#NaPoWriMo Day 4: Solid Ground (Triolet).

Today’s prompt via napowrimo.net was such a relief because I had practically no time to write something extra long. So, it was a really pleasant surprise when the prompt demanded a short poem.

Today, we experiment with a triolet: a poem with 8 lines that follows the rhyme scheme ABaAabAB, where the 1st, 4th, and 7th lines are the same, and also where the first couplet is repeated in the last two lines. Oh, what’s more? Each line also has only 8 syllables each! It’s certainly a very interesting form of poetry to explore, because I am more used to writing longer poems. But I guess that’s where the beauty of poetry lies: in trying to capture the essence and magnitude of vast feelings into words, no matter how many they are in number.

So, without any further ado, here’s the poem of the day!

I’ve never stood on solid ground,
They have all crumbled beneath me–
Some, like a ghost, without a sound;
I’ve never stood on solid ground,
I’ve looked for a land, never found,
A home that never came to be–
I’ve never stood on solid ground,
They have all crumbled beneath me.

~© Shubhangi Srinivasan

I honestly love how many experimental forms of poetry I get to explore during this season, because it gives me so many new ways to express myself and it’s just amazing how many ways there can even be! That being said, this poem definitely stems from the fact that I have moved to different places every few years and I have never really found a solid ground to stand on. It feels like I have been uprooted every single time I have tried to form my roots somewhere, which is a very painful thing. But the reality of it all is that it has taught me so much and it has made me grow more than I could have ever expected.

So I guess there’s always a silver lining.

Here’s to finding solid ground.

Cheerio! Xx

Featured Image by marieke koenders on Unsplash


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