If you haven’t heard of the Triversen poetic form (aka Verset), you are in for a triple treat! Verset means “in one breath” and Triversen means “three.” This triple verse sentence structure is a poetic form developed by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) that allows a poet to write about any subject or feeling in a concise format. The basic rules are as easy as 1-2-3:
- Each stanza is composed of a single sentence, broken into three lines.
- The poem is usually unrhymed.
- The entire poem should add up to 18 lines (6 stanzas).
For this form, I decided on the subject of forgiveness after reading this quote by Mark Twain. It’s just so beautiful and if you’ve ever struggled with the idea of forgiving someone, you know how hard it can be. It’s a process.
Here’s the triversen I came up with:
THE F WORD Forgiveness is a marathon not quick, never easy. It's warming up, taking the first step and then another. It's leaving anger at the starting block along with bitterness. Forgiving is uncomfortable, like hot sun on exposed skin. It's falling and getting up again, despite the fatigue. I'm still running, I see the finish line ahead, but I'm not there, not yet. @Danna Smith at poetrypop.com All rights reserved
MORE ABOUT THE FORM
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