The Triveni is a relatively new form introduced by Gulzar, poet and Oscar award winning lyricist who won for best original song in Slum Dog Millionaire. The form is a popular 3 line verse mostly written in Urdu or Hindi. It uses the sher of the ghazal and adds a third line with a totally different perspective. It is a sort of Indian haiku without the syllable count.
The Triveni is:
- a poem in 3 lines.
- written in lines of equal length.
- written with a sher or complete closed couplet, a poem in itself. And concluded with single line which is an observation of the first 2 lines from a different perspective.
At the Office by Judi Van Gorder
The everyday routine of the office humms on and on,
questions, quotes, sales and claims document my day.
New lines for a poem flash from my computer screen.