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April – National Poetry Month
Lynda’s Poetry Class – The Tritina Poem
by Lynda McKinney Lambert
What comes to mind when I mention soul-food?
Is it something beige and boring, like hummus?
Maybe the taste of a fresh-baked buttered bun?
Blended with olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic on a bun?
A Middle-eastern delight of exotic soul-food
My go-to food is chickpeas ground into hummus.
I am convinced the best treat on earth is homemade hummus
Sprinkle in pine nuts or chili peppers and spread on a sesame seed bun
It’s an easy-to-make healthy, nutritious soul-food
My favorite soul-food is a glob of hummus with black olives plopped on a fresh poppy-seed bun.
“Soul Food” is a TRITINA poem.
How to Write This Poem?
Tritina has 3, 3-line stanzas. (9 lines, plus an envoy line)
Tritina begins by selecting 3 words. Each will be used for line endings.
In this poem, I chose 3 words:
soul-food – hummus – bun
Tritina ends with a FINAL LINE and that line contains all 3 of your previously selected words.
Keep those words in your final line and in the same order as when you selected them.
The pattern looks like this
Lines 1 2 3 – End words of lines in first tercet.
Lines 3 1 2 – End words of lines in second tercet.
Lines 2 3 1 – End words of lines in third tercet.
The ENVOY Line (1 2 3) – All 3 of your words are in the final line.
GOOD TO KNOW:
Row 10 of the Tritina is the final line.
It can also be called an Envoi or envoy in poetry.
This line is used to describe: a short stanza at the end of a poem such as ballad, used either to address an imagined or actual person or to comment on the preceding body of the poem.
Read another Tritina Poem by Lynda “Eggplant Parmesan and Spaghetti”
Courtesy of Lynda McKinney Lambert, Pennsylvania Author and Visual Artist.
Poetry and Photography by Lynda McKinney Lambert.
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Thank you for your interest and enjoyment of my poem and photographs.
It is my pleasure to share a little piece of my world –
The Village of Wurtemburg, in western Pennsylvania.
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