A Blitz Poem
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
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31 thoughts on “Black, or: House”
[…] I became acquainted with Blitz poetry by way of The skeptic’s kaddish . An example of a Blitz poem by David [ben Alexander] can be found HERE. […]
well done! ❤
Nice one. The mind and heart are fighting for supremacy in this one. 🙂
💟 Terveen 💟
On the mark. (K)
💙 Kerfe 💙
the Blitz might be one of my fav formats, well done! Love your ‘poet’ quote 🙂
really? I think it’s super fun – it makes me let go of control when writing, which is the opposite of what I’m usually inclined to do 🙂
exactly, it unleashes a part of us we usually hold rigid … and takes us to unknown places 🙂
Looks like you’ve been reading too much political commentary or watching C-Span! Hehe! Your Blitz is wonderful!
I read about politics in the USA and Israel a lot 🙂
Seeing where this took you was an interesting insight into your mind. I’ll have to try it sometime.
Darius, yeah – actually I think that’s one of the coolest things about the ‘blitz’ – it really is fun to see where your thoughts take you when you let go of control in this way 😀
How do you do it?! I remain in awe.
❤ Monika ❤
Honestly, I feel like this particular form just flows – that's why it's called a blitz, ya know 😉
quite a finish.. laughing David 💖🤣
🤭 Cindy 🤭
The last four lines!! I loved the way this blitz poem progressed,but the last four lines were….unexpected 😶.
And btw, I tried my hand at writing a Minute Poem:
cool 🙂 ~ I haven’t written any minute poems – how did you find this form?
I was just browsing the site for interesting forms and this one caught my eye! 😀
I’ll have to try my hand at one of these.
I’ll be sure to read it when it comes 🙂
🖤🖤🖤 this one!!!
😍 Kris 😍 – thank you so much!
You are so very welcome! Thank you!!
Fascinating how the title emerged from this blitz
I could embrace all the themes
There is so much logic
And chaos inside of this blitz
Prostitution, I pray it isn’t a time bomb
And a house is so difficult to run
would you say ‘logical chaos’? or ‘chaotic logic’? 😉
I absolutely love what you did there
Both or one of the two
Either one, both are perfect
You’re like a font of knowledge on poetry forms, I love finding out about different poetry forms on your blog. Like this one, very punchy 🤛
😁 Rae 😁 – you’re very kind, but that isn’t true… I simply look for forms on poetry websites & discover some new ones from other poets here on WordPress… I’ve only been writing poetry for ~1½ years.