Every year I try to share at least one or two, sometimes
more, poetic forms that are even new to me, after all these years of running this
annual poetry challenge.
I know it’s early – only the sixth day, but I wanted to try
something new today – Don’t let the simplicity of this poem fool you. It may be
short, but the constraints of this poetry form make it very challenging.
It’s a mathematical poem, of sorts, created by Phillip
Only three rules ~
line contains EXACTLY three syllables.
stanza contains EXACTLY three lines.
poem contains EXACTLY three stanzas.
Just three, three, and three.
So we're kind of talking about 3 to the 3rd power, three times, right? No other rules – rhyming is not needed, there is no special meter (BUT YOU MUST CHECK YOUR SYLLABLES – ONLY THREE SYLLABLES per line).
Here's your handy-dandy online syllable counter
It’s surprisingly tricky. Here are a couple I came up with but I’m expecting great things from y’all because every day, you participants never cease to amaze me (I’m mostly seeing them in our closed FB group – you need permission to join) but wonderful poems are offered every day during poetry month, so let’s see what you can do with this. Remember, 3 syllables per line, 3 lines per stanza, 3 stanzas per poem. THE END – if you share a poem with 5 or 6 stanzas or more than 3 syllables per line, I’m sure it would be a nice poem - - - of some sort or another - - - but it wouldn’t be a “tricube.”
Hide the sun
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Crabs run out
Time to go
PLEASE REMEMBER ~ any poetry
found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used
without my permission, other than sharing it as an example in a lesson or to
read it to someone. The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments
of this blog or elsewhere online as a result of this challenge. They are the
creative property of the person who writes them. These poems are their original
work and no one may use them without their permission. It is understood that
they own the copyright to them as soon as they create them and especially once
they post them. Thanks so much!
*** Also, if you choose to post your poems on
your own blog ~ that’s awesome. But PLEASE don’t just copy and paste my daily
instructions, but rather post your poem on your blog or your FB wall or
wherever AND LINK BACK TO THIS BLOG POST for others to come here to read the
instructions. I’ve spent considerable time researching the poetry forms and
writing them up to share with you. Thanks for respecting my work.