Blaming the Victim: a Tritina

Her feelings aren’t in dispute.
How much did she have to drink?
Silence the victim numb with blame.

Shame will color dark that blame,
Her facts and slut skirt in dispute.
Ply your prey with parties and drink,

possibly plop a pill in her drink.
Fever the horizon with blame
so “stop” can be in dispute.

Dispute her blame with drink and shame.

Brenda Warren 2016

Notes: Feeling in a rut this seventh day of April, I decided to watch a documentary movie, and fit it to both Elizabeth’s prompt, and the prompt at NaPo.

NaPo prompted a poem in the form of a tritina. This consists of three tercets with repeating end words in the pattern, ABC, CAB, BCA. The tritina is finished with all three end words contained in a single line.

The documentary I watched on Netflix was The Hunting Ground. It is about the crisis of rape on college campuses. My feelings of anger and indignation after viewing this film, felt constrained by the tritina form. For me, anger is often well served with a villanelle or a pantoum.


7 thoughts on “Blaming the Victim: a Tritina

  1. Wow … the constriction of the form augmented the sentiments of anger I felt, it seemed somehow to reflect the frustration and devastation of the victim … a hard subject to write thanks for sharing.

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  2. Because writing is my form of therapy, I’ve never considered using a form to work out my anger. Too restrictive and caged in rules which would only heighten the anger. Yet, I’m watching you do it and realizing that it might be time to at least try it on for size, rather than letting my anger and the rebellious streak it engenders lead. You are showing me so much and I thank you. This piece works well because there is a sense of the anger leashed, kept within the control of the speaker. Brava, again,


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