WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Tritina Winner

These tritinas were fun to read. If sestinas are poetic marathons, these tritinas are like half-marathons (or even 10Ks). Sorry, the runner in me has to reach for that metaphor.

As usual, it was tough to figure out a top 10, and even more difficult to pick the winner. But I think I made the right decision (and I hope you agree).

Inafatuation, by Laurie Kolp

She came home with stars in her eyes
twirling her hair, a dreamy smile
out of touch; I stadium waved hello.

A boy from church had told her hello
on the school bus where their eyes
met a split second in time, she smiled

as she told me the story and I smiled
because love always starts with hello
a skip beat of the heart, locking eyes.

Hello teen years, I smiled then rolled my eyes.


As a parent (and former teenager), I love the exchange between mother and daughter and girl and boy in this poem. Congratulations, Laurie!

Here’s how the final top 10 settled:

  1. Infatuation, by Laurie Kolp
  2. Elegy for Two Finches, by Bruce Niedt
  3. A Tritina for Jeffrey, by Marian O’Brien Paul
  4. Montague Island, by Taylor Graham
  5. The tao of auto-body, by Andrew Kreider
  6. Crumbs, by Jane Shlensky
  7. The Edge of Reason, by Kevin DeRossett
  8. Song to the Tern, by Layla Coyle
  9. Recalling your swells, by Khara H.
  10. Chasing the Buzz, by Jessica Lafortune

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10, and thank you to everyone who took part in the challenge! It’s really incredible to see all the supportive comments even as everyone is essentially “competing” for the top spot. So one more congratulations to everyone in the community–it was a group effort!

If you want another challenge, stay tuned. I’m sure another will be coming down the pipe rather soon.


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27 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Tritina Winner

  1. Jessica Lafortune

    Congrats to all! My first Wed. poetic challenge accepted (publicly, anyway). Glad to have been among the ten, and as others have said, my fave (Tao of Auto Body) was on the list. Thanks to Robert and to the supportive poets out there. Proud to be among you. 🙂

  2. Layla Coyle

    Congratulations Laurie! I love that poem! And congrats to the other top ten as well, especially Jessica Lafortune and Marian O’Brien Paul- yours were my favorites!!

  3. RJ Clarken

    Wow! Congratulations to Laurie (yay!) and the Top Ten (I’m delighted to see so many friends on this list – and of course, congrats to everyone who took part in the challenge! Great list, Robert! WooHoo!

  4. De Jackson

    Try Tina? Sure! (They came, they wrote, they conquered.)

    Congratulations to this wonderful list
    of poets, who played with words
    and deserve our most sincere kudos.

    Indeed, many heart-felt kudos
    to those courageous souls who list
    -ened to both form and frame of words.

    These humble, hallow, happy words
    are not enough poetic kudos
    to offer the amazing poets on this list.

    Sincere kudos, Weavers of Words, for making this esteemed list.

    So happy to see so many familiar names. Many of these were my favorites, too, and Laurie, I love yours!

  5. Jennifer R Jackson

    Congratulations to everyone! I saw some of my favorites in the top ten but many were very good. I don’t envy Robert’s job, that’s for sure.

    1. The Happy Amateur

      Laurie, this is such a wonderful poem! I tried to keep up with the tritinas as they were coming, but I missed yours somehow, read it for the first time this morning, and it made me happy! Congratulations!

      Congratulations to all the tops! 🙂

  6. Linda.H

    YEAH, LAURIE! You go, girl! I am soooo happy for you.

    Congrats to Khara and Jane and Bruce and Andrew and all the other winners.

    And let me say Robert….that was very quick. Also, can’t wait to see what your next challenge might be. I was too busy to take part in this one but hope to try the next.

    Have a nice weekend, everyone.


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