February Reprieve

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Meeting The Bar:  “Almost a Triolet”
(posted by Frank H.)
“This is Frank Hubeny and the challenge for the next two days is to write a triolet or a poem that closely resembles a triolet. Gay Reiser Cannon wrote a prompt featuring the triolet.”

“So, what is a triolet? It has about the same number of words as a quadrille, but the word-count is not what matters. Looking at Wikipedia, a triolet’s characteristics are the following:”

The poem has 8 lines.
The rhyme scheme is abaaabab.
The meter is iambic tetrameter, that is, each line has four accented syllables with each accented syllable preceded by an unaccented syllable.
The first, fourth and seventh lines repeat.
The second and eighth lines repeat.
“That means the same couplet starts and ends this short poem and the first line of the couplet is repeated a third time in the middle. There isn’t a lot of opportunity to say much with those constraints so the lines of that repeated couplet carry much of the message.”

Strolling on the boardwalk in Spring sun
is a gift from February.
Cyclists, dogs, people having fun,
strolling on the boardwalk in Spring sun
Earphones on those choosing to run.
Though we know it’s temporary,
strolling on the boardwalk in Spring sun,
is a gift from February.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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20 Responses to February Reprieve

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like your description of a warm February day as a temporary gift that people accept joyfully.


  2. Truedessa says:

    There was a warm day here last week and everyone was out walking. It was a glorious break from winter.


  3. pvcann says:

    The tenuousness of nature, a gift nonetheless.

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  4. Beverly Crawford says:

    Nice description of those first warm days!

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  5. I’d be happier if February gave a little warmth with that sun!

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  6. rothpoetry says:

    Very nice Sara! The warm days of winter are a true gift!


  7. msjadeli says:

    Yes, that temporary gift of sun in February is so welcomed.


  8. A passing gift, but nevertheless it’s something I happily receive.

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  9. lillian says:

    Smiling I am. Yep! This is so true in Boston — those rare February days when weather is so tempting and gives you a quick but short taste of spring to come. Here in San Diego….it seems the sun is always shining and we need little more than a light jacket. It’s a continual boardwalk! 🙂

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