Playing with Tricube Poetry

Phillip Larrea, a poet from California, is credited with creating the poetic form called Tricube. It is deceptively simple. Three stanzas. Three lines per stanza. Three syllable per line.

Time to play!

First Day

Pencils sharp

Clothes sorted

Haircuts trimmed


Dawdling girl

excited boy

watchful pups


Quiet house

time to write

mother torn



Towel* wrapped bod

dripping hair

wet foot prints.

Dash through house

kids not shocked

“it’s just mom.”


Seize journal

before thoughts

drip down too.

*Okay, towel is technically two syllables, but not when you say it the normal way, right?



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