Rule of Three

The rule of three a writer's trick
Memory facilitated,
Three facts, that's it. 

In children's stories, threes found here,
The Three Little Pigs
The Three Musketeers.

In fiction we remember three
Beginning, middle and end agreed.
A story group- a trilogy.

A Narrative that shows progression
Built up with tension 
Then released  invention.

Even  stooges came in three
Shakespeare made good use of these.
A student learns with ease.

Letters too  have this restriction 
Salutation
And valediction.

There's strength in three for sermon too
Three points made, then conclude
Expected rule
To err would fool.

Consider other speeches then, 
'Friends, Romans, Countrymen!'
Slogans Pen: 
Stop Drop Roll,
The 3 Rs toll,
Three  goals.

There's power of three
Makes a cube 
Rigidity of strength imbued.
Take a power away and strength is lost.
A flat square is not as strong.
Power gone.

Three-leaved clover, a fourth is rare;
Nature's power of three is there,
Three elements in air.

The Bible too has symbols then:
The three wise men,
The cockerel crowed three times again.
The third hour,the third day,
Three times in the garden at Gethsemane
The disciples forgot to pray. 

Father, Son and Spirit given
At Trinity the power from heaven 
Omnipotence is riven. 

Omnipresent
Omniscience
Power over all with love is meant.

A triune God of one in three
Blessed Holy Trinity.
The rule of three. 

Ruth Partridge     
   

5 thoughts on “Rule of Three

  1. This one I can access 🙂 The trinities go back a long way before Christianity too, Badb, Macha, Anand, Ériu, Banba and Fódla, and the three aspects of Brigid, the Norse Norns as well as all the Greek triple deities. Funny that three should be such a powerful number.

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