A Triversen poem has the following characteristics:
- Each stanza equals one sentence.
- Each sentence/stanza breaks into 3 lines (each line is a separate phrase in the sentence).
- There is a variable foot of 2-4 beats per line.
- The poem as a whole should add up to 18 lines (or 6 stanzas).
Here's my attempt at a Triversen poem. It sets a tone of sadness, but in this case that was my brief as a poet.
when they buried old Earl
a murder of crows
sat in a nearby tree
the shadow of a cloud
passed over the mourners
who shuddered in the cold air
Earl was buried in an old suit
his favourite battered hat
and a photo of his dog.
the last time I saw Earl
but we shared a few words
A life gets recounted
and then put away
the crows held the tree captive
then shook their sooty feathers
and flew towards the sun.
Alan j Wright