The cuckoo chimed its last farewell.

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Reckless Sonnet No. 8” by Kimiko Hahn: cry, whir, wire, strange, sucking, sap, dusk, sand, towel, argued, left, unlike

the cuckoo chimed its last farewell

strange whiring today

crying and yes, that is a yell

perhaps it’s just the way

time to go and rest for a while

it always has its own style

time to go

time to go

it has given me a smile

the cuckoo chimed its last farewell

it’s like sucking its sap

could be argued that the sand swell

without it place is drab

what was left is an empty box

nothing like a jack-in-the-box

what was left is

what was left is

dusk till dawn, city or boondocks

the cuckoo chimed its last farewell

time to throw its towel

the end of its magic spell

giving us its last howl

we will miss it every hour

like the sound of a bell tower

we will miss it

we will miss it

the shape of its end may lour*

(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



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