outline.

    And I hope we are more than what people say or think about us…

    well done, Brad!

  2. This is a very interesting structure Brad. One can get pretty creative utilising these styles that you teach us through this great series. Thank you 😊

  3. jonicaggiano says:

    Another great style Brad. I liked your examples and I love your poem. Your are right people do like to put people in a box they can understand. Different makes a lot of people uncomfortable. Good thing we are poets we won’t be put in a box.

    Nicely done my kind friend. Have an amazing evening Brad. Sending love 💕 Joni 💖

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