T is for Trijan Refrain


The Trijan Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of three 9-line stanzas, for a total of 27 lines. Line 1 is the same in all three stanzas, although a variation of the form is not to repeat the same line at the beginning of each stanza. In other words, the beginning line of each stanza can be different. The first four syllables of line 5 in each stanza are repeated as the double-refrain for lines 7 and 8. The Trijan Refrain is a rhyming poem with a set meter and rhyme scheme as follows:

Rhyme scheme: a/b/a/b/c/c/d,d refrain of first 4 words of line five /c

Meter: 8/6/8/6/8/8/4,4 refrain/8

By the maple tree birds eat worms
Feral cat took the bait
Outside the mansion we get germs
There’s a hook by the gate
Sugar and spice and words are nice
And all these things come with the price
Sugar and spice
Sugar and spice
Follow rules and don’t say it twice

Come one come all take your boots off
Take a seat on a stool
He waved as the rocket blastoff
Then he went back to his school
Never spit that’s the ground rule
Then he went back
Then he went back
On some exclusionary rule

Jack and Jill playing hide and seek
Jill hid behind the bush
Jack’s impatient he had to peek
And Jill saw a firebush
They ran like hell until they’re tired
They told the firemen as required
They ran like hell
They ran like hell
For their bravery they’re admired

(c) ladyleemanila 2019


For: Thanks Team! ( #AtoZChallenge ) ,  Day 23 of Na/GloPoWriMo,  Wordle 399 Apr 14 by bwarren


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