Welcome to our W3 Poetry Prompt, which goes live on Wednesdays at The Skeptic’s Kaddish.
You may click here for a fuller explanation of W3; but here’s the ‘tldr’ version:
The main ingredient of W3 is a weekly poem written by a Poet of the Week (PoW), which participants respond to in verse.
The second ingredient is a writing guideline (or two) provided by the PoW. Guidelines may include, but are not limited to: word counts, poetic forms, inclusion of specific words, and use of particular poetic devices.
After four days, when the prompt closes, the PoW shall select one participant’s poem as the W3 prompt for the following week, and its author becomes the next PoW.
Simple enough, right?
Okie dokie ~ Let’s do this thing!
I. The prompt poem:
‘Looking at Blood Soaked Soil’, a double tanka by Murisopsis
Still we live to die And die while living at war We lack bandages For broken minds, fractured souls We turn away from carnage Blood pools and lives pass When life pools and blood passes War rages, men die Wounds ooze when the scab’s knocked off Gathering lives is easy
II. Muri’s prompt guideline
- Write a “blitz” poem that includes something about a mouse or mice.
- This form of poetry is a stream of short phrases and images with repetition and rapid flow.
- Begin with one short phrase, it can be a cliché. Begin the next line with another phrase that begins with the same first word as line 1. The first 48 lines should be short, but at least two words.
- The third and fourth lines are phrases that begin with the last word of the 2nd phrase, the 5th and 6th lines begin with the last word of the 4th line, and so on, continuing, with each subsequent pair beginning with the last word of the line above them, which establishes a pattern of repetition.
- Continue for 48 total lines with this pattern, And then the last two lines repeat the last word of line 48, then the last word of line 47.
- The title must be only three words, with some sort of preposition or conjunction joining the first word from the third line to the first word from the 47th line, in that order.
- There should be no punctuation. When reading a BLITZ, it is read very quickly, pausing only to breathe.
III. Submit: Click on ‘Mr. Linky’ below
In order to participate and share a poem, open up this blog post, outside of the WordPress reader. At the bottom, just below these words, you will see a small rectangular graphic with the words ‘Mr Linky’. Click on that to submit.
Submissions are open for 4 days, until Sunday, November 20, 10:00 AM (GMT+3)
Last week’s W3 poem
This week’s W3 prompt poem (above), composed by Muri, was written in response to last week’s W3 prompt poem, which Larry wrote:
‘Life and Death’, an acrostic poem by Larry Trasciatti
Ninth month is a new birth under a pall of burned orange leaves Overture for a play whose first act is in a funeral parlor Votive candles silently echoing ‘remember man that thou art dust….’ Elegaic memories are exchanged Midnight seems to come too early Burning incense is the only scent present Effortlessly smoke finds its way toward a full moon Ringing bells announce a new life