Poetry challenge #36: Drowning leaves

Just got back and find this hasn’t posted. Must a have got the settings wrong.

This week’s challenge is to write a trilonnet inspired by this photograph.


You can find out how to write a trilonnet here. I discovered I’ve already written trilonnets without realising it. It has eight syllables per line, and three stanzas of three lines. The rhyme pattern has the first lines of each stanza rhyme, the second lines, and the third. The last couplet rhymes with itself.

This is one I wrote to illustrate the form.


The light is gone and winterโ€™s calling,

Wind strips the trees with sudden force,

Sedge whispers low the year is done.


Rime on branches, red leaves falling,

But bare thorns left on rose and gorse,

A shadow memory, the sun.


Too much sweetness, love is palling,

Too many songs, your voice is hoarse,

Our story ends before begun.


Red leaves carried on the river,

Winter looms, alone I shiver.


Rather than give you a few words as suggestions, this week I’m asking you to start your poem with the first four syllables:

The light is gone…

I leave the rest of the line to you as what follows will influence the rhymes in the next stanzas. Post the link to your poem in the comments before next Tuesday. Because I did last week’s round up early, I’ll post any last minute Pebbles entries with this challenge.



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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

49 thoughts on “Poetry challenge #36: Drowning leaves”

      1. Rosema and Maria came up with the idea. I reblogged it a few days back. They’re calling it Word High July. Beautiful Filipino words with their definitions.

      1. Thanks Jane. I’ll try to freshen it up and see what happens. Thanks for the prompt. The theme seemed daunting at first but then I came up with something.

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