GloPoWriMo #8 Reversion

Tears take turns

on airplane glass,

drip lines to a steady rain.

My flight away from sunny days,

lemon slice in selter fizz.

K. thought her melancholy cured

till clouds roll out their carpet gray,

and silver wings of massive falcon,

burden to the smothered air,

arched above the turquoise cay.

Goodbye sugary peep shooting stars,

and cadbury egg comets.

Willkommen cockpit levers and switches,

ants scurrying amongst tarmac whispers.

“Save a seatbelt for yourself,”

the stewardess says, and

“Affix your own mask first.”

But while unlikely to survive,

her melancholy will be endured,

the deficient day-to-day endeavors,

as we descend through arctic ice,

cut cloud tops into stormy weather.

GloPoWriMo #8 -An attempt to do it all in one poem.

1.  Begin the poem with a metaphor.

2. Say something specific but utterly preposterous.

3. Use at least one image for each of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.

4. Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).

5. Use the proper name of a person and the proper name of a place.

6. Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.

7. Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.

8. Use a word (slang?) you’ve never seen in a poem.

9. Use an example of false cause-effect logic.

10. Use a piece of talk you’ve actually heard (preferably in dialect and/or which you don’t understand).

11. Create a metaphor using the following construction: “The (adjective) (concrete noun) of (abstract noun) . . .”

12. Use an image in such a way as to reverse its usual associative qualities.

13. Make the persona or character in the poem do something he or she could not do in “real life.”

14. Refer to yourself by nickname and in the third person.

15. Write in the future tense, such that part of the poem seems to be a prediction.

16. Modify a noun with an unlikely adjective.

17. Make a declarative assertion that sounds convincing but that finally makes no sense.

18. Use a phrase from a language other than English.

19. Make a non-human object say or do something human (personification).

20. Close the poem with a vivid image that makes no statement, but that “echoes” an image from earlier in the poem.


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