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