The Coot’s Call

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The Coot’s Call (Triolet – 3)
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In tall swamp grass a Coot did hide,

Near fallen timber by the side.

Through shallow water saw it glide

In tall swamp grass a Coot did hide,

With plaintive duck calling, it cried,

A plea that carried on the tide.

In tall swamp grass a Coot did hide,

Near fallen timber by the side.

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I saw the pearly white duck bill,

In tall swamp grass a Coot did hide,

Was barely noticed from the hill.

I saw the pearly white duck bill.

To spot it gave us all a thrill,

We took the whole swamp sight in stride.

I saw the pearly white duck bill,

In tall swamp grass a Coot did hide.

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In tall swamp grass a Coot did hide,

So Lonely, looking for a mate.

It searched the site, both far and wide,

In tall swamp grass a Coot did hide.

It wanted cute Coot duck for bride.

The chance is great; he’ll find love’s fate.

In tall swamp grass a Coot did hide,

So Lonely, looking for a mate.

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Author Notes

The American Coot Duck is distinguishable by it’s white bill and dark gray/black body. I thought it was a log, until I heard it cry out. They are small ducks that are usually in a sizeable group, but this one was solitary. Thus the genesis of the poem.


This poem is a suite of 3 linked Triolets. A triolet is a poem of only eight lines with a rhyme scheme ABaAabAB. The fourth and seventh lines are the same exact line as the first. The eighth line is the same exact line as the second. I wrote this one in iambic tetrameter, and did a bit of inversion in the middle on the rhyme. The first stanza is also mono-rhymed which is somewhat of a departure.

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