My Holden Barina – Tercetonine

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My Holden Barina – Tercetonine

My Holden Barina rhymes with ballerina
I’d write a terza rima to my Barina
If only my muse would enthuse

An Aussie car is what I like
I’m so glad she’s not a bike
My mane will stay dry in the rain

She takes me from point A to B
Humming softly as a bumble-bee
Via alleyways and highways

To park her is a piece of cake
I can do it half awake
Into smallest space squeeze with ease

My Holden Barina rhymes with ballerina
For this little beauty here’s a rima piccolina
Not Dante’s terza, but a fine rhyme of mine


P.S., I created this form on 18 May 2012 out of sheer frustration of not being able to master Dante’s terza rima, the challenge on Day 8 in Susan Budig’s Mindful Poetry Contest 2012. (This link is not valid any longer.)

My creation on that day follows these rules:

Each stanza has 3 lines ( tercet).
The first two lines rhyme.
The third line contains internal rhyme.

The rhyme pattern in this poem is as follows:

aa(bb) cc(dd) ee(ff) gg(hh) aa(jj) – internal rhyme shown in brackets

I had checked terza rima and tercet on Wikipedia where I did not find a form like the one I had created. (18 May 2012).
With Susan Budig’s help this form was subsequently named Tercetonine, a combination of ‘tercet’ and ‘leonine’ or internale rhyme (rhymes between a word within a line, often from a medial position and one at the end of the line). My creation featured as a challenge in the Mindful Poetry Contest 2013, when I also had the honour to be the judge for the day. (This link is not valid any longer.)

I am for ever indebted to Susan, our most wonderful teacher, whose poetry and mentoring is appreciated by many. Encouraged by Susan to submit my poems for publication, this poem is among the poems published online and in print by Narrator Australia Volume Two.
Visit Susan’s Mindful Poetry blog at:

© irina dimitric 2013

Perhaps some of you might like to try out this form. If you write a tercetonine, please let me know, I’d love to read it. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Have a nice day! ~ Irina ~

About irinadim

Kookaburra sweet, you neither chirp nor tweet. Your laughter is much like mine, my cackle is much like thine. We are two sister souls, one clad in feathers, the other in clothes. ~ Irina ~ I’m a budding blogger. Poetry and photography are my newest passions, living in perfect harmony inspiring each other. I like both free verse and form poetry and am quite proud to let you know that I am the creator of a new form named ‘tercetonine’. Blog Name: Irina's Poetry Corner Blog URL:
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7 Responses to My Holden Barina – Tercetonine

  1. SAN_jeet says:

    Nice experiment with Words

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  4. DG MARYOGA says:

    Superb rima dear Irina!Back to the Australia Day … 🙂 xxx

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