Kitchen Tritina


Foreword by Patricia Roth Schwartz: a tritina is a poetic form of three lines per stanza, each ending 
with one of three words used in alternating order, then a final line using all three words.

Working with words, my sanctuary
gives me a place the day can’t crush.
Out in the kitchen, waiting, parsnips

keep sweet. My favorite, parsnips
flavor a soup, just what a sanctuary
needs. I leave my desk, take garlic, crush

the cloves into something time’s crush
won’t hasten away. It’s parsnips
make the kitchen a sanctuary.

Crush garlic into parsnips, spoon up sanctuary.

-Patricia Roth Schwartz

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