I’m not languishing, I’m dormant

I’m not languishing, I’m dormant

Not shimmering but limp

Hollow feeling without warning

Please don’t call me a wimp

One day I’ll wake up and meander

Act and never a bystander

One day I’ll wake

One day I’ll wake

Flourish and lace with my candour

I’m not languishing, I’m dormant

All things transpire, I’m blue

Some sweet carress in the morning

Of course, with coffee brew

Stow away the hurt and pain

And with that, no need to explain

Stow away

Stow away

I’ll be up and as bright as rain

I’m not languishing, I’m dormant

Just having a breather

Just wait for one day life’s soaring

And of course a pleasure

Be patient and we’re rewarded

Problems and hindrances sorted

Be patient

Be patient

Garden full of rose and orchid*

(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: Reena’s Xploration Challenge #185 – Reena Saxena (wordpress.com), Wordle #245 | Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie (wordpress.com)


  1. Like the concept, “I’m not languishing, I’m dormant” After the challenges of the last 15 months or so, I feel like your poem — I hope I re-emerge with the same grace and energy as you suggest.

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