Trinita for a Returning Flight
The artist’s mind craves the setting moon
as south-bound geese chase an amber red
and the returning jet consumes the sky.
Broad trees cooled in the earthen sky
grab for last minute light from the moon
while the passengers are soaked in red
memories – a plump heart, joyously red,
in a land not its own but under a shared sky
like the incomplete beauty of the crescent moon.
And the cupped moon petitions the vibrant red sky.
— by Sabio Lantz, 11/24/2014
This is a trinita, a formal poetic form recently created by Marie Ponsot (b.1921). A trinita is composed of three tercets and a one-line envoy using repeating last words in the form of: A,B,C/C,A,B/B,C,A/ABC. In my poem, I use: A = moon, B = red, C = sky.
Tonight while out jogging, I stopped and took this picture of the evening sky. The moment inspired poetic feelings, but words would not come. I wanted to write words for my image and feelings, but did not know where to begin.
Two years ago, I learned the benefit of using “form” in such moments. “Form” can offer a framework on which to slowly sketch out ones fuzzy feelings and impressions. However, one can not be too attached to their original impressions because the form can be demanding; it may run away with your mind, yielding something you never imagined would spring forth. This is just some of the beauty of using form as a method to write poetry.