A Blitz Poem
Chap easily Chap hop Hop to it Hop skip and a jump Jump the shark Jump and jive Jive talking Jive turkey Turkey shoot Turkey cocks Cocks eggs Cocks eye Eye of Ra Eye catching Catching some z's Catching off balance Balance of nature Balance beam Beam me up Scotty Beam of light Light speed Light headed Headed for extinction Headed the wrong way Way of life Way back when When opportunity knocks When hell freezes over Over my dead body Over easy Easy as falling off a log Easy money Money talks Money is the root of all evil Evil incarnate Evil spirit Spirit of turpentine Spirit level Level with me Level up Up up and away Up front Front organization Front and center Center yourself Center for Disease Control Control mechanism Control variable Variable Mechanism
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
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18 thoughts on “Hop, or: Control”
The effect is dizzying, David! 🙂
💖💚 Cheryl 💚💖
Blitz, this word makes one think of road blocks, checkpoints even bombs and war. Yet the poetic form is so playful and outrageous, full of games. I often think of scrabble or even a game of Solitaire when i look upon your Blitz poem.
And yet everyone can join in.
Like pick up sticks, snakes and ladders even ludo.
Yours here is a game of chess
🥰😍 Abi 😍🥰
I like the thread in this one! Again a really smooth read!
❤ thanks, Muri ❤
Wow, mental gymnastics in words. Great work, David.
✨🧸✨ Suzette ✨🧸✨
Great blitz poem! 😀 I like this,its fast paced 😉 . And btw here’s my next freeverse:
👏👏 Q. 👏👏
David! Loved your blitz. Tried one too 😃 It’s fun. Thanks for sharing
Yours is fantastic, Sangeetha!
I am thinking very carefully about this – my poets brain is rather pickled and all my verses blank, no rhymes have I to make you skip, the rope has frayed and two knees knock as ankles break on the downward swing.
That’s a very poetic way of saying you are not poetic 😜
Nice work with this form!
😍 Ingrid 😍