Sunday Afternoon Poetry

I recently took a class at the Loft Literary Center with Peter Blau.  Peter is three parts Mahatma Gandhi, one part Freud, two parts Santa Claus.  For one of our exercises, he utilized “Katie’s Poetry Prompt”.  Katie was ten when she introduced her writing teacher to the following form:

1 word

2 words

3 words ending in “ing”

2 or 3 words

1 word

Here is Rafa’s example (took him about eleven seconds to come up with this one):

Pomeranian

I AM

eating, sleeping, eating

I love

life!

Here’s what I wrote in the five minute time limit:

form

pre-ordained structure

constricting, boxing, limiting

or is it

freedom?

——————–

virus

this sucks

sneezing snorting coughing

take it away

NOW!

——————–

vaccines

silent protectors

thwarting, preventing, assisting

keep me

alive

——————–

Henry

my dog

fading, failing, dying

Rest now.

Peace.

——————–

see

hear me

 loving calling crying

come back

please

(no, this one is NOT autobiographical… : ) )

——————–

Take a minute and try it out!  ANYONE can do it.  Even if you come up with a random assortment of words, we’ll all think you’re a genius whose abstraction and subtlety require extra special attention.

Leave your poem in the comments and I’ll post.

Musical Moment

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5 Responses to Sunday Afternoon Poetry

  1. Michelle says:

    Ha ha. One is plenty!

  2. Michelle says:

    That was a weird auto correct.
    Michelle Haroldson ( Zhou is interesting though)

  3. Michelle says:

    Sickness
    Yet again
    Fighting, failing , tiring
    In peace
    Soon.

    Can you tell I just left work??!
    Michelle Zhou

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