I said this one would be something to help the brain cells survive the Christmas excesses. It’s a Tritina, introduced to me by Jennifer Knoblock and in the explanation she directed me to, it isn’t nearly as complicated as I’d thought.
I’ll use the example of the tritina I wrote a few days ago.
First, pick three words and number them. In this instance, they are
Copper (1) stone (2) silence (3)
These words are your end of line words so your first three line stanza looks like this:
Sun hangs low, a disc of copper (1),
Burning cold as any stone (2),
Winter world in thrall to silence (3).
For your second stanza, the order of the end words is 3, 1,2 so you get:
Upon the lake the swan in silence (3),
Bows her head in reflected copper (1),
Yearns for lost mate, her heart a stone (2).
The third stanza the order of the end words is 2, 3, 1 so you get:
The mountain glowers, cloud-grey stone (2),
Dropping rain into the silence (3),
Swan sails west where the light glows copper (1).
The final stanza is a single line using all the end words in the order 1, 2, 3.
Copper dims, and the stone grows colder, in winter silence the lone swan weeps.
Ideally you would introduce a slight twist in meaning in that last line, but I find that part well nigh impossible. See if you can manage it.
If you want word prompts here are a few:
Snow, starlight, rushing.
Silver, winter, hope.
Harsh, birdsong, falling.
Leaf, wind, russet.
Looking forward to seeing your poems. Post here or leave links when you get a few spare minutes. Have a wonderful next few days and don’t forget to keep writing. That’s important too 🙂