Wreck, or: Over

My 1st Blitz Poem

train of thought
train wreck
wreck yourself
wrecking ball
ball buster
ball and chain
chain smoking
chain of command
command sergeant major
command prompt
prompt book
prompt box
box turtle
box seat
seat of the pants
seat of power
power structure
power save mode
mode of communication
mode of transport
transport host
transport layer
layer cake
layer of meaning
meaning of life
meaning of death
death knell
death wish
wish upon a star
wish list
list prices
list processing language
language of origin
language arts
arts and crafts
arts degree
degree of difficulty
degree of risk
risk of exposure
risk free
free market economy
free cash flow
flow chart
flow tide
tide pool
tide over
over the moon
over and under

Blitz Poem rules

  • Line 1 should be one short phrase or image (like โ€œbuild a boatโ€)
  • Line 2 should be another short phrase or image using the same first word as the first word in Line 1 (something like โ€œbuild a houseโ€)
  • Lines 3 and 4 should be short phrases or images using the last word of Line 2 as their first words (so Line 3 might be โ€œhouse for saleโ€ and Line 4 might be โ€œhouse for rentโ€)
  • Lines 5 and 6 should be short phrases or images using the last word of Line 4 as their first words, and so on until youโ€™ve made it through 48 lines
  • Line 49 should be the last word of Line 48
  • Line 50 should be the last word of Line 47
  • The title of the poem should be three words long and follow this format: (first word of Line 3) (preposition or conjunction) (first word of line 47)
  • There should be no punctuation

33 thoughts on “Wreck, or: Over”

  1. Do we now have an insight into the workings of your mind David? It reminds me of an isometric test – intriguing!

    1. Yep ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m somewhat of two minds about this form, but I’ll probably do it at least one more time in the near future.

      Have you ever tried this form, Marion?


  2. This form seems like a good example of “stick your quarter in the slot and hang on because there’s no telling where this ride will take you!” Plus, it gives a glimpse into the workings of the poet’s mind, which is always intriguing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oh wow! That was quite a thought journey. What a trip! ๐Ÿ˜† There are a surprising number of rules for what feels like unrestrained thought. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    1. yeah – it’s super weird!

      at first, I thought – oh, this is silly. then, as I got into it, I was like – this is really annoying and much less easy than I’d expected ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. It’s repetitive sure but it takes discipline and creativity too to stick to the process! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

    1. Thanks, Ken ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m not sure what to think of it… it’s simultaneously mind-numbing and challenging at the same time… And… does it require poetic skill? Well… Kinda?


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