Playing with Tricube Poetry

Phillip Larrea, a poet from California, is credited with creating the poetic form called Tricube. It is deceptively simple. Three stanzas. Three lines per stanza. Three syllables per line.

Time to play!

First Day

Pencils sharp
Clothes sorted
Haircuts trimmed

Dawdling girl
excited boy
watchful pups

Quiet house
time to write
mother torn



Towel* wrapped bod
dripping hair
wet foot prints.

Dash through house
kids not shocked
“It’s just mom.”

Seize journal
before thoughts
drip down too.

*Okay, towel is technically two syllables, but not when you say it the normal way, right?

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