Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-Challenge
Fussy Little Forms: Tritina (posted by Marian)
“Tritina is the more compact step-sister of sestina and villanelle, two forms that I (you?) find difficult! But somehow in this shorter version it seems manageable. Could be I’m wrong, but let’s try anyway. Tritina was invented by the American poet Marie Ponsot, who says about strict poetry forms:
“The forms create an almost bodily pleasure in the poet. What you’re doing is trying to discover. They are not restrictive. They pull things out of you. They help you remember.”
So the rules of tritina are as follows. It is a ten-line poem with three tercets and a final line, featuring three repeating, non-rhyming line-end words, like this:
The final line contains all 3 words as 1-2-3
On walking trail under a hot sun
a river otter waddles down the path.
Odd to see this sleek creature on pavement.
Bloated slugs stick to concrete pavement.
White streaks of light shimmer in the sun.
Two dogs, tongues lolling, want off path.
We head home at the end of the path.
Dog pads are burning on hot pavement.
Inside, we drank water, hope for setting sun.
Even a sun lover needs to find the path home when pavement sizzles.