The strange houses of Lee Madgwick-d’Verse prompt- Refuge: A Triolet

I first came across Lee’s work on Twitter – @LeeMadgwick – and was struck by his surreal landscapes, and those enigmatic buildings. I immediately wanted to share them with you guys, and see what poetry came out of them, and Lee was kind enough to give me permission to do that. Please stick with these images, as these are the ones we have permission for – but if you want to see more of Lee’s (amazing) work, you can find him at

So it’s very simple tonight – choose an image, and write a poem inspired by it. Please credit Lee, and please link back to this post, and to good old Mr Linky. And don’t forget to read and comment on other people’s poems.

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Shadows forge a crown of light
Combating joys and sorrows meet
Enchanted doves in easy flight
Shadows forge a crown of light
Sheltered moments free from plight
Exposing anguish to defeat
Shadows forge a crown of light
Combating joys and sorrows meet
Triolet Form

26 thoughts on “The strange houses of Lee Madgwick-d’Verse prompt- Refuge: A Triolet

  1. rothpoetry 09/13/2022 / 9:07 pm

    Bequtifully done, Susan. I love this line… Combating joys and sorrows meet

      • rothpoetry 09/14/2022 / 9:09 am

        Thank you. It reminds me of a beautiful choir song: “Where Joy and Sorrow Meet”

  2. Grace 09/13/2022 / 9:19 pm

    Like that crown of light – perfectly captures the photo.

  3. sarahsouthwest 09/14/2022 / 1:34 am

    You know, I was just thinking about triolets today! How strange, and how lovely to see such a well constructed one. Your repeated couplet is a killer!

      • sarahsouthwest 09/14/2022 / 8:48 am

        Oh, welcome! I hope you’ll do many more!

  4. rogblog666 09/14/2022 / 2:03 am

    my first encounter with triolets. might have to try this at some point. suits this pic well

    • Susan St.Pierre 09/14/2022 / 8:18 am

      I looked up different poetic forms and had a lot of fun with this. I will definitely use it again. Thanks!

  5. coalblack 09/14/2022 / 9:44 am

    I love the triolet form. Nice job!


  6. Truedessa 09/14/2022 / 10:20 am

    I recognized the form immediately as it is one I’ve always enjoyed writing and reading. Beautifully done

    • Susan St.Pierre 09/14/2022 / 10:30 am

      A wonderful form that I just discovered! It will be used again. I enjoyed it! Thank-you.

  7. dorahak 09/14/2022 / 1:59 pm

    The repeating first line — A much needed optimism.

    • Susan St.Pierre 09/14/2022 / 3:12 pm

      I enjoyed that form too. It produced the desired effect. Thanks!

  8. Margaret Schaff Bednar 09/15/2022 / 5:08 pm

    Joy and Sorrow – both are a part of life but joy plays such an important role of lifting us up. Its often so hard for a person to let o of sorrow though…

    • Susan St.Pierre 09/15/2022 / 5:57 pm

      So true. A crown of light with doves in flight goes a long way to bring peace. Thank-you for your thoughtful comment. 😊

  9. msjadeli 09/17/2022 / 9:56 pm

    There is a sense of mystery about this one. I get suspicious when “shadows forge a crown of light.”

    • Susan St.Pierre 09/18/2022 / 6:34 pm

      Interesting! I understand how it could be interpreted that way. 🤔👍

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