Desk Beyond Unfinished

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 Desk Beyond Unfinished.

The rules for writing a Blitz Poem and Desk Beyond Unfinished

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.

Desk Beyond Unfinished

Cluttered desk syndrome
Syndrome of the cluttered desk
Desk loaded down with work
Desk in need of cleaning
Cleaning up one task at a time
Cleaning is like eating
Eating a giant grey elephant
Eating him one bite at a time
Time to get it all done
Time to have creative fun
Fun while doing a thankless job
Fun playing with words that rhyme
Rhyme with a secret meaning
Rhyme that turn into verse
Verse with a specific meter
Verse that tells a sad story
Story of love and loss
Story of growth and victory
Victory  of the human spirit
Victory that makes me happy
Happy that my character won
Happy that I am finally done
Done and can type ‘the end’
Done so I can store the story away
Done so I can take it out again one day
Day when the characters I created
Day when they can come out and play
Play on  my computer screen
Play in the corners of my mind
Mind of a writer dangerous at times
Mind that imagines another world
World that can sometimes be mean
World that is sometimes kind
Kind but not comfortable
Kind but clumsy with grammar
Grammar that is not always correct
Grammar that hates the commas
Commas that never know how to behave
Commas that dance on the page
Page filled with letters making words
Page filled with lives left unlived
Unlived by characters in stories
Unlived because there are no final endings
Endings that bleed out onto my fingers
Endings of tasks left unfinished
Unfinished to tackle another day
Unfinished desk clutter syndrome

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6 thoughts on “Desk Beyond Unfinished

  1. I have a cluttered desk problem too. LOL. And a comma issue too. That’s soooo true. As soon as I declutter the desk, it gets cluttered again. I mean it feels like a forever unfinished task…

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