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Six Triolets



I
Remove your pious mask
And bare your soul to me.
Is it too much to ask?
Remove your pious mask.
It is not such a task
That you cannot be free.
Remove your pious mask
And bare your soul to me.

II
Hey Ho! and ride
Throughout the night.
Three times I cried
Hey Ho! an' dried
My tears astride
My mount. All right!
Hey Ho! and ride
Throughout the night.

III
Time can heal the tormented soul
and beckon sleep, to begin anew.
Yes, as man expects the dole,
time can heal the tormented soul
and fill again the empty bowl.
So, come, my friend, and join the queue;
Time can heal the tormented soul
and beckon sleep, to begin anew.

IV
In the howling, swirling storming
thunder rolls and lightning flashes.
Shrieking, screaming shapes are forming
in the howling, swirling storming.
By my fire I'm sitting, warming,
seeking comfort from the ashes.
In the howling, swirling storming
thunder rolls and lightning flashes.

V
Let's ring the Christmas bell
and hang the mistletoe,
while wishing good friends well.
Let's ring the Christmas bell,
and to the children, tell
the tales from long ago.
Let's ring the Christmas bell
and hang the mistletoe.


VI
I grew to too fat
to tie my shoe.
Imagine that!
I grew too fat,
So I just sat.
What could I do?
I grew too fat
to tie my shoe.
 

1990, 2001, 2003 Jon G. Camp
 


The rhyme scheme of a Triolet:

1a
2a
1b
1a
1c
2b
1a
2a

N.B. This was done as an exercise. I may add other examples with rhyme schemes included.
Schemes are disdained by almost all "English department academicians."
Form may always give way to freedom of expression, and that is good,
but when form gives way to chaos of expression, that is not so good.
There is no hard and fast rule that says a poet has to use a form,
nor is there one that says a poet can not use one. jc


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