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Invented Poetry Forms:

  bullet   The 7/5 Trochee
  bullet   A L'Arora
  bullet   Alliterisen
  bullet   The Alouette
  bullet   The Blitz Poem
  bullet   The Brevette
  bullet   Cascade
  bullet   Christ-in-a-Rhyme
  bullet   CinqTroisDecaLa
  bullet   Clarity Pyramid
  bullet   Constanza
  bullet   Con-Verse
  bullet   The Compound Word Verse
  bullet   Decuain
  bullet   Diatelle
  bullet   Duo-rhyme
  bullet   Epulaeryu
  bullet   Essence
  bullet   The Florette
  bullet   The Florette #2
  bullet   Grá Reformata
  bullet   Jeffreys Sonnet
  bullet   Joseph's Star
  bullet   Harrisham Rhyme
  bullet   HexSonnetta
  bullet   Inverted Refrain
  bullet   LaCharta
  bullet   LaJemme
  bullet   La'libertas
  bullet   Lannet
  bullet   La'ritmo
  bullet   LaíTuin
  bullet   Lauranelle
  bullet   Lento
  bullet   Licentia Rhyme Form
  bullet   Line Messaging
  bullet   Loop Poetry
  bullet   Mini-monoverse
  bullet   Memento
  bullet   The Mirror Sestet
  bullet   Mirrored Refrain
  bullet   Monchielle
  bullet   Monotetra
  bullet   Musette
  bullet   Nove Otto
  bullet   Octameter
  bullet   Octain Refrain
  bullet   Octelle
  bullet   Oddquain
  bullet   Paradelle
  bullet   Parallelogram de Crystalline
  bullet   The Pictorial
  bullet   Pleiades
  bullet   Puente
  bullet   Quadrilew
  bullet   RemyLa Rhyme Form
  bullet   Rictameter
  bullet   Shadow Sonnet
  bullet   Spiritís Vessel
  bullet   Staccato
  bullet   Swap Quatrain
  bullet   Synchronicity
  bullet   The Tableau
  bullet   Tri-fall
  bullet   Trijan Refrain
  bullet   Trilonnet
  bullet   Trinet
  bullet   Triquain
  bullet   Triquatrain
  bullet   Triquint
  bullet   Trois-par-Huit
  bullet   Trolaan
  bullet   Vers Beaucoup
  bullet   Villonnet
  bullet   Wrapped Refrain
  bullet   Wrapped Refrain #2
  bullet   ZaniLa Rhyme

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

Example #1:
Sweet Destiny

Oh destiny, sweet destiny,
Come silent in the night,
And teach my spirit how to see
Within tomorrowís light.
I know Iíll strive to do whatís best
For humankindís eternal quest...
            I know Iíll strive
            I know Iíll strive
Oh destiny, to meet the test!

Oh destiny, sweet destiny,
Through many lives Iíve known
Youíve been the voice that shadows me
To guide me as Iíve grown.
Each day I learn from memory
Of former selves that set me free...
            Each day I learn
            Each day I learn
To cultivate a better me.

Oh destiny, sweet destiny,
As all my years unfold,
My soul is all it's meant to be
From prophecies of old.
The time is close when Iíll embark
That road to make my final mark...
            The time is close
            The time is close  
To meet fate's light within the dark.       

Copyright © 2006 Jan Turner

Example #2:
Seaside Lament

The waves are crashing on the shore;
The foaming tide is high.
The gulls now take to sky. They soar!
I hear their plaintive cry.
I feel the sea reach out to me,
And drowning in my misery...
 	I feel the sea,
 	I feel the sea.
Oh, how I long to be set free!

The salty sea mist, like a ghost,
Now shrouds the hazy sky.
I cannot hide what pains me most!
Why did you have to die?
I hear a moan as all alone
I stand, windblown, chilled to the bone.
 	I hear a moan,
 	I hear a moan...
The foghorn's lovelorn monotone.

The great North Star is hid from view,
As you are lost to me.
I've searched the endless sea's deep blue
And know my destiny.
I taste each tear, poised on this pier.
Oh, why can't you be with me here?
 	I taste each tear,
 	I taste each tear,
Then like North Star...I disappear.

Copyright © 2006 Andrea Dietrich & Jan Turner

Example #3:
The Melody of Trees

The forest once more welcomes me
Beneath its bowers bright,
As autumn colors I now see
Through filtered, golden light.
I crunch through leaves so thick and dry
Safe from the ever graying sky;
 	I crunch through leaves
 	I crunch through leaves
As raindrops plunk a lullaby.

The forest once more welcomes me;
I walk the narrow trail. 
A hush falls on the canopy
Where silence will prevail.
The sun breaks through the clearing sky
Rent by a red-tailís piercing cry.
 	The sun breaks through
 	The sun breaks through
As wind dispels the clouds on high.

The forest once more welcomes me;
I hear the rustling sounds
Of little creatures wild and free;
Here hidden life abounds.
The soft breeze sighs through turning leaves
A soothing melody of ease.
 	The soft breeze sighs
 	The soft breeze sighs
A song of splendor through the trees.

Copyright © 2009 Margaret R. Smith

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