Visiting (H)ours — A Tricube Poem

Robert Lee Brewer is an editor for Writer’s Digest, and hosts their poetry blog Poetic Asides. He provides weekly prompts, facilitates two Poem-A-Day (PAD) challenges each year (in April, for National Poetry Writing Month; and November, for a chapbook challenge that coincides with National Novel Writing Month), and throughout the year he introduces new poetry forms and often hosts a challenge for those new forms. The April and November PAD challenges, and the form challenges, result in a winner (or winners) being chosen.

In January this year, we were introduced to the Tricube form, and the related challenge was posted in February.

Here are the rules of tricubes:

  • Each line contains three syllables.
  • Each stanza contains three lines.
  • Each poem contains three stanzas.

So we’re talking cubes in mathematical terms (to the third power). No rules for rhymes, meter, etc. Just three, three, and three.

On May 3rd, Robert posted his selections for the top 10 Tricubes. And for the first time in six years of participating in various challenges, my name was on the list! I had submitted three Tricubes, and here is the one that placed in the top 10:



Every day
he shows up
to have lunch

with her; she
doesn’t know
who he is.

He still comes,
because he
still knows her.



  1. Way to go, PW. This is phenomenal work! Salute! Along similar lines, I have a (shot-ish) prose piece due out later this month, touching on very similar ground, called “The Kindness of Strangers”. I’ll letcha know when it’s up.
    Congratulations, poetry goddess!


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