NaPoWriMo Poetry Challenge Day 7: A Tritina

The prompt: “Our (optional) prompt for Day Seven… challenges us all to write a tritina. 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.”

Here is an example of a tritina below:

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


And now for my take on a tritina. 🙂


[Photo credit: Craig Grainas Photography]

“An Antiguan Tritina”


The sunshine spreads across the fertile land.

The fields are dappled with shades of green

and the blue skies make for a thing of beauty.


Antigua is known for its natural beauty;

the beaches, culture, people and land

can be witnessed in this paradise of green.


There’s more than shades of blue or green

that contribute to the island’s beauty.

It’s a blessed and treasured land.


A land clothed in beauty and green.


© Copyright Chattinatti 2016 ~

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