Crap and Confusion

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 Crap and Confusion.

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 Crap and Confusion. Let’s get our spooky scare on right now.

Crap and Confusion

Carpi Diem

Carpi Diem Crap

Crap about seizing the day

Crap about making life count

Count for something

Count beyond the calamity

Calamity of this crushing world

Calamity without cost

Cost of admission

Cost of commission

Commission fully paid

Commission to the crazy

Crazy form of energy

Crazy continuity

Continuity of sameness

Continuity of collision

Collision of future and past

Collision about to crash

Crash head on

Crash and collide

Collide and swing wide

Collide and coast

Coast past an old codger

Coast past him wear a corsage

Corsage in his label

Corsage made of carnations

Carnations so pretty

Carnations blue in color

Color of his eyes

Color so cold

Cold as the fingers of winter

Cold as concrete

Concrete lining the street

Concrete where cockroaches

Cockroaches scurry

Cockroaches coordinate

Coordinate a take over

Coordinate a conspiracy

Conspiracy of the damned

Conspiracy of the coquette

Coquette in disguise

Coquette with cooties

Cooties of the bug

Cooties of a convict

Convict without a home

Convict of confusion

Confusion with no remorse

Confusion with no control



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6 thoughts on “Crap and Confusion

  1. Hey, I really like this . It’s really creative. I’ve never heard of this kind of poetry before, and I like it. Although I think it might be really difficult to write.
    Amazing one.

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