Waves, #Trimeric

Photo by Alen Rojnic on Unsplash

Waves roll into shore,

Stirring up cool, white foam,

Then recede back into the ocean

To hit the shore once more.

Stirring up cool, white foam,

Frothing milky white,

Trailing bubbles across the sand.

Then recede back into the ocean,

Like bathwater flowing down the drain,

As sands shift underfoot.

To roll into shore once more,

Rolling, gathering momentum from afar

Impacting the shore with its power.

© Susan Joy Clark 2021

This was written for dVerse’s trimeric poetry challenge. Their page defines the trimeric form this way:

1. Trimeric has 4 stanzas
2. The first stanza has 4 lines
3. The other three stanzas have 3 lines each
4. The first line of each stanza is a refrain of the corresponding line in the first stanza (so 2nd stanza starts with the second line, third stanza starts with the third line, etc.).
5. The sequence of lines, then, is abcd, b – -, c – -, d – -.

Here is a little background behind my creative process for this one. I wasn’t sure of a subject at first, so I thought I’d do my own “photo prompt” and perused unsplash.com for a photo I liked. I selected the ocean pic above. As I thought about it, I realized the form really suited the subject of waves, as the repetitions seemed to suit that in and out feeling.

33 thoughts on “Waves, #Trimeric

    1. Thank you. I haven’t even been “down the shore” yet this season, but looking at this photo and thinking about the ocean just brought back all this vividness of being there and standing in the waves.

  1. You played well with the movements of the waves – stirring, receding and rolling back in.
    It captured the energy of the photo.

    Thanks for joining in.

  2. You’re right, the repetition of the form works well for the lulling rolls of the waves. Many vivid images. I like the comparison of the receding waves to bathwater going down the drain.

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