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Triquest


While my main poetic form has been free verse, I have always enjoyed building structure into my poems—something that connected one stanza to the next.  Within the past year, I have begun to explore different poetic forms and have found within them new inspiration and creativity.  I have also begun to take a closer look at some of the structures and techniques I have often employed in different poems.  In doing so, it seemed interesting to me to see if I could unearth one of these into a specific form.  Toying with creating my own form was definitely a treat regardless of the outcome.  





Triquest


triquest is composed of four stanzas, three six-line (sestet) stanzas and one three-line (tercet) stanza.

First Three Stanzas (sestets)
·         The first line is repeated at the start of all three stanzas. The first line is composed of three syllables and must include an emotion/desire/need/want.
·         The next two lines of the three stanzas begin with the same two words and must be the object of the emotion/desire/need/want.
·         The last three lines of the first three stanzas are questions. The questions, at least in part, should be contrary in some way to the emotion/desire/need/want or contrary to one another.

Final Stanza (tercet)
·         The final stanza follows the pattern of the first three lines of the first three stanzas, however the subject of the emotion/desire/need/want is pulled from the second line into the first line.

Title
·         The title matches the first line of the last stanza or must contain the emotion/desire/want/need and the object

Variations on the Triquest
·         Variation 1: Monkey Triquest--the object of the emotion/desire/need/want may change from stanza to stanza (though still repeats within each stanza) and the final stanza must use the object from the first stanza.
·         Variation 2: Mask Triquest--the emotion/desire/need/want may change from stanza to stanza (though the object must remain the same in all four stanzas) and the final stanza must use the emotion/desire/need/want from the first stanza.
·         diquest is composed of three stanzas, two five-line stanzas and one three-line stanza.  A diquest follows the same rules as a triquest except it only involves only two questions in the first two stanza.



Example #1

I wish for someone

i wish for...
someone who can see me...
someone who can help me see me...
is that too much to ask?
how long do I have to wait?
is that someone even out there?

i wish for...
someone who will hold me...
someone whose embrace can ease the pain...
am i asking for a fantasy?
can i hope to find him soon?
does he even exist?

i wish for...
someone who will open himself up to me...
someone who can help me to open up...
is that more than i should want?
might he be in my near future?
is that someone real?

i wish for someone... 
who will help me feel whole...
someone who will help me feel.


Example #2

I fear for my heart

I fear that...
my heart cannot withstand the pain...
my heart is too weak to survive...
will you hold it close to your own?
is that too much to hope for?
should I prepare for the hurt?

I fear that ...
my heart is too fragile...
my heart does not think rationally...
will you handle it with care?
am I expecting too much?
should I wrap it with bubble wrap?

I fear that...
my heart gives more than it has...
my heart break into a million pieces...
will return its affection as strongly?
can I believe in you?
should I walk away know before it's too late?

I fear that my heart...
will never recover from you...
that my heart will forever be lost to you.


Example #3 (Monkey Triquest)

My love’s scared of monkeys

My love's scared...
of monkeys wearing top hats...
of monkeys carrying pocketbooks...
why would a monkey wear a top hat?
have you ever seen a money with a pocketbook?
does this mean I can't take her to the zoo?

My love's scared...
of snow surrounding her feet...
of snow sticking to the cuffs of her pants...
what if her feet are in boots?
should I suggest she only were skirts when it snows?
does this mean I'll have to carry her to the car?

My love's scared...
of elevators that creak as they rise...
of elevators filled with people...
why'd she rent a place on the seventh floor?
did she test out the elevator before hand?
does this mean we can't be in an elevator together?

My love's scared of monkeys...
wearing top hats and carrying pocketbooks...
of monkeys shooting her dead.


Example #4 (Mask Triquest)

I’m scared of the masks

I'm scared of...
the masks with soulless painted eyes..
the masks with oddly puckered lips...
did you every notice the eyes following you?
would empty eye sockets not be freakier?
who would want to kiss someone with soulless eyes?

I adore...
the masks worn at masquerade balls that outline the eyes...
the masks that cover the face leaving just your eyes visible...
do you ever find yourself entranced by the eyes behind the mask?
is it easier to see into the soul that way?
might it be wiser to prefer the mask that leaves the lips free to devour?

I'm drawn to...
the masks made of porcelain with elaborate designs like butterflies...
the masks that adorn my walls as individual works of art...
is it creepy to wake to their vacant stare?
is multiple masks in every room a collection or an obsession?
why am i so entranced by these delicate eyeless creatures?

I'm scared of the masks...
I hide behind being as fragile as porcelain...
the masks I hide behind being useless should anyone look into my eyes.


Example #5 (Mask Diquest)

I’m giddy with possibilities

I'm giddy...
with possibilities laid out in front of me...
with possibilities that speak to my once dormant heart...
why was I so blind to them?
is it wise to listen to my unguarded heart?

I'm frightened...
with possibilities that lay me bare to the world...
with possibilities that the public will fall to their knees and laugh...
will they see my worth as I see?
shall I rise from my knees better and stronger?

I'm giddy...
with possibilities I didn't know were even there...
with possibilities I was once too scared to see let alone chase.