Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the trinet, a seven-line form based on word count.

Well, a week after looking at the trilonnet, let’s discuss the trinet, which sounds similar but is not related in any discernible way that I can tell. I’ve found multiple examples and mentions of it online, and it was created by someone who goes by the name “zion.”

Here are the guidelines:

7 linesLines three and four have six words in each lineAll the other lines have two words per line

Some poets choose to center the poem for visual effect. However, there are no other restrictions for rhymes, subject matter, or syllables.


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Here’s my attempt at a Trinet Poem:

“foreword,” by Robert Lee Brewer

speak soft
listen hard
to the sound of her voice
telling you how it must be
moving forward
if there’s
a forward

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