Friday, March 29, 2013

Clerihew Poetry - Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy

I decided to try a form of poetry I hadn't yet done. So after some quick research, I chose clerihew poetry.

Clerihew poetry has four lines with the rhyme scheme AABB. The first line consists of the name of a person. Sometimes the person's name is the only thing written in the first line. The next three lines should be about that person, and it should be humorous (or an attempt at being humorous - not everyone might think it's funny). You can go here (Wikipedia) for more information.

This particular clerihew that I wrote was inspired by Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy
Really had to pee,
So he rebuked a woman with whom he danced,
But by then he felt a trickle go down his pants.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Blackout Poetry - We Are Ugly

I created another blackout poem from a newspaper article. I chose the newspaper Kaiserslautern American again. The article "Bad behavior is good entertainment at Hilltop" appeared on page 19 on March 15, 2013.

We Are Ugly
By Candace Shultz

Polite adults
with civilized manners
rip into each other
like savage beasts
and trample
right over their son.

The parents 
begin nicely
and go downhill 
with accusations, tears, 
and bad behavior.

Their masks 
are ripped away.

Just how ugly can we be?

Here's the original newspaper article:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sometimes I can be random

A couple of days ago my husband asked me to find a sheet of paper for him that had information about Zinio on it. I had just finished posting my blackout poem about reading, so I still had poetry on the mind. As I searched the mess of papers, notebooks, postcards, and receipts in my desk and on the floor (I really do need to clean my desk), this random poem flitted through my mind.

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
One of these days,
It'll be you.

Isn't it a bit creepy? I wrote my poem down quickly at the behest of my husband (I would have forgotten the poem otherwise.). I don't have a title for it though. Do "Roses are red" poems usually have titles? 

So what kind of poems or scenes from fiction do you create randomly?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Blackout Poetry - Power of Reading

This time for swap-bot, I created a blackout poem from a newspaper article. I chose the newspaper Kaiserslautern American and the article "Read Across America shows children power of reading" on page 16, published on March 1, 2013.

Power of Reading
By Candace Shultz

Read to be a cat.
Read to believe.
Read a crazy book
Or read history.
Get excited.
Read to express 
Or read to rest.
For fun or learning,
Carry a book and read.

Here's the original newspaper article.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Skin and Bones

Skin and Bones
By Candace Shultz

BMI says I'm obese.
Wii Fit says it too.
Now I have to lose some weight,
And it's making me feel blue.

So here's to counting calories
And trying to get fit.
I'll just have one last hurrah
And eat some chocolate.