Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Day 6 - Tricube


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 Larrea.


Only three rules ~

  • Each line contains EXACTLY three syllables.
  • Each stanza contains EXACTLY three lines.
  • Each 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.”

Tell me why
Fleeting clouds
Hide the sun
It might rain
Maybe not
Wait, a drop 

Angry clouds
Make a fuss
Now I’m soaked

© 2022 Stephanie Abney

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Tide rolls in
Squishy sand
Crabs run out
Castles built
Sunburned face
Time to go
Made today
Last forever

© 2022 Stephanie Abney


                                                         (Image by Vlad Vasnetsov from Pixabay)

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.

1 comment:

Heidi L. Murphy said...

Here at last is my Tricube. Spent the day in the Temple.