We wish we could wait for the star

– Lovers by Harry Hollard, 1982

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Yellowjackets” by Yusef Komunyakaa: stump, tooth, harpoon, tethered, shivered, star, lathered, five, midnight, soil, plow, once

We wish we could wait for the star

Tethered here at midnight

We’re lathered with our love so far

Me and my shining knight

Shivered with lust as we both wish

What are we waiting for? Swish, squish

Shivered with lust

Shivered with lust

Plow the soil as we move with whish

We wish we could wait for the star

Harpoon once and for all

Stump our feet what we do so far

Waiting for what befall

We fight for love, that’s tooth and nail

Wishing and waiting without fail

We fight for love

We fight for love

Not just nine to five but full scale

We wish we could wait for the star

Star-crossed lovers us

We hope nothing could ever mar

With love without a fuss

Through thick and thin we will endure

Together we can both assure

Through thick and thin

Through thick and thin

Even if most things lose allure*

(c) ladyleemanila 2021

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

For: #JusJoJan prompt the 18th – “Wish” | (lindaghill.com), #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 209, #POET’SCHOICE | Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry (wordcraftpoetry.com), The Whirligig: Whirligig 301 (sundayswhirligig.blogspot.com), Photo Challenge #350 | Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie (wordpress.com)


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