The Trouble is in the Rime

I couldn’t resist writing a triolet today for the Poetic Asides Poem-a-Day Challenge. The prompt was to make the title: “The Trouble is [blank]”, and then write the poem.

The Trouble is in the Rime

Sometimes when you write a triolet
you end up with imperfect rhymes
and your best intentions go astray.
Sometimes when you write a triolet
you realize you have more to say
but you’ve just run out of lines.
Sometimes when you write a triolet
you end up with imperfect rhymes.

Four-leaf Clover

Okay, I know the “clover” is really a shamrock (which is really a clover…), and the “duct tape” is really a dispenser full of Scotch tape, but what is writing about, if not employing a bit of poetic license, once in a while? After taking nearly 24 hours to come up with a haiku for the dreamcatcher prompt, I whipped this one out in about 24 seconds. Dad and duct tape…. I could write volumes…

four-leaf clover
nothing he couldn’t fix
with a little duct tape

I wrote another poem on the same topic, back in April 2010, for the Poetic Asides Poem-A-Day Challenge, which is still one of my favorites:

Have Glue Gun, Will Travel

My father believed
there was nothing you couldn’t fix
with a hot glue gun,
some twine,
and a whole lot of duct tape.

But when it came to people
Dad’s sage advice
for mending anything
from skinned knees
to a broken heart, was time.

It will get better
before you’re married,
he’d always say
and wouldn’t you just know it,
it always did.

The haiku is in response to the doodle on Aubrie Cox’s Yay Words blog, Day #14.