Picture of Lights

Blitz Poetry is an interesting style of poetry with specific rules. I have written this style of poetry in the past. I thought it might be interesting to play with it again in the cold month of February. The rules make this form of poetry challenging. The rhythm of the poems created using this style depends on word choice and placement. This style of poetry, created by Robert Keim, takes thought and precision. My experience in the past is that it can sometimes feel like you are writing on a fast-moving freight train filled with words. Even the title of the poem is found within the word placement. I call this Blitz poem Picture of Lights.

The rules for writing a Blitz Poem and Picture of Lights

A Blitz Poem is 50 lines of short phrases or images

*Line 1- use a short phrase or image

*Line 2-another short phrase or image that uses the same first word as the first word of line 1.

*Lines 3 and 4-short phrase or image that uses the last word of line 2 as the first word of the line.

*Lines 5 and 6, short phrases or images using the last word from line 4 as the first word. Continue until you reach line 48 using the same pattern found in this rule as lines 5 and 6.

*Line 49 will use the first word of line 48

*Line 50 should be the last word of 47

The title should be three words long, using the first word of line 3 followed by a preposition or conjunction and then the first word of line 47.

*There should be no punctuation.

As you can see, there are many rules, but I plan to have fun with this Blitz Poetry style.

Picture of Lights 

A picture of a family
Family in a picture
Picture of a time together
Picture with smiling faces
Faces that weren’t always clean
Faces that can sometimes be mean
Mean but not unkind
Mean without traces
Traces of hate
Traces that can weather
Weather all of life’s storms
Weather the an uncertain fate
Fate that can lead you far
Fate that can keep you here
Here in my heart
Here where you will always belong
Belong to this crazy family
Belong in your first home
Home where the heart is
Home that will always welcome 
Welcome you back from where you went
Welcome you on Christmas day
Day to be together
Day to understand
Understand the meaning 
Understand the love 
Love we share with one another
Love that lasts despite the distance
Distance measured in miles
Distance we travel with a single call
Call to say your doing good
Call to see me wear a smile
Smile because I know your fine
Smile because I know you care
Care in ways big and small
Care because you’re on my mind
Mind that remembers
Mind that knows
Knows all the things about you
Knows about all the struggles 
Struggles to become who you are
Struggles to grow wings and fly far
Far away from me
Far to a distant city
City that never sleeps
City with flashing brilliant lights
Lights to distract 
Lights that can dull with time

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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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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