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Clouds Are Forever ~ A Blitz Poem

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

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What is a Blitz Poem?

I only became aware of the term "Blitz poem" after reading a recent article by Veronica McDonald called 'Poetry Exercise: Write a Blitz Poem.'

Veronica tells us that the Blitz poem form was created by Robert Keim, and is a fairly simple form that is fun to write. The Blitz must have 50 lines, written in short or cliche phrases, but without the restriction of a rhyme scheme or syllable limitations.

I have borrowed most of the instructions from Veronica's article.

Rules for Writing a Blitz Poem:

  • For 48 lines, there is a pattern where two lines start with the same word, and this word is taken from the last word of the line before it. This is easier than it sounds. Check out the following example:

Behold the Sun
Behold the clouds
Clouds are moving
Clouds are changing
Changing in form
Changing in shape
...

Each line can be a cliche or a short phrase that evokes a scene, image, or saying.

  • Lines 49 and 50 don't follow the pattern of the rest of the poem. Line 49 is the last word of line 48, and line 50 is the last word of line 47, both followed by an ellipse: [...]

Forever we love
Forever we believe
Believe...
Love...

  • The title of your poem is the first word of line 3 and the first word of line 47, joined with a conjunction or preposition. Using my poem as an example, the title is, "Clouds Are Forever"

Tip: Before you get started, write 1-50 in the left margin of your paper. It is much easier to keep track of your lines this way.

This is a fun poem to write, but it can lose focus quickly (as I found.) The more Blitz poems you write, the better you will become at directing them to focus on a particular subject or allowing each one to develop into a story. I had some trouble controlling the poem so that it didn't take off in too many different directions, but it was an interesting exercise. My completed poem is below.

I'd just like to echo Veronica's challenge for any poet or anyone who wants to try something new, to give this a go. If you do decide to write a Blitz poem, you can leave a link at this forum thread: Poetry Exercise: Write a Blitz Poem (hubpages.com)


Behold the Sun, behold the clouds: Image by Adina Voicu from Pixabay

Behold the Sun, behold the clouds: Image by Adina Voicu from Pixabay

Clouds Are Forever

Behold the Sun

Behold the clouds

Clouds are moving

Clouds are changing

Changing form

Changing shape

Shape your attitude

Shape the world

World Wars won

World affairs taught

Taught to students

Taught to all

All have a purpose

All have the power

Power to make changes

Power to survive

Survive the virus

Survive the unrest

Unrest all around

Unrest from within

Within our families

Within our hearts

Hearts may be broken

Hearts may be healed

Healed by your love

Healed from the pain

Pain and sorrow

Pain and despair

Despair for the lost

Despair for the sick

Sick and infirmed

Sick of the lies

Lies of the Government

Lies of the rich

Rich getting richer

Rich pull the strings

Strings of the puppets

Strings that we fight

Fight for our freedom

Fight against wrong

Wrong things are said

Wrong roads are taken

Taken away from us

Taken and hidden

Hidden treasures

Hidden forever

Forever we love

Forever believe

Believe…

Love…

Believe in Love: Image by Vlad Vasnetsov from Pixabay

Believe in Love: Image by Vlad Vasnetsov from Pixabay

© 2022 John Hansen

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