One Cannot Attempt or Invent Perfection

NaPoWriMo Day 7: Our prompt for Day Seven comes to us from Gloria Gonsalves, who challenges us all to write 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.

Walking to the rooftop it was the view she had long imagined
In her wildest dreams this expanse of warmth she could not invent
Once she wore a lipstick that was the closest attempt

She wanted to freeze this moment, inhaling deeply as an attempt
Once she exhaled the present would pass away she imagined
Instead there was a gift only God could invent

Strong arms held her, “If there wasn’t a you, you I’d have to invent”
He whispered in a low voice in an earnest attempt
Indeed the scene before her was all she had imagined

Perfection in the present moment, rather than a feeble attempt to invent the lesser imagined.

~Just L (April 7, 2016)

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