Post # 304
2 April 2020
National Poetry Month
A Poem – a- Day
a GIFT from
Lynda McKinney Lambert
A Spring-Cleaned Poem
by Lynda McKinney Lambert
My grandmother taught me stressful renewal begins in spring
when kitchen cupboards and drawers need cleaned
She’d rather be outside in her flower bed listening to a robin’s song.
My grandfather knew the twig-strewn lawn must be cleaned
I imagined he’d rather be playing his coronet or composing a asong
It’s hard to decide with so much work to do every spring
This morning, I heard an invisible performance of bird song
somewhere above treetops, I listened to the music of spring
Inside or outside, my family tradition reminds me it must all be cleaned
Nevertheless, last night I dreamed of writing this spring-cleaned song.
Today is DAY #2 of National Poetry Month.
“A Spring-Cleaned Poem,” is a Tritina 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 my poem, I chose 3 words: spring – cleaned – song
Tritina ends with a 1-line envoy and contains all 3 of your previously selected words.
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.
Line 10 (1 2 3) – All 3 words, in order, contained in the final line.
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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