Pithy, evocative imagery in three-legged microcosms of meaning.  Having coined the term ‘triologism’ I believe this to be the only collection of these tum-tee-tum phrases in the universe.  Updated Tuesdays … triologism day!  

Slow-drifting years

Something memorable fresh and sharp in the mind even after many 'slow-drifting years'.

An unusual concept as for me, and...

Wave-worn boulders

An alliterative view of things water-worn over time.  I have a burgeoning collection of sea-smoothed pebbles and fragments of glass...

Hollowed-out pineapples

Having had refreshing cool drinks out of hollowed-out coconuts, I like hearing of the equivalent in pineapples, and of course,...

Of shooting shadows

This expertly aimed spear casts a shadow as it flies through the air, and its reach is far. Surprising then that...

Wheat-complexioned face

You would not expect that this unusual hue - wheat-complexioned - describes a young and uncertain Jesus. Kazantzakis' surprising version...

Bun-faced man

Bland and bun-faced isn't a winning combination, even before he imposes his cricket-talk on people who don't share his enthusiasm.

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Shovel-shaped antlers

Recently saw a David Attenborough programme showing such flat-planed antlers. Here they are spotted in the forest regions of Transylvania.

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Death-white realms

A small, lonely, oppressed orphan reading A History of British Birds in search of solace and stimulus and finding instead bleak...

Hill-sent echo

An inexplicable and even supernatural moment in the book that proves a turning point, snapping Jane out of her acquiescence...

Tassel-ankled feet

As the Greeks gather for war, the goddess Athena rallies them.

 

‘The Daughter Prince, ash-eyed Athena, flew

Her father’s...

Bleary-eyed scholars

Erasmus' book was exuberantly subversive towards the entire intellectual and clerical class to which he belonged. A bestseller during his...

Peat-dark waves

A description of wild swans floating on the night sea. I like that Maxwell uses peat, a local material, to...

Easy-limbed stirring

I liked this description of a boat responding like a limber-limbed youth to the movement of the sea. 'Easy-limbed stirring'...

Wide-cheeked monster

Orlando accompanies his beloved Sasha back to the Muscovite ship, and soon loses her below deck.  When searching for her,...

Twice-baked bread

Paximadia is clearly a Greek name for a traditional Greek bread, but it has a pacific Latin echo in that...

Life-giving spirit

Having committed infanticide, Hetty clams up and shows no remorse, having a severely limited moral and emotional range beyond the...

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  1. B.G. Simons

    Interesting! Your triologisms remind me of the two-word kennings in Beowulf.

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