top of page

Trying a Tricube...

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

I had never heard of a tricube... it sounds way too mathematical for poetry, first of all. Then again, I DO enjoy mashing together different disciplines, so... my interest is peaked.

I read about it on Matt Forrest Esenwine's blog and had to give it a go.

A tricube is a poem consisting of 3 stanzas, each of which have 3 lines, which each have 3 syllables (hence the name, tricube: 3x3x3 = 3 cubed).

Here's my inspiration: an early morning dog walk. I love when I am able to get out early, when it's still quiet, when the colors in the sky change minute-by-minute... and I am reminded that every day is a new opportunity, filled with potential. I wish I was able to do this every day... but there's work, schedules, comfort, sleeping... and all the other things that get in the way.


Sunrise wakes,

whispers: look…

notice me...

Colors shift,

fading fast --

reminds me:

Each day brings

promise and



Thinking more on sunrises, colors, and contemplation, I recently saw this Mark Rothko painting on a visit to MoMA...

I'd love to give my students a choice of paintings to look at and see how works of art can inspire poetry... then how their poetry can inspire a new work of art... and round and round we go... But more on all that later.

Have you tried a tricube? Give it a shot! It's a lot of fun, to write within such tight parameters. I'd love to read your tricubes, too, so drop one in the comments if you're feeling up to it!

56 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page