Try Your Hand

The prompt today for Poetic Asides was to write a poem with the title: “[blank] or [blank]”. I felt like I wanted to try another blitz poem, and the “[blank] or [blank]” scheme seemed to fit right in. I used it in every fourth line, starting with the first line. The trick to blitz poems, though, isn’t really in writing them– they almost write themselves– no, rather there are tricky rules for how to end them, and how to title them. So when all was said and done, I lost the “[blank] or [blank]” format for the title, but I don’t feel so bad, because I have “[blank] or [blank]” lines liberally sprinkled throughout. 🙂

Try Your Hand

do or die
do, not try
try again
try my friends
friends or foes
friends forever
forever and ever
forever young
young or old
young at heart
heart and soul
heart of mine
mine or yours
mine alone
alone together
alone at last
last or first
last dance
dance away
dance all day
day or night
day of the dead
dead tired
dead wrong
wrong or right
wrong way
way out
way back in
in or out
in the beginning
beginning again
beginning today
today or tomorrow
today for sure
sure thing
sure enough
enough is enough
enough time
time to start
time of my life
life or death
life stories
stories and stories
stories are written
written or spoken
written by hand
hand in hand
hand it off

2010 November PAD- Day 29

Next to last day of the Poem-a-Day Challenge! I will be very ready to take a breather from writing poetry, and move into editing mode. I haven’t gone back and read any of my Day 1- 28 poems yet, so it will be a surprise (and hopefully a pleasant one!) when I take a look at what I’ve written, starting December 1st. If I have a handful of “keepers” in there, I’ll be very satisfied.

Robert Lee Brewer suggested trying a list poem, to the prompt : write a “next steps” poem. What I decided to try instead was a blitz poem, which I think also qualifies as a list poem of sorts. The blitz poem was even more fun to write than I imagined, once I got the hang of it! I read the rules of the form, took a nice long and invigorating walk while brainstorming what to write, and came home and wrote my poem in a trice. I think what appeals to me is the stream-of-consciousness feel to it. And as an added bonus, and quite unintentionally (or perhaps because I was subliminally influenced by the Big Tent Poetry prompt this week), it also works for that prompt too.


Poem to Write

Make a list
Make a poem
Poem away
Poem all day
Day for writing
Day at a time
Time to spare
Time enough
Enough is enough
Enough is too much
Much ado
Much to do
Do the laundry
Do the dishes
Dishes on the counter
Dishes in the sink
Sink full of suds
Sink or swim
Swim with the sharks
Swim away
Away today
Away somewhere
Somewhere special
Somewhere in time
Time to write
Time to start
Start at the beginning
Start over again
Again and again
Again I write
Write a stanza
Write a line
Line by line
Line at a time
Time for breakfast
Time for a walk
Walk for an hour
Walk in the cold
Cold fingers
Cold toes
Toes and fingers
Toes the line
Line by line
Line at a time
Time doesn’t wait
Time to write
Write a poem
Write a list