Do, or: Do not

A Star Wars limerick

“Do or do not, there is no try.”
So declared the green ancient Jedi.
But, then, as I fell,
I heard Yoda yell,
"I meant not that people can fly!"

d’Verse poetics prompt

“Go Ahead, Make My Day”

At d’Verse, “your mission should you choose to accept it” is to select one of the movie quotes below and incorporate it into a poem of any style.

  • “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” – Back to the Future1985
  • “I’m in a glass case of emotion.” -Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, 2004
  • “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” – Jaws , 1985
  • “Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.” – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 2013
  • “Round up the usual suspects.” – Casablanca, 1942
  • “After all, tomorrow is another day. ” – Gone with the Wind, 1932
  • “I’ll be back.” – The Terminator, 1984
  • “I see dead people.” – The Sixth Sense, 1999
  • “Listen to the night. Children of the night. What music they make.” – Dracula, 1931
  • “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” – A Street Car Named Desire, 1951
  • “Say hello to my little friend.” – Scarface, 1983
  • “You can’t handle the truth!” – A Few Good Men, 1992
  • “I don’t want to survive. I want to live.” – 12 Years a Slave, 2013
  • “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.” – It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946
  • “To infinity and beyond!” – Toy Story, 1995
  • “You complete me.” – Jerry Maguire, 1996
  • “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008
  • “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” – The Godfather, Part II, 1974
  • “I’m your huckleberry.” – Tombstone, 1993
  • “I’m singin’ in the rain.” – Singin’ in the Rain, 1952
  • “Those aren’t mountains, those are waves.” – Interstellar, 2014
  • “Do you want to know how I got these scars?” – The Dark Knight, 2008
  • “Everything the light touches is our kingdom.” – The Lion King, 1994
  • “May the force be with you.” – Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope1980 
  • “Ya like jazz?” – Bee Movie, 2007
  • “For you, a thousand times over.” – The Kite Runner, 2007
  • “Do or do not, there is no try.” – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980
  • “The stuff dreams are made of.” – The Maltese Falcon, 1941
  • “You can’t be a proper writer without a touch of madness, can you?” – Quills, 2000
  • “My precious” – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002
  • “It’s alive! It’s alive!” – Frankenstein, 1935
  • “I wish I knew how to quit you” – Brokeback Mountain, 2005 
  • “Go ahead, make my day.” – Sudden Impact, 1983 

68 thoughts on “Do, or: Do not”

  1. This is a great way to practice writing poetry in a different way than I’m used to. Usually they are driven by emotion and it’s like the words materialise all by themselves. Intentionally setting out to write a poem with a subject and an idea already in mind is a difficult thing for me, but improves my writing skills for sure! Thank you for sharing your witty and well written poem. 😊😊

    1. I’ve really only been discovering and trying various forms of poetry for a year or so, Hamish… but they intrigue me – I feel like other poets throughout history created these forms for one reason or another… so, at the very least, I want to get a sense of how they affect my intended meanings.

      Thanks! ❤

  2. I love that you stayed in the universe of the quote! The rest of us got all philosophical lol. This is delightful.

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