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2010 Poetry Form Challenge

#06 Trijan Refrain

The Trijan Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of three 9-line stanzas, which makes 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:
x. x. x. x. x. x. x. a.
x. x. x. x. x b.
x. x. x. x. x. x. x. a.
x. x. x. x. x. b.
R. R. R. R. x. x. x. c.
x. x. x. x. x. x. x. c.
R. R. R. R.
R. R. R. R.
x. x. x. x. x. x. x. c.

Here is an example by it's creator.
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


Trijan Refrain Challenge Replies

Maryse Achong

It's Raining

Jem Farmer

The Dance of Life

Divena Collins

Desirous Dreams
Destined Love
Jesu Joy
Paradise Found
Prayer
Quiet Please
Test of Time
Unforgettable Love

Ryter Roethicle

Because of Dreams
Quiet Please
Eternity Visited
Everything
Fated Destiny
Keys to Life
Of the Word
Silver Ribbons
World is Ours
You Have My Soul

Khia Taylor

Porcelain and Paint

Nia Wynne

Chary Heart
No More
Standing Still



Maryse Achong

It's Raining

The rains at long last came last night
The island heaved a mighty sigh
And though today the sun is bright
It seems the rainy seasonís nigh.
We have to hope that there wonít be
That flooding we get annually
We have to hope
We have to hope
That everything will go smoothly.

The rains at long last came last night
The trees and plants are in their glee
It seems the mountains are not quite
As parched as they were formerly.
Time will confirm if that is so
It wonít be long before we know
Time will confirm
Time will confirm
If the rains stay or if they go.

The rains at long last came last night
The showers fell most everywhere
And they were enough to excite
Because the drought had been severe.
We give thanks now and offer praise,
Look forward to more rainy days
We give thanks now
We give thanks now
Even if itís a passing phase.

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Divena Collins

Desirous Dreams

Come softly unto to me my lover
Gently hold me to thy chest
I know there shalt not be another
Thou beloved art my quest
I dream in awe since we first met
This feeling inside, my heart is set,
I dream in awe
I dream in awe
Thy tender love shalt ne-er forget.

Come softly unto me my lover,
Draw me close to thy heart.
And we two shalt soon discover,
We can never break apart
The way we are meant to be,
Both togetherjust you and me,
The way we are
The way we are,
Loving each other tenderly.

Come softly unto me my lover.
Barefoot thro` the sands
Our love shall ne`er be over
As we wade hand in hand
Within this destiny shall perceive
Spiritual guidance we both believe
Within this destiny,
Within this destiny
Thus desirous dreams receive.

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Destined Love

Our destiny hath now spoken
And is not meant to be ,
My heart hath now been broken
There is no thee and me,
It was our love whilst it lasted
Sweetened wine we hath tasted
It was our love
It was our love
How hast this love been wasted .

Our destiny hath now spoken
Why lovers have to part,
Our passion was a gifted token
Betwixt two loving hearts
It was to be counted upon
Feelings were hurt and forlorn
It was to be
It was to be
A broken love, that was gone .

Our destiny hath now spoken
The tears begin to flow,
For dreams have now awoken,
Only memories to show
The love shall live that we shared
No regrets for we both cared
The love shall live
The love shall live
For spirits art now prepared.



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Jesu Joy Of Mans Desiring

Angelic voices thro` meadows fair
Drifting softly unto my ear
I hear them, there is no one there ,
Yet I know they were here.
In my minds eye, had I sensed wrong
This beautiful Angelic choral song,
In my minds eye,
In my minds eye
Tranquil rural meadows they belong.

Angelic voices thro` meadows fair,
Images with music appears,
Dreaming within nature to share
Music that moves to tears.
The power of thought in our mind
Intensifies imagination defined
The power of thought
The power of thought
A more colourful outlook we find.

Angelic voices thro` meadows fair
A choral in praise of love
Enhancing beauty already there
Blessed by heaven above
Jesu joy of man desires let it be
Songs of the sky, land and the sea
Jesu Joy Of Man
Jesu Joy Of Man
Beauty of land let it all be free.



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Paradise Found

Paradise would just be a name
If I was without my love.
Your the one that lights the flame,
The moon and stars above,
I love you when you hold me near
Whisper sweet words in my ear.
I love you so
I love you so.
My love for you is held so dear.

Paradise would just be a name
If I wasnt in your arms
Nothing much would be the same
Without your loving charms,
You are the one, that I love as such
And when I yearn to feel your touch
You are the one
You are the one,
Oh man of my dreams, I love you much

Paradise would just be a name,
Without a you and me,
True lovers we both became
Oh darling cant you see,
This love of ours is paradise found
In perfect harmony we are bound
This love of ours
This love of ours
Echos of fantasies are so profound



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A Prayer

I pray dear Lord, please answer me, My lover I shall keep, We carved our names upon a tree If I lose him I shall weep He`s gone to march in foreign lands Not by choice his quest commands. He`s gone to march He`s gone to march As a soldier on the desert sand. I pray dear Lord, please answer me Guide him thro` his plight Return to me come hear my plea If thee exists this night , I prayed aloud as I wiped a tear Had he ever experienced fear? I prayed aloud I prayed aloud For I would hold his memory near. I pray dear Lord, please answer me, Is he up there with you Does his spirit rise wild and free Beyond the sky of blue My memories clear I felt his love His spirit beyond the sky above My memories clear My memories clear I shalt cherish forever thereof.



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Quiet Please

It happens to me every time
I have to close my eyes,
For everytime I venture online
To me its no surprise,
I fall asleep, cant stay awake
At six p.m for goodness sake,
I fall asleep
I fall asleep.
Cannot stay awake to partake

It happens to me every time,
Always been the same
Its nobodys fault but mine
Only myself to blame,
In sweet repose I surrender
I`m my own worse contender
In sweet repose
In sweet repose
I snore so am no pretender.

It happens to me every time.
Resistance is very low
I can`t stay awake to rhyme
So to sleep I have to go.
So please be quiet I have to rest
I want to awaken full of zest
So please be quiet
So please be quiet
Require to be more refreshed.



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The Test Of Time

How when you say that you love me
Do I know it is true
That you and I will always be
I know that I love you,
As time goes by shall we feel
This love we have is for real...
As time goes by
As time goes by
Deep in our eyes shall reveal.

How when you say that you love me,
Do you know for sure
When once you were fancy free
And I was then pure,
I did know then I would agree,
To combine both our destiny...
I did know then .
I did know then
You and I were meant to be.

How when you say that you love me,
With all of your heart,
When you whispered to me gently
We shall never depart.
This love shall grow time will tell
The way we are, can only excel...
This love shall grow
This love shall grow
Within two hearts forever dwell



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Unforgettable Love

There has never been a day gone by,
I havent thought of you
When you laughed then so did I ,
You cried then I did too,
We were both young and carefree then,
I never dreamed we would meet again,
We were both young
We were both young,
Never serious just a little insane.

There has never been a day gone by
I hadn`t wished you here
Thought of you and breathed a sigh,
Just needed you to be near.
I cared for you then, as I do this day
My love for you did not fade away
I cared for you
I cared for you
What more could I do then but pray.

There has never been a day gone by
You were adorably mine,
I remember when both you and I
Had moments of love divine,
I loved you then, like I did all along
Again we may sing the same old song
I loved you then
I loved you then.
Where my love, did we both go wrong.



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Jem Farmer

The Dance of Life

From winterís death comes springís new life,
when day equals the night.
The Lord returns to seek His wife,
our Goddess of light.
And breezes stir as life renews
across the land in vibrant hues,
and breezes stir,
and breezes stir,
the blossoming springtime views.

The dance of life, of stems and stalks
emerging from the land.
So life returns where Nature walks
and leaves Her loving hand.
Her Motherís touch upon the Earth,
a spiritual rebirth,
Her Motherís touch,
Her Motherís touch,
we celebrate with joyous mirth.

As buds, begin to burst open
and leaves on trees unfurl,
in shallow lands and mountain glen
the feast is in full swirl.
The Goddess brings Her love today
Ostara blessings as we pray,
The Goddess brings,
The Goddess brings,
Her precious love to light our way.

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Ryter Roethical

Because of Dreams

And now how must I greet the morn
You came to me as a dream
Will my dreams now fit the dawn,
As part of my fates scheme?
Because of dreams I came to you
Are you the future that I view
Because of dreams
Because of dreams
Life moved on and grew and grew.

And now how must I greet the morn
Thereís no doubt in my mind
No other passion to which Iím torn
I look and you I find.
You are my life, my futures plan
Youíre my future, I am your man
You are my life
You are my life
Our future together just began.

And now how must I greet the morn
I look and see you smile
You walked with me from our dawn
I know itís all worthwhile
To Nirvana together we climb
We have a love thatís so sublime
To Nirvana
To Nirvana
Love thatíll grow even more with time.



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Eternity Visited

The black trees in my minds corner
Rancid with the fruit of death
Corruption and the smell of sulphur
The stench forms on my breath.
I feel the worms tear and butcher
How long will this take I wonder
I feel the worms
I feel the worms
With every life this will occur.

The black trees in my minds corner
The soil takes me to her
There will never be a mourner
As flesh unites with earth
I will return I wonder when
With each end a new life begins
I will return
I will return
Why must I start all over again.

The black trees in my minds corner
Where there is nothing left
Yet I can how can I confer
Is it some sort of theft?
My soulís alive, thoughts are free
There still exists a part of me
My soulís alive
My soulís alive
And will be for eternity.



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Everything

Everything you hear becomes a memory
You hear your lover speak
Her words create such festivities
That is when love first peaks.
A sonata of loving sounds
Listen as your lovers call rebounds
A sonata
A sonata
Realising that love knows no bounds.

Everything you hear becomes a memory
Hearing your babyís first cry
At first you think itís a melody
Then it demands, you supply.
And on it goes, forever it seems
Night filled with your broken dreams
And on it goes
And on it goes
You find there are other regimes.

Everything you hear becomes a memory
ďWe want to get marriedĒ
Those words shatter your revelry
And start feeling harried.
You have found peace itís all gone quiet
The absence of noise an end of riot
You have found peace
You have found peace
Your sound memories become a diet.



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Fated Destiny

What is this thing we call a soul
I cannot see, nor feel
Yet without it I am not whole
You tell me that itís real.
Standing, watching my life unfold
Itís pointless waiting to be told
Standing, watching
Standing, watching
Will gather mould, working finds gold

What is this thing we call a soul
Nothings gained seated.
Especially when you want control
Lying means youíre defeated.
Giving your best, you never lose
You might not win, just points of views
Giving your bestí
Giving your best
Doesnít need to give an excuse.

What is this thing we call a soul
As Fate winds in her reel
It seems inevitable after all
Waiting for Her to deal
With heat and wax she makes a seal
Itís just wasting time to appeal
With heat and wax
With heat and wax
Your path is set, itís so surreal.



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Keys To Life

All of you know each life is clay
Deeds mould your clay of life
Flung on the wheel so casually
Your fingers shape through strife
The clay of life is what you are
On that wheel you can travel far
The clay of life
The clay of life
Does not provide a guiding star.

All of you know each life is clay
Form it and you will see
That when you shape and press one way
What you shape is the key
The key to life is in your hands
And how you react to lifeís demands
The key to life
The key to life
Itís at the end one understands.

All of you know each life is clay
Fire the kiln, clay will set.
What have you made of life today
Have you reduced fates debt?
What has been made of life to date
An upward path to Heavens gate?
What has been made
What has been made
Will you be treated well by Fate?



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Of The Word

ďAnd the word became fleshÖĒ John 1:14.

Each morn I hear the birds call out
And envy them their life
There is no fear there is no doubt
Certainly, thereís no strife.
Avian banter from tree to tree
Is this what paradise could be
Avian banter
Avian banter
Thereís no finer sound you will agree.

Each morn I hear the birds call out
Wake up! Wake up mortal!
Watch us as we gather and fly about
Arise from your pedestal
You are not Gods you cannot fly
You are human, live in envy
You are not Gods
You are not Gods
All you can do is watch on high

Each morn I hear the birds call out
Youíre nothing but a man
I bow my head hearing their shout
Not understanding Fateís plan
Iím not a God, Iím not a bird
Being a man is being absurd
Iím not a God
Iím not a God
Iím a result of ďThe WordĒ.



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Silver Ribbons



Silver ribbons covír Uluru
Her once red rock is dull
Tourists sighting a rarer view
With passing clouds now full.
Ayers Rock is gone, covered by rain
No-longer to be seen the same
Ayers Rock is gone
Ayers Rock is gone
Largest rock on the desert plain.

Silver ribbons covír Uluru
No longer red and proud
And to Ayers Rock bid adieu
Hidden in murky clouds.
Shout Uluru its proper name
The owners have it back again
Shout Uluru!
Shout Uluru!
Donít treat any of us with distain.

Silver ribbons covír Uluru
The Cyclone went that far
Number of times is very few
You know what cyclones are
Shout Uluru enjoy the rain,
It is a gift it is a gain
Shout Uluru!
Shout Uluru!
It is a blessing thereís no pain.



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The World Is Ours

Out of a void our love has grown
A cosmic speck of grain
Out of nothing a seed was sown
Creating loves domain.
Not wood or steel, or brick or stone
A pulsing heart, and flesh and bone
Not wood or steel.
Not wood or steel
But of love, to protect and warm

Out of a void our love has grown
From space you've won my heart
But somehow fate has always known
You and I play a part.
The world is ours, but not for show
Just to allow our souls to grow
The world is ours.
The world is ours
But no one else will ever know.

Out of a void our love has grown
From space you've won my soul
Time or distance can never own
How two became a whole
My life, my love is now for thee
It is what fate willed to be
My life, my love.
My life, my love
Will be for all eternity.



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You Have My Soul

My mind cannot hide what it thinks
Moments of love with you.
Two souls with ethereal links
And a Heavenly view.
You have my soul, now two is one
Did we realise what weíd begun
You have my soul
You have my soul
Our love can never be undone.

My mind cannot hide what it thinks
See the look in your eyes
And from that look my soul now drinks
Thereís no need for disguise.
There are no rules and no demands
I hold your face within my hands
There are no rules
There are no rules
Excepting what our hearts command.

My mind cannot hide what it thinks
Youíve become part of me.
We both now share the same instincts
Aware now what will be
My one regret it took so long.
Iím now singing a different song
My one regret
My one regret
I finally know where I belong.



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Khia Taylor

Porcelain and Paint

My face is all you want to see
just porcelain and paint,
with lips that never disagree
nor breathe the least complaint.
I wear this mask and hide inside
authentic things that you deride-
I wear this mask
I wear this mask
and sigh- for now, I will abide.

My face is all you want to see
two eyes that never blink,
you gaze at me expectantly
to shine but not to think.
I seethe inside when I conform
and squeeze to fit into the norm-
I seethe inside
I seethe inside
a banshee, I, a raging storm.

My face is all you want to see
beyond you take no note,
the curtain drawn, your devotee
but how long will you dote?
This golden child will one day wake
her prison mask will dull and break-
this golden child
this golden child
rejecting all that made her ache.

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Nia Wynne

Chary Heart

Careful now to keep all my thoughts
Sparing of love, not rash.
Caring to place my soul as I ought
In a strong box, like cash.
Caged is my mind, no sun
Could it be that it runs
To a strong box
To a strong box
So love can never be won.

Careful now to keep all my thoughts
Reckless though they sway toward you,
Shunning the ecstasy of touches once sought
Put away ideas of two
Choosing instead to sever
Thoughts of us forever
Put away such ideas
Put away such ideas
That caressing may cause no fever.

Careful now to keep all my thoughts
Saved for that rainy day.
Not picking a lost cause for naught,
That two should remain free today
Fastidiously separate
Unbound by Fate.
That two stay free
That two stay free
A strong box for each soul mate



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No More..........Trijan Refrain

Butterflies wings are no more free
Forgetful how to guide
Through storms of pathos without glee,
Recalling loves denied,
Only Eros can abide times
Of flaming passions ruling climes
Only Eros can
Only Eros can
Burn his wings with midnights crimes.

Butterflies wings are no more free
They've been afraid to tear
When fates winds blow too far to see
Just where they'll go isn't clear,
But then I see, just over there
Somewhere where light and dark compare
but then I see
But then I see
A form coming through misty air.

Butterflies wings are no more free
To fly away from fear,
But keeps my spirits lock and key
Away from sight like deer,
Violins shall play somehow now
For eternity shows hearts now,
Violins shall play
Violins shall play,
Butterfly wings will show me how!



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Standing Still

In a long white dress she waits
Waiting and watching every sun set
Every sun rise and each new moon at her gate.
Gate of summer opens new nets
A net of new hopes to guide her,
Perhaps her once in a lifetime love will occur.
A net of new hopes
A net of new hopes
All that is wished for becomes sure.

In a long white dress she waits
Wondering and wishing upon a bright star
For her white knight, to find their fate.
Though he traveled to her from afar
She hoped he would stay to be held
To hold hands until their eyes welled,
She hoped he'd stay
She hoped he'd stay
In every age ans season bespelled.

In a long white dress she waits
Wanting to wear a lacy veil
So her love would someday be a true date.
Someone to have, hold and reveal
All the dreams held fast in her heart,
All the joys to share and happiness to impart.
All the dreams held
All the dreams held
Knowing you were the one from the start.

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