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I decided to organize a weekly creative writing exercise in the office to sharpen the skills of the writing pool. Everyone takes a turn inventing an exercise or a prompt.

The only general rule we've been using is that it should be doable in an hour or so. We've also tried to keep things fun.

Please feel free to share your own exercise efforts by leaving a comment. You can do that at the end of each exercise by clicking on 'Share your own effort'. Enjoy!

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Exercise 16 - Tritina

Tritina is a 10-line poetry where there is NO rhyme scheme. Instead, it comprises of 3 stanzas and a final line which uses the 3 words in the starting sequence. Tritina follows this pattern:

A.. B.. C...
C.. A.. B...
B.. C.. A...



It Is War

A                              I have no wish to hurt you, Mr. Mole.
B                              My view was clearly made, blocking all your tunnels
C                              Or the large cat scents I did place around my home.

C                              No squatter's rights exist to the ground at my home.
A                              My house, occupied, takes precedence, Mr. Mole.
B                              Cease and desist in the making of more tunnels!

B                              This trickery you used on my dogs at your tunnels.
C                              Surely they knew, this place was not your home.
A                              They bother not a scratch or a bark for you, mole.

A,B,C                       (It is war with this mole who tunnels at my home.)


The exercise today was to write your own Tritina.  Below was what I wrote:



Quell not


Eyes of mystery, raven hair, lips of fire

Pain that never settles, forever burns

Caught in your web, my captive heart


Sense my agony and please have heart

Mercy I beg for my smoldering fire

A love unrequited and desire that burns


Yet I suffer your parting touch that burns

Like cruel brands that sear my heart

Still I struggle and nurse this lonely fire


Quell not the fire that burns in my heart

Posted at 05:11 pm by bisoy


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