Gillena Cox, TT






Starting October


 its already the first week of October
the strains of a Parang song
pulsating out of the taxi radio i hear
her sweet melodious voice
siren of Christmas first week of October
recalling reminding as the traffic flows
another first family there in the manger
wherein they laid the baby Jesus
the animals present there to auger
the likes of his majesty in the hay
and its only the first week of October


Gillena Cox created the fold form. THE FOLD takes credibility from haiku; it shares moments which are special simply and exactly. Grasping the tools of juxtaposition and contrast, THE FOLD crafts itself into a rhyming form of ELEVEN lines—unlike its three lined haiku progenitor. There is one rhyme continuing throughout the poem, occurring at every other line: uneven lines rhyme. Lines ONE FIVE, and ELEVEN carry the same last phrase, to form the EDGES of the FOLD. Line ONE repeats at line FIVE which is the CREASE of the FOLD.

Why eleven lines? Gillena was born on the eleventh day of the month.









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