Written for: dVerse Poets Pub: Meeting the Bar – Trimeter (posted by Frank)
The topic today is trimeter. A line in a poem written in trimeter is one that has three similar feet often corresponding to three accented syllables. The number of unaccented syllables is not as important as the number of accented ones.
For example, the following line has three accented syllables. I wrote them using all capital letters. There are seven unaccented syllables:
In the HOUSE on my SIDE of the STREET.
This line also has three “feet”: (1) “In the HOUSE”, (2) “on my SIDE” and (3) “of the STREET”.
For this challenge, write a poem that uses trimeter lines. All of the lines in the poem do not have to be in trimeter, but enough should be so that one can tell this meter was used on purpose. The poems do not have to rhyme nor must they have any other sound qualities about them.
I wandered near and far
to see where I belonged,
and learned what mattered most–
that your heart be filled with song.
With age, a certain knowledge,
no other is to blame
for choices you have made–
Life’s too short to play that game.