Three Tercets


William Blake … ‘The Vision Of Christ Resurrected’

A Haiku, when written in English, is a 3-lined unrhymed tercet.
A Poetic  TERCET is essentially a verse of three-lines all of which end in the same rhyme and often written in iambic pentameter.  I print three of my own such Poetic TERCETS below .  . .



To start each morning he would kneel and pray;

He needed that to get him through the day.

At least his god would let him have his say.


He loved to speak and then have the last word.

His friends, such as they were, called him absurd,

The rest just closed their ears and nothing heard.


God said to Man I’ll give to you a choice,

Believe in me and then with me rejoice,

Or be a Trappist monk and lose your voice.




10 thoughts on “Three Tercets

  1. Roland, all charming pieces. It’s great that I can always learn something from your posts and then read such fine examples. Maybe you can teach an old dog (or backyard poet) a few new tricks after all. Thanks

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  2. A break of dawn feast ! Blake, information (which I did not know) and poetry. These Tercets I see as a type of intellectual, thought provoking 3 line Limerick for grown-ups. Though just the mention of the word Limerick seems to de-value what’s written. Most enjoyable ! I’ll be dusting off my Blake prints now.

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  3. I like the iambic pentameter though I really struggle to find the words to rhyme, this is taking the haiku deeper, three lines always seem to be able to tell a better story, or rather tell the whole story. Love the choice the most! Brilliant rhyming Roland!

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