Space cadet, or: Cosmonaut

A ‘Septolet’

Putin avoids 
the Internet. 

collect his feces 
when he travels abroad.


The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break anywhere in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.

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!

38 thoughts on “Space cadet, or: Cosmonaut”

  1. I think I can guess why the minions collect Putin’s faeces – cloning more shits.
    Thanks Ben for dropping a like on my dandy senryū my – it reminds me to visit, which I must do more often. There are lots of interesting things to explore.

    1. I love me a good senryu, David 🙂

      BTW, please feel free to call me ‘David’ also! That’s my first name.

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

      I know it’s confusing because ‘Ben’ is also a common name in English ~ sorry about that!


      1. Thank you, David. My son is Alexander; I’ll not get too confused. The title ben rarely gets used in Australia. Maybe it has something to do with the fifties/sixties habit of anglicising everything. Mind you, ten or so years ago Alex bought his first car off a Mohammed and was calling him Mud with friendly familiarity before I’d finished ‘kicking the tyres’.
        Be well and do good,

    1. nobody knows for sure – but it probably has to do with him not wanting anyone to be able to check his DNA or find out anything about his health from his stool.

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