W3 Prompt #30: Wea’ve Written Weekly


Dear friends,

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:

Part I

The main ingredient of W3 is a weekly poem written by a Poet of the Week (PoW), which participants respond to in verse.

Part II

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.

Part III

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

II. Aishwarya’s prompt guidelines

  • Write a Chain Verse using at least 3 Haikus;
  • Use the word “mother” in your poem


  • 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

Chain Verse?

  • 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

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