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.

This first appeared on the blog in March 2017.



8 thoughts on “Senate (Tritina)

  1. Since you’ve been nosing around my blog somewhat, I thought I’d visit. If this is a comment on The World’s Most August Deliberative Body, finding an appropriately august poetic structure to hold a message is certainly required…..cuz nothing else can keep the bullshit at bay!

    Hope you’re doing well, Robert.

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  2. I suppose it does! Yes, Stephanie and I were stricken (Steph much worse than I), but we’re recovering. The fevers seem to be done with me, but Stephanie is still blooming, so to speak, though not badly. Her cough and breathing issues were the main worry. Matt has sailed through unscathed, though he was likely a carrier. It’s been an interesting month, to say the least.

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    • We probably won’t move in for a month or so. We need to recover sufficiently to pack our stuff, and of course can’t in good conscience let anyone in the apartment (like a moving company) until we’re sure the virus is no longer active. And we’ll have to find a moving company that will do the work during this time. I’m hoping that we may be able to move by mid-May. Sigh.


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