Whittled Words – Tricube Poem



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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:

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TRICUBE POEM

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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!

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Examples of Tricube Poems:

 

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MY WORLD

 By writerdeviant

 

My crown bears

the deep thorns

of regret.

Memories

burn dark holes

in my mind

where no one

treads lightly

or remains.

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RESIST

 By Robert Lee Brewer

i avoid
dead end streets
like the plague

because i
don’t enjoy
backtracking

but the plague
is a street
with no end

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WHEN A CHILD DIES

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!

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EVERY

By Brad Osborne

 

 

Every path

Strewn with stones

Tread lightly

Every day

Lovely gift

Hold tightly

Every man

Given chance

Shine brightly

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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!

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

    I like these shorties with a message

  2. Definitely a style that I like, short, precise and clear. And your example was a bang good one!

  3. K.L. Hale says:

    Ooo, I love this style! Short, powerful, and impactful! 🥰❤️🤗😘

  4. kristianw84 says:

    I really like this form, and your poem is beautiful.

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    I love this style Brad and all the examples. Yours is always lovely.

    You voice trills
    Soft the tones
    Mother’s love

    Tiny eggs
    In your nest
    Keeping warm

    Your breast lay
    Soft upon
    Little wrens

    Every year we have wrens that lay eggs and the wrens are good parents. We get to watch them teach the little ones to fly. Thanks for always teaching us something new every week. Sending my love. Jonikins

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