We had no idea that CBW, in addition to being a brewing juggernaut and collection of gaming geeks, would also turn out to be a hotbed of lyrical craftsmen of the highest order. Â But that’s what happens when you get a team of people together: hidden talents come to the fore, and quirks sometimes blossom into full annoyances. Â We’re already discussing both our quarterly litererary magazine and the annual talent show. Â But until we got those plans nailed down, tonight’s feature will have to do.
I have extolled my love of triolets before, somewhere on Facebook if not also this blog or another, so I’ll say but a few words on the form here. Â I know of it thanks mainly to 7th grade English class and frequent Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me
panelistÂ Roy Blunt Jr
, the latter being more relevent to my tinkering with the form of late (I recommend his book Alphabet Juice
to word nerds
everywhere.) Â You can read all about ’em here of course
and this site
has a nice collection, but the short story is 1) The rhyme scheme is simplyÂ ABaAabAB
and 2) use any meter you want; iambic tetrameter is kinda “traditional” Â So, without further ado, I give you:
Triolet Upon Starting A Brewery
If you should want to make some beer
You’ll find it is no simple task:
colossalÂ hurdles you must clear
If you should want to make some beer.
The endpoint- is it far or near?
Call up some agency and ask
if youÂ should want to make some beer;
you’ll find it is no easy task.
The guy in the costume? He's never even *seen* Star Wars!