Monday, February 08, 2016

Monday Poetry Stretch - Trine

The trine (prounounced treen) is a French Poetic form consisting of three rhyming couplets and a triplet. There is no fixed meter or syllable count. The rhyme scheme is:
a a / b b / c c / a b c.

So, there's your challenge for the week. I hope you'll join me in writing a trine (or two). Please share a link to your poem or the poem itself in the comments.


  1. Man, the Tool-using Animal: A Trine

    “. . .the emery board of a sycamore root”
    —Theresa Matlock

    Who says that animals can’t use tools?
    The lesser creatures are not fools.

    I’ve seen them using straw to test
    Insects hiding in a nest.

    Or make a fan of leaf or shoot,
    An emery board of sycamore root.

    Toss berries into trout-filled pools,
    Baiting trout to rise with zest.

    Besides those creatures don’t pollute.

    ©2016 Jane Yolen, all rights reserved 

  2. Just got a piece of artwork for my next year's poetry collection, Monster School, and it put me in a fall mood. Not to mention Tricia's note about the pronunciation of this poem type. And oh, "emery board of a sycamore root" is amazing! Nicely used: of course I'm picturing crows.


    One spooky night I write a trine,
    Octobering on Halloween.

    I put in witches, brooms, and rats,
    a sneaky wind and sly-eyed cats.

    I tuck a ghoul behind the door
    and scatter leaves across the floor.

    You find your fear bewixt, between,
    carried on the wings of bats,
    and we don’t see you anymore.

    —Kate Coombs, 2016
    all rights reserved

  3. Well played, Kate.I especially like the last line which sums up Halloween perfectly.

    1. Haha. Thanks! Got to be suitably creepy.

  4. It's well known that elephants
    never are seen wearing pants

    that ride up unattractively
    as they are going out for tea

    or to a moving picture show
    or watching them throw pizza dough.

    but all it takes are twenty ants
    to sting them like a bumble bee
    to make them push them down real low.