Yell Sound, Shetland by R. A. D. Stainforth
We sail away today,
over oceans deep and wild and wide,
out, and out, league after league toward the horizon
under endless slate grey skies, rain-kissed,
cloud-tumbled, sun-pierced or
And all we know recedes,
all the firm, green predictable things
recede as we proceed over oceans toward
the strange terrain of dream and fable.
Unknown wonders await;
The picture is complements of Magpie Tales. The form is from Imaginary Garden w/ Real Toads. In its simplest form, the Triquain consists of seven lines, with syllables counted in multiples of 3.
3 - 6 - 9 - 12 - 9 - 6 - 3The trick thereafter is in deciding how many of these stanzas you want to use. There are several described, and I chose one called Triquain Swirl. This is created by joining the stanzas together on the seventh line, eliminating the second 3 syllable line and the space between stanzas. The finished stanza will stand at 13 lines and may be repeated thereafter.
3 - 6 - 9 - 12 - 9 - 6 - 3 - 6 - 9 - 12 - 9 - 6 - 3Also, one can include an element of repetition in the Swirl by taking a 3 syllable word or phrase from one of the longer lines and using it as the final 3 syllable line of the stanza or at the bridge of the swirl.