A poet must be a psychologist, but a secret one: he should know and feel the roots of phenomena but present only the phenomena themselves in full bloom or as they fade away.–Ivan Turgenev (1818 – 1883)
Fade away Fade to black Black Friday Black magic Magic number Magic thinking Thinking aloud Thinking of you You and me You so silly Silly pants Silly string String me along String instrument Instrument of torture Instrument of power Power to the people Power play Play doh Play hard to get Get going Get ready Ready to wear Ready for anything Anything goes Anything but that That's just what I needed That is such nonsense Nonsense upon stilts Nonsense word Word is bond Word game Game set match Game changing Changing of the guard Changing room Room service Room for error Error prone Error message Message to myself Message in a bottle Bottle up your feelings Bottle tree Tree of life Tree house House of Representatives House of prostitution Prostitution Representatives
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!