I couldn’t “Refrain” from writing this

DeviantArt.com is a great place for building a community of literature enthusiasts, writers and readers alike. Various groups there hold contests and challenges to expand your skill set.

One group is holding “Another Refrain August” which focuses on poetry which repeats lines throughout the poem, such as the triolet, cascade, villanelle, lai nouveau, and pantoum. I decide to polish my skills with a triolet. I’m not sure if I like how it came out, in the end. But here it is:

“Loved Deeper Still”

I have indeed loved deeper still
Before my mem’ry let you go,
And cast about for barren thrill.
I have indeed loved deeper still,
And I will love again. I will.
My calloused heart will overflow;
I have indeed loved deeper still
Before my mem’ry let you go.

Come back to me and force my hand–
I cannot cause myself to feel.
Your love my heart will not withstand;
Come back to me and force my hand.
Alas, you heed not my command.
Instead, you wish my soul to heal.
Come back to me and force my hand–
I cannot cause myself to feel.

This love steals slowly in the night–
I breathe the soft grace as I sink.
What must I do? How shall I fight?
This love steals slowly in the night.
I have indeed loved; you were right:
I built my shackles link by link.
This love steals slowly in the night–
I breathe the soft grace as I sink.

Check out “Another Refrain August” here.

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