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Tilus: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the tilus, a fun three-liner.

This week's poetic form is concise: 10 syllables in three lines. The tilus (pronounced "tee-loo-hz") was invented by Kelvin S. Mangundayao.

Here are the guidelines:

  • Two stanzas
  • First stanza two lines; second stanza one line
  • Six syllables in first line, three syllables in second line, and one syllable for final line
  • So 10 syllables total
  • Poem should be focused on nature opening up the world for subject

I found an explanation from Kelvin on the nature component on the dVerse site: "The main focus of Tilus is on the world of Nature, and how it can open a new door to a wider understanding of life and beyond. The form aims to be epic in emotions expressed, more importantly, than to be epic in words." 

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The Complete Guide of Poetic Forms

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Here’s my attempt at a Tilus Poem:

“coloboma,” by Robert Lee Brewer

night rain puddles reflect
her precious

eye

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