Poetry challenge #42: Tilus

The image this week is by Franz Marc, a painter whose portrayal of animals I like very much. This is one of his most famous horse paintings.


The poetry form I thought you might like to try is the Tilus, the same style of poetry as the haiku. Short and sweet: three lines of 6, 3, 1 syllables where the last word is a summing up of the first lines. You can find out how it works here.

With only ten syllables to play with, I’ll let you choose your own words. If you don’t take to the tilus form, any other short form will be just as acceptable. Please post the link to your post in the comments before next Tuesday for the round up.

Here is my atttempt.


Dream horses in a field

Ride with night



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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

34 thoughts on “Poetry challenge #42: Tilus”

  1. Glad to see you like the tilus — it’s an interesting challenge. And I forgot the one line word should sum up the two lines above it. No wonder I was finding it easier than I usually do structured poetry, ๐Ÿ™‚ Great choice of painting and poetry form.

      1. I’ve never tried a triolet, and I can not do haiku! Until shadormas and tilus, I was purely very free verse! With the occasional rhyming something! The hinge word — like that concept.

      1. This newbie is number 8 in the lineup! We now have our softball team! And yes, they each bring their own hint of fury into our family melting pot. I am blessed! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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