Red, or: Blue pill


Doubt is the origin of wisdom.

Renรฉ Descartes (1596 โ€“ 1650)

An ‘Emmett’ poem

I doubt enough for all;
Doubt tints the lens through which I look;
Enough crushing disappointments - that is all it took.
For, really, how often can one smash up against a wall?
All my silly childhood fantasies, I long since forsook.

The ‘Emmett’

  1. The first line of the Emmett is five WORDS long.
    • Each word of the first line becomes the first word of the following lines.
    • So the second word in line one becomes the first word of line two, the third word becomes the first word of line three, etc.
  2. The Emmett has a rhyme scheme of abbab.

Murisopsisโ€™ Poetry Scavenger Hunt

This โ€˜Emmettโ€™ poem was written for Murisopsisโ€™ Poetry Scavenger Hunt.

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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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27 thoughts on “Red, or: Blue pill”

  1. Relatable!! Loving your poems. The rate and quality of your posts, and skill in structuring. is quite phenomenal! (But seems normal for you :))

  2. Very cleverly done David and I can relate to the doubt which you talk about. Particularly the line where you say “doubt is the lens through which I look…” ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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