carefully, meticulously, he sands the edges down until each peg glides smoothly into place, then cringes upon noticing he got all the colors mixed up.
excited, her friends follow her new cake recipe step by step, baking identical desserts for their kids' birthdays, regardless of their children's preferences.
Search Engine Optimization becomes the top priority for online content creators, as they come to favor Google algorithms over their souls.
children cry upon receiving any criticism from their teachers, classmates, or parents, and grow up self-entitled and entirely unequipped to fend for themselves.
truth becomes an increasingly fuzzy concept, as life loses meaning and creativity becomes a punchline; depression and blame-shifting are pervasive.
The cadralor is a poem of 5, unrelated, numbered stanzaic images, each of which can stand alone as a poem, is fewer than 10 lines, and ideally constrains all stanzas to the same number of lines. Imagery is crucial to cadralor: each stanza should be a whole, imagist poem, almost like a scene from a film, or a photograph. The fifth stanza acts as the crucible, alchemically pulling the unrelated stanzas together…
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33 thoughts on “Increasingly, or: Apocalypse now”
Perceptive verses. Well done, David.
💓🙏🏻 Stephanie 🙏🏻💓
I love the way this played out! I was looking for that connecting thread from the start – finally found it in that last stanza. Masterful!!
💘 Muri 💘 ~ thanks so much
Excellent collection of poems. All very powerful.
🤎🙏🏻 Sadje 🙏🏻🤎 ~ thank you
This is superb!
🧡🙏🏻 Jaideep 🙏🏻🧡 ~ thanks!
Well, you know I agree with the spirit of these. Three and four, in particular, resonate. (K)
💛🙏🏻 Kerfe 🙏🏻💛
I love the first stanza especially. 😆
David, am I missing a type of block or something in WordPress? I notice that your poetry and some others is in what looks like the preformatted text block, but yours doesn’t wrap when it joys the end of the screen, whereas mine does. How do you do it? There are some poems I want to do that require more space and I hate losing the form on a phone. ❤️
There’s a WP block called ‘verse’, which I always employ for poetry. That should do the trick 💘
I usually use that one, but it still wraps. There must be another setting on it that I’m missing. 🤷♀️
🤷🏻♂️ sorry I couldn’t help…
All good! I think I’ve finally found it. It’s the Classic block – preformatted text (at least from what I’ve used so far). 💃💃💃
so weird – I don’t think I’ve ever used that block!
I know! I’ve tried everything else and nothing else does it (at least for me) but it seems to do it for everyone else… 🤷🏻
Maybe it’s an issue with your theme?
Aaaah… I never thought about that one!
When I get to the computer I’ll check the html code on the next poet’s work that does it and I’ll find out the secret… 🤭
It didn’t… 😂😭 I’m going to go to support I think. 🙏
Great work David! 👏🏻👏🏻❤️❤️
💗🙏🏻 Filipa 🙏🏻💗
Nicely done on the form David! ❣️
💞🙏🏻 Cindy 🙏🏻💞
❤️🙏🏻 Maggie 🙏🏻❤️
Very well done, David.
❤️🙏🏻 Dolly 🙏🏻❤️ ~ you too
Interesting mix of ideas 💙
💚🙏🏻 Paula 🙏🏻💚