Feeling groovy, or: Peer pressure

A Waltmarie

In five American Sentences

The young man climbed up to the roof in the raging storm, feeling
Hooting and hollering, his friends cheered him on, as he started 
to dance.
Skipping and jumping along the roof's edge, he kept his balance,
but just.
Sadly, the speed of his wild pirouettes was more than he could
In his cocaine-induced ecstasy, he suddenly lost his

W3 poetry prompt

This poem was written in response to Kunjal’s W3 prompt ~ to write a poem in 16 lines or less that includes the word ‘groovy’.

d’Verse Open Link Night #319

This poem was written for d’Verse OLN #319, as well as for this week’s d’Verse poetics prompt on ‘peer pressure’.

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!

53 thoughts on “Feeling groovy, or: Peer pressure”

  1. I really like the way you’ve melded two forms into one here (an “American Waltmarie?”). You’ve got such a dynamic touch when it comes to effortlessly creating in various and sundry formats. Good stuff, David. 🙂

    1. ❤ 🙂 Deeksha ❤ 🙂 ~ whether or not he's okay is up to the readers' interpretations! 😀

      BTW, please feel free to call me ‘David’ because that is my first name.

      The word ‘ben’ in Hebrew simply means ‘son of’, and my father’s name was ‘Alexander’… I created this blog in his memory.

      I know it’s confusing because ‘Ben’ is also a name in English – I’m sorry about the confusion!

      Much love,

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