Children (poem)

Naming names and framing faces

Makes them much more real, and less so;

Pencilled in familiar places,

Naming names and framing faces

Of their own; the worry traces

Lines that memory can’t yet know, though

Naming names and framing faces

Makes them much more real. And less so.

 

Written by Sean Gibson. A version of this poem first appeared in The Circle 19: a Brussels Anthology (Idle Time Press, 2019).

 

Children‘ is a triolet, with its eight lines divided into a specific rhyme scheme with set repetitions.

Normally a triolet has eight syllables per line in iambic tetrameter, but here I’ve used trochaic meter.

Trochees invert the rhythm of ‘unstressed/stressed’ iambic syllable pairings, and the English language isn’t considered to be all that well suited to it – but that can make it more fun when you do manage to string it all together.