a Rondeau, orgiinally published by Star Trek Quarterly
Originally published by Star Trek Quarterly, April 2022
Pea Flower Tomioka
These are the Voyages of the Starship Divorce
These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise
As I sit, couch pressed, dried petal reprise
Another night chosen alone from your arms
Sit gulf ocean split side, redshirted alarm
I've boldly gone fantasy with the future franchised
Spoke prophet with Sisko, poemed Guinan's wise eyes
Poured love into cats, subbed tribble purr warm
These are the voyages
Of your silence. Space frozen. My heart on the side.
Never explored, a toy cast aside
Your Storm Trooper swamp kiss a noxious grief farm
Conservative Trumper thump dead to the charm
I lost the translation, babel fish to your fry
These aren't my voyages.
Tomioka, Pea Flower. "These are the Voyages of the Starship Divorce", Star Trek Quarterly, April 2022. https://startrekquarterly.wordpress.com/2022/04/02/spring-2022/
A Rondeau is a french poem with a rhyming scheme, fifteen lines, three stanzas, and a refrain. The refrain is built from words in the first line, represented below with an (R). The rhyme scheme is a simple A/B approach, with the overall structure detailed below.
The refrain is usually short, and the rhyming lines are generally between eight and ten syllables in length, making a Rondeau a quick, playful approach to form poetry.
About the author
Pea is an artist focused on building an art therapy platform through transformative art and positive erotica to help victims of sexual violence reclaim their power. She lives on a small island and hides from loud noises.