Breakfast, or: Afternoon

A 'Shadorma' I teach my child to think about words; to break them apart. I say, "Breakfast is 'breaking' your 'fast' when you wake." My child bursts with unexpected insights. One morning, at breakfast, she exclaims, "after- -noon is 'after' 'noon'!" ‘What do you see’ Prompt #161 For Sadje’s weekly #WDYS prompt, she offers this… Continue reading Breakfast, or: Afternoon

Mouse, or: Mouse

A 'Blitz' poem man of few words man or mouse mouse potato mouse over over the moon over and above above reproach above and beyond beyond description beyond the word word of mouth word of mouse mouse about mouse in the wall wall-to-wall wall of silence silence is deafening silence is golden golden opportunity golden… Continue reading Mouse, or: Mouse

Abstractions, or: Future records

A sijo forever's an abstraction, wherefore I wonder what words yield; full of faults, failures, and fatal flaws; frail coward; worthless weakling; at a whiff of war, I'd fold my works up for future records. Sijo? A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46… Continue reading Abstractions, or: Future records

Insight, or: Brevity

An American sentence: Our deepest insights are best expressed with brevity. Truths need few words. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt… Continue reading Insight, or: Brevity

Helpless, and/or: Intimate

An American sentence: I'm having an intimate encounter with your brain through your eyeballs. Another American sentence: Your brain is helpless to my words' advances. Imagine a green cow. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the… Continue reading Helpless, and/or: Intimate

The wisest of words, or: Zero syllables

An American sentence: I wonder whether the wisest of words are zero syllables long. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that… Continue reading The wisest of words, or: Zero syllables

Or, or: Or

Sevenling (Or offers) Or offers versatility, or food for thought, or three possibilities in one, as it were. I don't know or- do I? Or can be inclusive or exclusive. It sounds like our and er. Or, when switched in for and or but, gives pause (or should). Or suggests relation; contrast; even... tension. Sevenling… Continue reading Or, or: Or