Whittled Words – Tricube Poem


Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:




Unlike the many classical forms we have already covered in this series, the Tricube is a newer form and relatively unknown. Plus, it is fun and easy to learn. This mathematical poem was introduced by Phillip Larrea.

Here are the rules of tricubes:

  • Each line contains three syllables.
  • Each stanza contains three lines.
  • Each poem contains three stanzas.

So, we are talking cubes in mathematical terms (to the third power). No rules for rhymes, meter, etc. Just three, three, and three. It is as easy as that!


Examples of Tricube Poems:




 By writerdeviant


My crown bears

the deep thorns

of regret.


burn dark holes

in my mind

where no one

treads lightly

or remains.



 By Robert Lee Brewer

i avoid
dead end streets
like the plague

because i
don’t enjoy

but the plague
is a street
with no end



By Joseph Moon


A sad heart
pounds in vain
her young Son

Laid to rest
church bells chime
as rain falls

Soft dirge songs
wet tired eyes
Cry! God cries!



By Brad Osborne



Every path

Strewn with stones

Tread lightly

Every day

Lovely gift

Hold tightly

Every man

Given chance

Shine brightly


I hope you have enjoyed this entry to the series, Whittled Words. I look forward to your comments, and if you dare, maybe share your own Tricube poem. Thanks for reading!

15 Responses to “Whittled Words – Tricube Poem”
  1. beth says:

    i love this free and easy style

  2. joyroses13 says:

    “Shine brightly”… brought a smile to me!

  3. Jim Borden says:

    my kind of style! I liked your last three lines; all most of want and need is hope and a chance…

  4. This is a very nice and meaningful style and your example was brilliant!

  5. You have made the most of your chance to shine brightly.

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    I like this poetry style. Lovely. All the examples were lovely and yours was beautiful Brad. I wrote a little one.

    Dive from sky
    The mighty

    Stream line flight
    Fastest bird
    On this earth

    God sees her
    Divine sight

    Sending you lots of love dear Brad. Jonikins

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