Senate (Tritina)


Senate (Tritina)

Not imposition, but welcome.  The way
cooperation welcomes coercion, turning the
tenor of the intended phrase, opening

the statement to interpretation, opening
a point without dissension, in the way
of politics, agreeing which fact will shape the

morning, which truth will determine the
next word and the subsequent, as if opening
the issue, claiming to have found the way,

one way, the only, but never actually opening.

* * *

A Tritina might best be described as the lazy poet’s Sestina, consisting of ten rather than 39 lines, with the end words of the first stanza repeating in a specific pattern in the subsequent two stanzas. The last line includes all three end words.

The patterns:
The last line uses the end words in sequence following the pattern of the first stanza.



27 thoughts on “Senate (Tritina)

  1. For a second there, I thought you were going to write that the pattern is ABACAB. Ha! Anyway, so brilliant, Bob: word choice is spot-on (as ever), with truth and fact making appearances with new import. It is a demolition derby, indeed (right now; but I guess just about every generation thinks that, to some degree, at some time). Great work!

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  2. Personally I find the demo derby photo terribly apt; I subscribe to the “MegaVote” newsletter and it is so disheartening to read — every single time now — each vote that says “Passed” while my esteemed representatives in the minority voted “No” (or “Rejected” when they voted “Yes”). I can feel their bruises. I should send them this poem.

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  3. How timely. Also I would not have recognized the form had you not pointed it out — so much skill required to make it seem so effortless! And it suits the subject matter

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  4. Pingback: Senate(Tritina) – O at the Edges | #StPsy

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