When I need to break your hold,
Loose my grip; when I need to hold my fire–
All I can do is drive.
In the city you drive
Me to distraction; you hold
Me accountable for every fire.
Out here, the sting of salt-smoke–the fire
In my chest–dominates my drive.
I breathe it in, as much as I can hold.
Don’t hold back. Fire up the engine. Slip into gear, one hand on the wheel. Just drive.
It’s a yeah write poetry slam! Some of our editors and friends are on a tritina kick lately – in fact, some of us (*ahem*) have admitted that we may have a problem. Want to give one a try? Give us a shout at the coffeehouse and we’ll give you three words. In the meantime, check out the other tritinas this week!
- Arden: Excavation (3 words: mine, treasure, keep)
- Cynthia: Trying to tritina (3 words: fair, gold, spun)
- Erica: A comb, a chain, a task to follow (3 words: comb, chain, follow)
- Jenny: The Farmer’s Wife and the Crow (3 words: crow, sorrow, secret)
- Nate: Superstition (3 words: pay, seven, key)
- Meg: Striations (3 words: silver, touch, ease)
- Rowan: Lunch Date (3 words: mark, steal, lie)
- Stacie: Flip of a Coin (run, coin, fly)
16 thoughts on “Mojave”
Kicking it, Christine!!
That second stanza just, boom, and the enjambed Me’s, whoa. < 3
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Everyone beat me to it, but I’ll say it anyways. A lyrical masterpiece!
I agree with Stacie – you have a wonderful gift, Christine, your poetry always sings! As I said in another comment – it inspires me to give a tritina a try! (But I couldn’t find the thread in the coffeehouse…..)
Thank you so much for your kind words, Empress! I’m relearning to love poetry lately.
We haven’t started a thread yet! I’ll do that ASAP. Or you can go ahead and start one yourself! 🙂
This is amazing! You have such a talent for working three words into something profound and beautiful. I think a tritina addiction is a pretty good problem to have 🙂
I love how that last stanza is like shifting gears.
Gorgeous, Christine. ❤
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Lyrical, poetic as always, Christine.
I love how lyrical this is, Christine. It seems to come so naturally to you. I would love to have that gift.
Link not coming soon!
Darn it! Well. If you do write a post about trying to write a tritina, I’ll link to that. 🙂 In the meantime, I’ll edit.
I’m working on it now, complete with links to everyone else. That’s how I discovered this.
*hahaha* Well, I’m leaving your three words up. Because reasons.