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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Thankful Tritina

Catching up with NaPoWriMo from day #7. The prompt is:

Our (optional) prompt for Day Seven comes to us from Gloria Gonsalves, who challenges us all to write atritina. The tritina is a shorter cousin to the sestina, involving three, three-line stanzas, and a final concluding line. Three “end words” are used to conclude the lines of each stanza, in a set pattern of ABC, CAB, BCA, and all three end words appear together in the final line.
Confused? No problem — here’s an example!
Tritina for Susannah
The water off these rocks is green and cold.
The sandless coast takes the tide in its mouth,
as a wolf brings down a deer or lifts its child.
I walked this bay before you were my child.
Your fingers stinging brightly in the cold,
I take each one and warm it in my mouth.
Though I’ve known this shore for years, my mouth
holds no charms of use to you, my child.
You will have to learn the words to ward off cold
and know them cold, child, in your open mouth.
–David Yezzi
The form is a little complicated, but fun (and less complicated than a sestina, for sure!) Happy writing!


As you remember I posted this entry for Thankful Thursday when I arrived in Toronto. I didn't write that much because I had a pressure headache from the flight and I was tired. I decided to write a tritina of the adventures the flight attendant was telling me about during take off and landing (I think that's what helped with landing in Atlanta... I didn't have that while landing in Toronto).

Travels From a Flight Attendant's Viewpoint

The flight attendant exclaims as we lift off: "you'll just love Toronto!
Their poutine is the best, especially the poutine with the shards of duck!
Though all food is great when you are walking through the cold."

As we begin to ascend into the skies, I wish I had some of that duck,
though I love hearing his stories of traveling through Canadian cold;
and the bright lights, buzzing, a droning of people in Toronto.

Other people sitting by me said the city is still nice when it's cold,
especially for skiing, but there are events for all seasons in Toronto
and friendly people sharing their love for the Jays and duck.

In air, he shows me pictures of Toronto, poutine with duck, and beer so cold.

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