Encore, or: Twist distressingly

A Cadae poem

again, I
up everything


stomach twists in pain
lying down, nausea rolls over me 
once more
sitting upon couch instead

restless sleep takes me

twist distressingly 
wild dream sequences punctuated
with pain; awake, tasting bitter bile
retching, another encore


  1. Strophic: 5 strophes, each containing the number of lines in sync with the first 5 digits of Pi. S1=3 line, S2=1 line, S3=4 lines, S4=1 line, S5=5 lines. 14 lines altogether;
  2. Syllabic: 3-1-4-1-5-9-2-6-5-3-5-8-9-7 syllables per line;
  3. Unrhymed;
  4. Variable: For a Cadae on steroids, the poet could take this a step further and in addition to the strophe, line and syllable count, the number of letters in the words of the poem could also follow the sequential numbers of Pi.

Twiglets #286

twist of emotion

Eugi’s weekly prompt

Eugi has provided the phrase “encore” as a writing prompt.

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!

39 thoughts on “Encore, or: Twist distressingly”

  1. Glad you are feeling better. You reminded me of a time years ago when I had a slipped neck disc… hard to get comfortable, much less travel or eat! Be well!

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