The “Tritina” is a ten lined poem, divided over three tercets with a single line at the end of the poem. You can stop after the ten lines or create sequences to make a longer poem. Tritinas arose in the 20th century. They use three end words that are repeated throughout the poem.
Guidelines to writing a poem in Tritina form:
The poem has ten lines, grouped into three tercets and one conclusive line.
Tritinas have no meter requirements – However whatever meter you pick, you should try to stick with it to maintain the rhythm of your poem.
The rhyme scheme, if you choose to have one, is based on the three end words you choose.
Having chosen your three words, your pattern should look like this: ABC, CAB, BCA and the last line have all three words in it, bringing you back to ABC.
Deb Gibson, Canadian Artist, Kilarney, acrylic on canvas
I SEE FIRE
I see fire beyond the woodlands
Scorching bright red flames despite wind
Spreading like hell with no mercy
People were asking for mercy
No more bushes in the woodlands
Sudden departure of the wind
Why have you forsaken us, wind?
How come that you show no mercy?
Have we dishonoured your woodlands?
Save our woodlands, dear wind, have some mercy
(c) ladyleemanila 2016