Murder, or: Three

My 3rd Blitz Poem

Third time's the charm
Third degree murder
Murder she wrote
Murder on the Orient Express
Express mail
Express train
Train for success
Train crash
Crash test dummies
Crash and burn
Burn to a crisp
Burn rate
Rate of inflation
Rate of interest
Interest groups
Interest free
Free of charge
Free spirit
Spirit of the Law
Spirit world
World of pain
World War Two
Two's company
Two birds with one stone
Stone sober
Stone dead
Dead Sea Scrolls
Dead end
End of the road
End of Story
Story goes
Story line
Line of sight
Line up against the wall
Wall clock
Wall of silence
Silence of the Lambs
Silence is golden
Golden goose
Golden Gate Bridge
Bridge partner
Bridge the divide
Divide and conquer
Divide and rule
Rule of thumb
Rule of three
Three dimensional
Three sheets to the wind

Blitz Poem rules

  • Line 1 should be one short phrase or image (like “build a boat”)
  • Line 2 should be another short phrase or image using the same first word as the first word in Line 1 (something like “build a house”)
  • 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 “house for sale” and Line 4 might be “house for rent”)
  • 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 you’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

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

38 thoughts on “Murder, or: Three”

  1. Excellent!! Of course I’m a fan of crows so this made perfect sense. I think you’ve mastered the form and then some. Wonderful choice of phrases and it is a smooth transition from idea to idea – gliding on ice!

  2. Whee! This format is so toboggan-like as it picks up speed, heading down a snowy slope and you’re holding on, white-knuckled, with a big dopey grin as your dog runs along side you trying to steal your ski cap! Nice work as always, David! 😀

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