Or, or: Or

Sevenling (Or offers)

Or offers versatility, or food for thought, 
or three possibilities in one, as it 
were. I don't know or-

do I? Or can be inclusive or exclusive. It
sounds like our and er. Or, when switched in 
for and or but, gives pause (or should).

Or suggests relation; contrast; even... tension.


  • Lines one to three should contain three connected or contrasting statements, or a list of three details, names or possibilities. This can take up all of the three lines or be contained anywhere within them.
  • Lines four to six should similarly have three elements (statements, details, names, or possibilities) connected directly or indirectly or not at all.
  • The 7th line should act as a narrative summary or punchline or an unusual juxtaposition.

W3 poetry prompt

This poem was written in response to Britta’s W3 prompt ~ to write a poem using one of the words from her poem ‘Family’ as a title.

d’Verse Open Link Night #318

This poem is for d’Verse OLN #318.

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)

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34 thoughts on “Or, or: Or”

  1. So after several readings to get my synapses aligned, I have to say, what a great idea for a prompt–to take a word like “or” as the basis of verse. Brilliant!

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