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:
‘Beyond and Above Space’, a blitz poem by Aishwarya Kannan
Game of cat and mouse Game of ages and beyond Beyond multitudes Beyond comprehension Comprehension of twisted lies Comprehension of survival Survival of the fittest Survival of the smartest Smartest in the beginning Smartest in the end End is the beginning End of the senses Senses clouded Senses compromised Compromised history Compromised truth Truth never lies Truth won’t be hidden Hidden beneath the starry sky Hidden under the ground Ground to the satellite Ground to the silvery night Night descends very fast Night awakens all the forgotten Forgotten memories unleashed Forgotten histories rewritten Rewritten to the infinite Rewritten for beautiful eyes Eyes see everything Eyes are windows to the soul Soul searches Soul remembers Remembers solid truth Remembers how to survive Survive in a swarm of lies Survive in a field of mice Mice never give up Mice never forget Forget what you’ve been told Forget what you’ve heard Heard tales do no justice Heard lies forever Forever knows no truth Forever is relative Relative time Relative space Space is infinite Space is final Final Infinite
II. Aishwarya’s prompt guidelines
- 17 syllables (5-7-5 per line) or less (preferably between 8-12);
- Include a seasonal reference;
- Typically written on the subject of nature;
- In the present tense;
- Compare or contrast two different images as juxtapositions;
- No need for capital letters, except for proper nouns
- A poetic technique in which the poet uses the last syllable of a line and repeats it as the first syllable of the line following;
- Although the syllable is repeated, it carries a different meaning.
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 27, 10:00 AM (GMT+3)
Last week’s W3 poem
This week’s W3 prompt poem (above), composed by Aishwarya, was written in response to last week’s W3 prompt poem, which Muri wrote:
‘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