If I were a Carousel Horse (a triversen)


If I were a carousel horse
spinning through a warm summer night,
I would loose my bolts and take flight.

I would nicker to the crickets,
and run just to hear my hoof-beats
keep time with their evening singsong.

If I were a gilded pony,
racing sisters in wide circles,
I’d cut free my bedecked harness.

As the night wind shrilly whistled,
I’d call to those painted sisters,
and we’d race the stars for the moon.

If I were a horse with wings, I’d
mount the night clouds and take flight,
chasing after burning comets.

I would leave that circling circus
carousel to turn alone,
riderless and horseless, too.


For today’s prompt, take the phrase “If I Were (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles might include: “If I Were President,” “If I Were Smarter,” “If I Were a Little More Sensitive,” or “If I Were Born on April 14.” If I were you, I’d get poeming about now.


The Triversen is poetic form developed by William Carlos Williams.

The Rules:
Each stanza equals one sentence.
Each sentence/stanza breaks into 3 lines (each line is a separate phrase in the sentence).
There is a variable foot of 2-4 beats per line.
The poem as a whole should add up to 18 lines (or 6 stanzas).