Hypnosis, or: Devil

This year, I am attempting to become active on Twitter after having created an account last year to post 365 micropoems. Among other things, this means I will be responding to Twitter poetry prompts. Initially, I wasn’t planning on x-posting those here, but then I realized: if I don’t save my Twitter poems elsewhere, I’ll never again be able to find all of them.

Of course, I have written and will write plenty more Twitter poems that I’m not especially attached to, but I don’t want to lose the ones that speak to me. Below, I’m sharing two recent senryus I’m fond of. Each was a response to a one-word prompt:


Under #hypnosis 
I wrote this; you know this
cuz ~ I can't flow like this


I won the wager ~
a pound of fleshy details
from the #Devil's gut

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!

15 thoughts on “Hypnosis, or: Devil”

  1. Awesome work. I like Twitter, mainly for topical news items and for humour—but I do sometimes post writing there, too. I wrote these haiku a while ago about Twitter more generally which are kind of apt for this comment thread (I hope), called “our epic birdsong”:

    online utterance
    a perpetual orphic stream –
    our epic birdsong:

    the greatest human
    works and thoughts, our dearest dreams,
    will end in a tweet.


    I wish you a wonderful rest of the week and beyond with your writings and thoughts!

  2. Clever Senru’s – its a skill to keep words so compact. (Never ceases to amaze me how prolific you are!).

    1. I don’t take Twitter as seriously as I take WP. I retweet things I like, and x-post things to Twitter… and try to write one senryu per day on Twitter (more or less), but that’s about it… It’s mostly about interacting with people and building connections… And unlike blogging, I don’t care how many times I tweet – whereas on WP, I only post 2 or 3 times every 24 hours…

      1. Thanks for your explanation David.
        Well, wading through the retweets to get to the actual person I want to see seems impossible but it’s probably just me. Wow, one a day is a lot and to me a lot on WP too.. Not sure how you keep up.. impressive. 🙏💖

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