Change – Cubby’s Challenging Triolet


Change can be a tricky customer

It creeps up, takes you by surprise,

Though you know it’s inevitable.

Change can be a tricky customer

To any unsuspecting new comer

Who ventures and fails to surmise

Change can be a tricky customer

It creeps up, takes you by surprise.


I nearly got the syllables right…its late now I shall post and hope not to attract scathing criticism.

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27 Responses to Change – Cubby’s Challenging Triolet

  1. 9? It is tricky – especially when one is tired, but I shall not cast any criticism – you tried and you did very well.

  2. 1st line is 9….you wish 😉

  3. yep there is 8/9/10 oops

  4. Don’t fret about the syllables, all poets play a bit around things that can read like one or two or three syllables depending on how quickly the word is said! 🙂 I’m sure Shakespeare was a bit liberal with all that from time to time too!! 🙂 🙂 that’s why they talk about poetic license, LOL! Great poem, and very true about the subject, change is indeed a tricky customer!! 🙂 🙂

    • Thanks Helen I actually enjoyed the challenge until I reached the end and realised I hadn’t considered too carefully the syllable count. So I agree with you about ‘poetic license’, works for me. As for Shakespeare he didn’t always go by the rules and he often made a few to suit himself. Yes as I am about to find out change can be tricky….but fun at the same time..have a good day.

  5. Cubby says:

    Syllable count is the least important thing when it comes to writing poetry. I love the subject you chose for this, and I think it works beautifully as a triolet. This is a wonderful triolet, and I think the concept of change being tricky and the extra syllable here and there actually work incredibly well together. Excellent job, Michael! 🙂

    • Oh thank you Cubby, you are so generous, and thanks for the ping back… was a fun challenge, I kept thinking its like a maths problem, think about it…lol..all those numbers to consider. Thank you again.

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  7. Anja says:

    ha this is good but please tell me how line 1 has 8 syllables? 🙂

  8. RoSy says:

    Who counts syllables? Not me. I just read & enjoy! 😉

  9. Rexie says:

    Summerstommy, it is just an important concept you have covered in your poem. Loved it 🙂

  10. PookyH says:

    It reads right to me – though I do love your suggestion that ‘tricky’ could be a single syllable if you read it fast…

    I really enjoyed it. I found this challenge super hard.

    • hello Pooky, thank you for your comment. Thank you for following my blog, i hope you can visit again.And yes it was a challenge but one to have fun with. And if you read all my comments I was clutching at straws about the way I would say tricky and reduce it to one syllable…..all in fun of course.

      • PookyH says:

        Nah, I’m with you – you’re the poet, it’s up to you how tricky is pronounced in this instance 😉

        Cubby’s challenges seem to be a great way to find other bloggers – I only just started last month so I’m keen to find other people writing poetry so it’s great to meet you!

      • Same here Pooky, I shall check out your work later.I hope you enjoy your stay with us in WP.

      • PookyH says:

        Thank you – I’m sure I will. I’ve not used in years, it’s really changed. I love the community feel now and how easy it is to stumble across people with similar interests.

      • Yes its a very positive place and I have made some great friends. If you check out my blog you’ll discover who I am, especially if you read todays post.
        I hope you can visit again.

      • PookyH says:

        I’m on my way over now – please pop the kettle on 😉

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