Exercise #16 (page 260)

This exercise was to write a triolet for your true love (sweet without being sickly) and also a rondeau redouble on any topic.

Triolet
This poem’s for you, my love most dear,
Though I haven’t met you yet.
Don’t think me forward when I make it clear
This poem’s for you, my love most dear,
If we never meet I’ll have nothing to fear
For one thing you’ll never get:
This poem’s for you, my love most dear,
Though I haven’t met you yet.

Rondeau Redouble
I miss you now, as you have likely guessed,
But since you’re busy, you might not miss me.
It’s not a thing I’d thought to have confessed,
Since I am good at living life lonely.

We had so many times of fun and glee
And also quiet times to learn the best
There was of us, and that is why, you see,
I miss you now, as you have likely guessed.

I often worry that I am a pest,
And that my absence fits you to a t.
It’s true that missing you can make me stressed
But since you’re busy, you might not miss me.

Most people that I meet could never be
Close friends – their presence makes me feel oppressed.
I miss how much the two of us agree.
It’s not a thing I’d thought to have confessed.

My friends are few but I am not depressed,
I know I can depend on none but me.
Without you, I did not expect unrest
Since I am good at living life lonely.

I didn’t want to come across clingy.
I’m not the type who’s jealous or obsessed.
That’s why we always hung out casually
But this can’t keep on going unexpressed:
I miss you now.

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