Poetry Friday: Tricubes are taking over!

Sometimes you’ll share a post you feel is really important, and almost no one reads it. Other times, you’ll share a simple little writing prompt…and suddenly everyone is jumping in, trying their hand at it.

This post, for your information, is about the latter.

You see, I shared author/poet Phillip Larrea‘s tricube form a few weeks ago as an example of how one can stretch their brain muscles with exercises such writing in a specific form (i.e., haiku, sonnet, etc.).

(You can read that post HERE) The tricube form is based on the mathematical concept of “cubes”: the poem has 3 stanzas, with 3 lines per stanza, and 3 syllables per line.

I had no idea how inspirational that post would be! Folks were emailing me, sharing on Twitter, posting tricubes on their own blogs…and as I discovered yesterday, sharing them on Instagram!

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Paul Strikwerda

That’s right – my friend Paul Strikwerda, a fellow voiceover artist who hails from the Netherlands but calls the U.S his home these days (hence, his business name, Nethervoice), was so taken with the challenge that he wrote his own, which I shared last week, along with tricubes of many others.

Little did I know he would challenge his Instagram followers to write their own – and boy, did they! You can scan through them all HERE and read the many ways his followers responded – with subjects from tenacity and peace to music and reptiles. I loved reading through them all, and I’m sure you will, too.

After reading all these tricubes, there was only one thing I could do: write another! This was in response to Paul’s Instagram posts, as I thought about not just his kindness but also our similar backgrounds: two voiceover guys who both grew up recording stories onto our father’s old cassette decks (character voices, sound effects, and all), who both eventually worked in radio, who both left radio to work for ourselves doing voicework, and who both love writing – he as one of the top voiceover bloggers in the country and me as a children’s author.


Friendship’s voice
true, rises

up, reaches
across miles
and months, so

heard by those
who listen.

© 2021 Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved


It’s been nice seeing so many others tackling this form, too, like Christie Wyman and her students. Christie shows how she used this form along with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s Every Day Birds (Orchard Books) as part of a science/poetry/art lesson…brilliant! Blogger Denise Krebs also tried her hand at one, using a rather “unusual” subject…check it out here!

As I’ve stated before, should you decide to try writing a tricube of your own, I hope you’ll share it with me so I can post here for all to see! (If you share it on Instagram, be sure to include the hastag #tricube) I’ll likely be doing something completely different next week, but for all of today’s poetry links, please visit Bridget at wee words for wee ones, where she’s hosting the complete Poetry Friday roundup!


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18 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Tricubes are taking over!

  1. Matt, I suppose it’s safe to say that one never really knows how things will take off. I’ve played around a bit with tricubes, and enjoy their compact form (and they challenges they bring!). Thanks for revisiting this, and for the new poem!


  2. Matt,
    How fun that you started a new trend. I will look forward to writing some with my students soon. I remember as a child practicing counting syllables in words, but never with a purpose in mind. Had my teachers taught haiku, tricube, and playing with rhythm and rhyme, I would have grown up realizing that syllables, like math, had purpose. I am new to the Poetry Friday community, but earlier this week, as I was looking for how to participate I found your hosting on last Friday’s post. I was inspired to try a Tricube too on my blog: https://mrsdkrebs.edublogs.org/2021/05/06/tricube/

    Thank you for the challenge!


  3. laurashovan222

    Your poem reminds me how grateful I am for technology. How else would we have stayed in touch during the pandemic year? I was just speaking with a group of kids about growing up in a time when long distance calls to my grandparents were an event (one we had to plan via airmail letters!)

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  4. lindabaie

    While others will gripe about social media & it does have its downs, I love hearing about your friend spreading the word about tricubes, Matt. That is awesome1


  5. haitiruth

    I love your story of tricube connections, and also today’s new tricube! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com


  6. Hooray for the camaraderie and community of the creative world!

    I was inspired by your tricube post last week to write one as well. It’s my Poetry Friday post this week.


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