The luck of the draw has us back to a quote:
“The quarrels of lovers are like summer storms. Everything is more beautiful when they have passed.”
~Madame Necker

This is a beautiful simile which makes me smile! The comparison of arguing lovers being like a summer storm creates quite an image! And the aftermath gives a glimmer of hopefulness which is quite poetic on its own.

Compare a summer something with how it is like something else, and write a poem about it.

And I haven’t forgotten: being Wednesday, we will feature the form Triolet!


As we remember:

Triolet is an 8-line French verse form. Its rhyme scheme is ABaAabAB and all lines are in iambic tetrameter; the first, fourth and seventh lines are identical, as are the second and final lines, thereby making the initial and final couplets identical as well.

Example of a Triolet (and not my submission to the prompt):


We live with what this day will give us
for that is all we’re assured.
So there’s no need to make a big fuss
we live with what this day will give us.
There’s so much of life that’s a plus,
to look past today is all blurred.
We live with what this day will give us
for that is all we’re assured.

Copyright © Walter J. Wojtanik – 2012


If you need more room to expand your thoughts, by all means string a few triolets stanzas together!




This morning we had received word that our friend and poetess extraordinaire, Vivienne Blake (Vivinfrance) had passed away. Vivienne was a generous soul, always the first to encourage and laud poets for their efforts, downplaying her own wonderful poetry. Her work was brilliant and brought her spirit to each and every one of us, no matter how distant in miles we were from her. Her sense of humor and sense of self were beyond reproach. Her final message to us on the eve of this July P.A.D. read as such:

“Thank you, and bon courage for all the prompting and reading. Sorry I’ve been missing a bit lately – I seem to have lost my poetic mojo. I’m off to UK tomorrow for a week, so perhaps travel will broaden my mind as well as my behind!

Vivienne Blake was a true lady and she will be sorely missed. The Bistro is closed, but her words and “heart” will live on. Bon courage, Viv.

And Bon Voyage!

Click here for Marie Elena Good’s interview with our Grand Dame of poetry, Vivienne Blake from May 23, 2012