Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 13 January 2018

Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 13 January 2018!

This week I have reached into my mystery bag and pulled out a Triolet.

It’s almost Australia Day here and this is a controversial public holiday for us. For obvious reasons, our traditional land owners, the indigenous Aboriginal people of Australia, label this “invasion day”, while UK descendants (e.g convicts and free settlers) and immigrants of today, celebrate Australia Day as part of identifying with their new “home” land – as citizenship ceremonies are held around the country.

Your challenge today, is to write a Triolet poem about your own country. For an added layer to the challenge, you may also include an historical event or controversy as part of your poem.

You may be thinking to yourself, What on earth is a Triolet? 

Luckily, Forward Poetry has an explanation…

A Triolet is a poem of fixed rhythmical form, with repeated lines. It is made up of eight lines with a set rhyming scheme.

The Structure of a Triolet Poem

A Triolet consists of 8 lines.
The rhyming scheme is:
AB, aA, abAB

Line 1, 4 and 7 are the same line repeated
So are lines 2 and 8.

An example of a Triolet Poem

Lots of colours all around, oranges, reds and some brown
Collecting conkers that fall from the tree
Harvest festival is coming to town
Lots of colours all around, oranges, reds and some brown
Just cos summer’s gone; no need to frown
Halloween costumes in the shops for all to see
Lots of colours all around, oranges, reds and some brown
Collecting conkers that fall from the tree.

Source: Forward Poetry Editors, https://www.forwardpoetry.co.uk/triolet.php (accessed on 13 January, 2018)

Good luck with your ‘Lucky Dip Triolet’ – I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Don’t forget to tag ‘Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’, ‘Saturday Mix’, and hashtag #LuckyDip.

As always, make sure you link your fabulous creation to the helpful Mister Linky.

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