Woman of Steel

Bemidji Girl

Woman of Steel

(A Triple Interlinked Triolet)

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When chanced upon perfect woman of steel,

My thoughts were that I had become insane.

The possibility seemed too unreal,

When chanced upon perfect woman of steel.

But I must admit certain appeal.

To my surprise, it couldn’t be more plain,

When chanced upon perfect woman of steel,

My thoughts were that I had become insane.

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When chanced upon perfect woman of steel,

Had hidden history I didn’t reveal.

Things, from a loved one, you shouldn’t conceal.

When chanced upon perfect woman of steel,

She broke under my haphazard ordeal,

This powerful woman that then wouldn’t heal.

When chanced upon perfect woman of steel,

Had hidden history I didn’t reveal.

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When chanced upon perfect woman of steel,

I never imagined I’d cause her pain.

She felt raw emotions I didn’t feel.

When chanced upon perfect woman of steel,

Too me it was small, to her a big deal,

A powerful force that ran through her brain.

When chanced upon perfect woman of steel,

I never imagined I’d cause her pain.

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Author Notes Woman of Steel is every woman. 


Women are strong, but they can break. Once, in our early marriage, my wife and I went on a Marriage Encounter weekend. One of the exercises was to tell your spouse a deep dark secret – something you’ve never told anyone else ever before. Well, I was honest. That was a mistake.


I was inspired to write this poem by Adewpearl’s poem, Said I Swear. The challenge was irresistible, but I changed around her sequence to fit my story.


This poem is a series of three interlinked Triolets. A Triolet poem is an 8 line poem with a fixed format and repeating lines. Line one and two get repeated. Line one repeated on line four and seven. Line two repeats on line eight only. There is also a fixed rhyme scheme of only two rhymes (a & b). The scheme is:

ABaAabAB, where the capital letters represent the repeated lines. 

For this poem, there are three separate Triolets, with the same A refrain is repeated throughout, but the repeated second line varies in the second and third stanzas. In the first Triolet the B line is repeated as normal, but in the third one, there is a new repeated line of B2. The second triolet replaces the B line with a second A line, becoming A2, and therefore, that stanza becomes mono-rhymed with two different repeating lines. So, that all can be expressed in the following rhyme scheme format:

ABaAabAB AA2aAaaAA2 AB2aAabAB2


This photograph was taken by the author of a statue located in downtown Bemidji, Minnesota. I modified it a bit to create the image for this poem.

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