Writing prompt of the day: Write a Triversen poem.

Writing prompt of the day: Write a Triversen poem.

The Triversen, created by William Carlos Williams, is a poem of eighteen lines, organized into six stanzas. Each stanza contains one trimeter sentence split into three uneven phrases (one per line). Each line contains 1-4 strong stresses. The first line is a statement of fact or observation. The second and third lines build the tone, continue the metaphor, or support with associated ideas and conditions. The poem is unrhymed and sometimes relies on alliteration to accentuate stresses.

Your challenge is to write your own Triversen poem. Let go of the expectations by making it a ROUGH draft.

Here is my attempt to write a Triversen poem:

Goose Poop and Feathers

Mom sent us to Aunt Cindy’s

when our blended family

wasn’t blending.

Two sisters

running away from

adult choices.

We slid our fingers

along walls of art,

telling ourselves their stories.

Then filled our guts

with peanut butter sandwiches

and slipped into swimsuits.

The sidewalk by the pool was covered

with goose poop and feathers,

but we swam anyway.

Until I took off my swimsuit,

Threatened a naked escape,

to test the meaning of love.

Now go write your own and share it in the comments below.

Free the writer!

Rachel Michelle

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