War paint, or: Theater

A rant poem in blank verse

Paint yourself an angel's innocent white
Paint yourself enraged, indignant orange
Paint your enemies black-hearted scoundrels
Paint your opposition green and guileful
Paint [false] former allies yellow-bellied
Paint massive war machines brown in thick mud
Paint streets red with dead civilians' blood
Paint yourself into a corner. Spew hate
until you're blue in the face, or... better 
yet, until your blue, bloated corpse gets dumped
in the middle of the Red Square, you - - -

d’Verse poetics: A little repetition

Anaphora (Greek: แผ€ฮฝฮฑฯ†ฮฟฯฮฌ, โ€œcarrying backโ€)

A rhetorical device that consists of repeating a sequence of words at the beginnings of neighboring clauses, thereby lending them emphasis.

The poetry prompt

At d’Verse, poets were encouraged to really lean into anaphora and work that repetition by selecting one of the following as the repeating verb:

  • remember
  • dream
  • eat
  • choose
  • love
  • fear
  • hope
  • paint
  • lose

Muriโ€™s poetry scavenger hunt

My friend Muri is running a poetry scavenger hunt fo Na/GloPoWriMo, which I shall attempt to participate in fully this year.

From what I understand, sheโ€™s offering three poetry prompts every week for the duration of the month of April โ€™22 (on MWF).

Last year, I was pretty busy with my personal micropoetry project so I only responded to several of her poetry challenges, but this year I hope to rectify that!


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!

72 thoughts on “War paint, or: Theater”

  1. It did me good to read this rant! โค I wrote a particularly excoriating poem on a related subject but didn't post it. Still, it made me feel better to write it! Peace, David! โค

  2. A RANT poem indeed! You’ve made your point very well here indeed. I think those folks are on to something who organized a community scream.

  3. Leaving aside the politics and concentrating on this as a poem, I love your use of paint here, and all the colour imagery you have used. Throw in the politics, and itโ€™s even better!

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