Friday, August 31, 2012

Tigers and Gazelles

         (A Tritina For the Doppelganger within)

Tiger roaming free, a predator or prey?
Interminable, a quotient of your star
The teeth, my dentistry, agitate equivocally

Correlative in mien, virulent smiles perch equivocally
Dismiss thou ubiquity, thereupon apace; hie sweet prey
Lest ephemerally glint thy fulgent star

Ingénue, esurience wrests hold my star
Unseen tenets stir equivocally
E’er toggling ‘tween predator and prey

Sweetest Prey, beseeching star, fates aligned, equivocally.

Over at D'Verse,  Sam Peralta is hosting Form-For-All and has introduced us to a pretty fun form, the Tritina.  In short, it's somewhat related to the popular Sestina.  For more, I urge you to take the time and read his excellent write-up of the form, including the history of the form and a brief bio of it's originator.  Once finished reading Sam's article, click on the Linky and check out the Tristina's created by the other poets at D'Verse.  And, as always, if you feel inspired, create a Tristina of your own, and then share it with D'Verse.

Another quick note:

Been kind of off-line past couple days, well off the computer anyhow. I was able to read all the comments that came in, but never had a chance to properly thank all those who congratulated me on joining the D'Verse staff.  

It is an honor to step behind the bar and am looking forward to, hopefully, creating some really interesting and inspiring posts.  Everyone over at D'Verse is top notch, and I've always felt that way.  In fact, I've always felt like a part of the D'Verse crew, which I'm sure I'm not the only one to feel as such.  I assume this is due to the engagement of the staff, who've ever only been respectful, educated, and willing to share/inspire/expand what and who they are, with... well, basically the world. 

So, needless to say, but I am thrilled to be joining such fine poets and more importantly people.  Anyhow, thanks again to all those who offered their thanks and support, sorry about not replying personally to each, but did want to make mention here at least.  Ok, enough about me.  Head on over and get your Tritina on!!!  Cheers.


  1. smiles...i think you will do a wonderful job at dverse are def creative...and a great guy as well...i may need to get a better dictionary between predator and prey...that about sums up life doesn't it...smiles...nice play on the form...

  2. This reminds me a little of the William Blake Tyger Tyger burning bright, poem.
    Powerful Fred. I love Tigers.
    Yes, congratulations on joining the dVerse crew. They are such a fabulously creative site aren't they :)

  3. Am impressed with the three words you chose, Fred.....and how you worked with the tritina form to its conclusion in the dynamite last line!

  4. I like the aligning of prey and predator Fred ~ Good work on the form ~

    Happy weekend ~

  5. A quotient of your star....this is stirring. the form is new to me and i am amazed at the prowess of the poets here at dVerse!

  6. Damn had to look up some words there, nice job with the form.

    You joined the dVerse staff? Where the hell have I been, hmph the cat must have been blind that day or something. Congrats, now the cat can bother you too haha

  7.'s a great honor having you on the team fred...really looking forward to what you bring into the pub.... very cool tritina...i found it not such an easy form and i think you filled it with deep meaning and it has no form(al) feeling at all...i like

  8. First - my own congratulations for joining the dVerse Staff. That is great, Fred.

    Second - lovely Trittina - the close works incredibly well especially. I found that the hardest part. Well done. k.

  9. You didn't choose the easiest end lines, Fred, but pulled it off well. Nice comments about the dVerse team, too. Thanks and looking forward to what you have to serve up.

  10. We are honored to have you and welcome again! This is an august poem, that ultimately poses the question - what is life, sometimes predator and sometimes prey. For life is meant to expire but all energy gives way to new energy because the stuff of life itself never dies.

  11. When I read your poem, I can't help thinking that this in a way evokes William Blake's "Tyger" and its metaphysical implications. In the same way, you weave a symbolic hieroglyphics around your own creation, turning the tritina into a philosophical discourse. Well done!