Tricube 4/30 #npm23 #sol23

Neigborhood Walk

Raindrops fall
Mud puddle
Boy Splashes

Neighbors pass
Walking dogs
Happy tails

Crocus blooms
Sign of spring
Not long now


Ramona introduced me to the tricube form in her poem, Springtime Dance, written to mark her 1,333rd blog post. I don’t have anything neat to celebrate with my tricube (beyond finally a spring sighting!), but it’s a neat form: 3 stanzas, 3 lines per stanza, 3 syllables per line.

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19 responses to “Tricube 4/30 #npm23 #sol23”

  1. margaretsmn Avatar

    We don’t have crocuses this far south. I love seeing all the posts about the first sign of spring. Thanks for reminding me of the tricube form. While it has a simple premise (3x3x3), it can be hard to condense a thought to such constraints. This one places me right there watching the boy splashing in the puddles.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I thought the tricube was going to be so easy, and it was actually quite challenging. I’m still not pleased with some of the lines, but with a daily challenge, at some point it has to be done for now! The boy splashing in the puddle had his tabby cat outside to play with him! She ran under some bushes when I walked by, but I wanted to find a way to get her into the poem. Couldn’t make it work!

  2. Glenda Funk Avatar

    I’m here to encourage that weekly slicing habit and get a glimpse of that gorgeous photo. Spring has not arrived here. We are buried in several inches of new snow. I’m adding tricube to my poetry repertoire.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I love winter and love new snow, but I am OVER IT officially this winter! So ready for spring! I hope your snow melts quickly and is followed by some warm days to hurry spring along. Thank you for visiting and encouraging the Tuesday habit. I’m hoping if I can post every Tuesday in April, maybe it will be easier to continue the habit into May!

  3. Melanie Meehan Avatar

    Oh, I’ll be passing this along to the teachers who are teaching our summer writing academy on poetry. Love this!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I think students would very much enjoy working in this form!

  4. arjeha Avatar

    Glad to see you here today. I agree with Margaret that because this poem is so concise word choice is so important. Each of your stanzas paints a different portrait of spring. Our crocuses are in bloom as well as our hyacinths and forsythia. Love these signs of spring.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I have seen the first hyacinth as well! But no forsythia yet! Spring truly feels like it’s here when the forsythia bloom!

      1. arjeha Avatar

        Out forsythia is in bloom and is like a spot of sunshine greeting us when we open the curtains in the morning.

  5. Trish Avatar

    Thanks for the inspiration, Elisabeth. You make me try new things, the mark of a great teacher!
    Cat in lap
    deep asleep
    Pur puddle

    daylight peeks
    said I’d work

    why I say
    yes when I’d
    rather not.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I love this so much! The purr puddle to wondering why we say yes when we really mean no!

  6. Leigh Anne Eck Avatar
    Leigh Anne Eck

    I had one little crocus and one little daffodil this year! Kind of a disappointment. I love your tricube. It is a fun yet challenging form. Boys and puddles just go together, don’t they?

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I don’t have any crocus or daffodils planted, but my neighbors have both so I just enjoy theirs. Houses and yards are very close together in my neighborhood, so their daffodils practically feel like they’re in my yard anyway! Do you have any rodents who eat bulbs? At other houses, mine have disappeared!

  7. Natalie Dunne Avatar

    Love this! Especially the crocuses! I love all things flowers and I just saw some popping up in the middle of a wooded area near my house. Not in anyone’s yard, just out on their own. Loved it.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      How wonderful to see wild crocus in the woods. That sounds so beautiful!

  8. Ramona Avatar

    I popped by to read a few slices and I’m feeling bad for not posting today. I have a haiku I put on IG yesterday. Maybe it’s not too late for me to sneak in a slice.
    I’m glad you enjoyed the tricube form. Thanks for the shout out.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Never too late to sneak in a slice! But it’s also ok to miss a day. Maybe next Tuesday would work better for a post!

  9. pfornale Avatar

    Very compact–and your verse reminds me of the Imagists such as Amy Lowell and Ezra Pound. Splashes, tails, and crocuses…thanks for this.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      This is an interesting form to work with and definitely challenged my thinking. Thank you for visiting and commenting!

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