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Trilinea Form is New to Me

Jay O'Toole

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Jay O'Toole

Here are two poems made with a form that is completely new to me.  At the bottom of the post is a link that explains the form.

Summer flowers

Roses, vincas, hostas, bushes

Some are flowers


Stifled by heat

Roses drip with afternoon rain

Body feels beat


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Hi Jay,   Clever play on words In the first.  The second one  I can relate, it has been hot here although no rain. 

I believe the Trilinea (your source has a couple of misspells) has been around since the 50s and was first published in Pathways for a Poet, a book of poetic forms written for teachers and contributed to by teachers. I included it on my Haiku Wannabe page. The Trilinea appears to me to be a simplified 15th century Stornello which I think is more poetic. The Stornello is sometimes called Fiori which means "flower" so when I was writing a Stornello I did use the rose as a metaphor, very cliché but was perfect for me at the time. Using the word "rose" is not an element of the Stornello.



I rose to see
a world of possibilities
beckoning me.
            ~~Judi Van Gorder

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

For permission to use this work you can write to Tinker1111@icloud.com

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Jay O'Toole

Thanks so much, Tony!  

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