Napping November to Daring December

Tada! It's December, how did this happen? 

I come to you today hoping all is well with you, and those you love. 

November proved to be a sleepy lullaby for me. Tucked away in the warmth next to a cozy fire, away from the snow, I write. I find that inclement weather is the perfect time to let the mind roam, muse, and put it all to paper.  

Today I'd like to share a little about a form of poetry, which you will see in my next book. It has quickly become one of my favorite forms of poetry.  Its origin is French, and it's called a Triolet. What is a triolet you ask?

As the The Academy of American Poets states, "The requirements of this fixed form are straightforward: the first line is repeated in the fourth and seventh lines; the second line is repeated in the final line. Thus, the poet writes only five original lines, giving the triolet a deceptively simple appearance.

French in origin, and likely dating to the thirteenth century, the triolet is a close cousin of the rondeau, another French verse form emphasizing repetition and rhyme. The earliest triolets were devotionals written by Patrick Carey, a seventeenth-century Benedictine monk. British poet Robert Bridges reintroduced the triolet to the English language, where it enjoyed a brief popularity among late-nineteenth-century British poets. Though some employed the triolet as a vehicle for light or humorous themes, Thomas Hardy recognized the possibilities for melancholy and seriousness, if the repetition could be skillfully employed to mark a shift in the meaning of repeated lines." 

Here is an example of a triolet which will be published in my next book.


Hunger Pains - Triolet

A slice of life is not enough.

It makes us weak and not so tough.

We crave more time with ones we love.

A slice of life is not enough.

We wake and blink and all has passed.

Oh why, this life, does go so fast.

A slice of life is not enough.

It makes us weak and not so tough.

Let's play a little game! Would you like to try writing a triolet? Write a triolet and send it to me using the contact tab at the top of my website. The first 5 who submit will win a free autographed book! Ready set go!

As always I give you a heartfelt thank you for your continued support!

Stay warm, healthy and happy!



Posted on December 3, 2015 .