Page For Twenty-six

I decided to live dangerously in October. It’s a scary month, so I’m going to explore a form of poetry with stringent rules that moves at a rapid-fire pace. I’m going to write blitz poetry. This unusual style, developed by Robert Keim, has set rules using connecting phrases to create a 50-line verse titled Page For Twenty-six.

Line 1 is a short phrase or image. Line 2 is another short phrase or image using the same first word as line 1. Lines 3 and 4 starts with the same word used as the last word of line 2. Then, lines 5 and 6 use the last word of line 4. This pattern is followed until line 48. Line 49 uses the last word in 48. Line 50 begins with the last word in line 47. The title is three words long. The title format is the first word of line 3, a preposition or conjunction, and the first word of 47. You can’t use any punctuation. Luckily, these poems don’t need to rhyme. This poetic adventure will either be a lot of fun or leave me frustrated. I will call this Blitz poem Page For Twenty-six. Let’s get our spooky scare on right now.

Page For Twenty-six

Twenty-six letters

Twenty-six to put on a page

Page filled with pleasure and pain

Page white with rage

Rage for the cruelty

Rage for the urge to be free

Free from the hand of fate

Free to contemplate

Contemplate the future

Contemplate the past

Past that was normal

Past of the pleasant

Pleasant days to write my words

Pleasant collection of compliant birds

Birds that grew feathers

Birds flying across my screen

Screen like a window to my soul

Screen to make buoyancy my goal

Goal to elevate

Goal to eliminate

Eliminate frantic fear

Eliminate barriers here

Here to tell a story true

Hear to more than make do

Do the work

Do it right

Right passage

Right story

Story that can destroy

Story that can heal

Heal the broken heart

Heal the shattered mind

Mind searching for a way out of the madness

Mind looking for a deeper truth

Truth found in the light

Truth minus the darkness

Darkness to devastate the soul

Darkness to drown the sight

Sight into corners

Sight in the night

Night made for sleeping

Night filled with dreams

Dreams of nightmares

Dreams filled with deliverance

Deliverance beyond mediocrity

Deliverance to set us free

Twenty-six letters

Twenty-six to put on the page



Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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