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)
Full bloom Full swing Swing voters Swing state State of denial State of war War of attrition War bride Bride of the sea Bride to be Be that as it may Be at wits end End of story End of the line Line of credit Line drive Drive by shooting Drive a hard bargain Bargain hunger Bargain down Down pat Down on his luck Luck through Luck of the draw Draw a blank Draw blood Blood is thicker than water Blood money Money talks Money order Order of St. Benedict Order of the day Day after day Day of the Dead Dead man standing Dead end End of the line End times Times are a'changin' Times two Two's company Two birds with one stone Stone cold sober Stone wall Wall painting Wall of silence Silence of the lambs Silence is golden Golden Lambs
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!