Each day on the NaPoWriMo web site there is an optional prompt. And while I don’t always use that prompt, today I did. The prompt was to write a tritina. Here is the definition the site gives for a tritina: “The tritina is a shorter cousin to the sestina, involving three, three-line stanzas, and a final concluding line. Three ‘end words’ are used to conclude the lines of each stanza, in a set pattern of ABC, CAB, BCA, and all three end words appear together in the final line.”
The poem began by my thinking of our asparagus bed and how I had waited too long to pick asparagus this year since, when I finally did go out to pick, the asparagus spears were taller than I am. Of course, once things got started, they developed a life of their own and went where they wanted to go instead of where I had thought they would go. Here is my tritina:
Is this a harbinger of things to come?
Will I be curst to lose at every turn?
Can something ever end this endless night?
The gentleness of morning ends the night,
but even with the sun the night returns
and with it, very soon the nightmares come.
I wish there was somewhere that I could turn
for solace, for protection from the night.
I wish I could be sure a time would come
when night would turn around and day would come.