Free from trammels of conforming

Image credit: Bikurgurl, 2017

Free from trammels of conforming
These local boys play their music
Imbibing in their own culture
Not as malleable as others

I grin as I look through keyhole
Free from trammels of conforming
Taking all opportunities
As they touch people’s sentiments

With hindsight they could have gone there
Seeing the fata organa
Free from trammels of conforming
Still being naïve from their youth

So they play to their heart’s content
Loving every minute of it
When people smile and clap their hands
Free from trammels of conforming*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fourth line of stanza four. A quatern has eight syllables per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme scheme.

line 1
line 2
line 3
line 4

line 5
line 6 (line 1)
line 7
line 8

line 9
line 10
line 11 (line 1)
line 12

line 13
line 14
line 15
line 16 (line 1)


For: 100 Word Wednesday: Week 32, Wordle #169


  1. Lovely lines! I had to look up what a ‘trammel’ was — a new vocabulary word for me, but I love all of its’ meanings! My husband and I are pondering how it could be used in everyday language – etymology is one of his loves 😉 Thank you so much for joining us this week and educating me not only on the poetry style, which I’m always intrigued, but the words you weave!

    Below I’ve copied BING’s definitions:

    a restriction or impediment to someone’s freedom of action:
    “we will forge our own future, free from the trammels of materialism”
    synonyms: restraint · constraint · curb · check · impediment · [more]
    a set-net consisting of three layers of netting, designed so that a fish entering through one of the large-meshed outer sections will push part of the finer-meshed central section through the large meshes on the further side, forming a pocket in which the fish is trapped.
    an instrument consisting of a board with two grooves intersecting at right angles, in which the two ends of a beam compass can slide to draw an ellipse.
    a hook in a fireplace for a kettle.


    deprive of freedom of action:
    “those less trammeled by convention than himself”
    synonyms: restrict · restrain · constrain · hamper · confine · hinder · [more]”

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