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 Desire So Hose.
The rules for writing a Blitz Poem and Desire So Hose
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.
Desire So Hose Fire blazed in the night Fire of hot red desire Desire smoldering in the air Desire with flickering red light Light from emergency vehicles Light that steamed in through windows Windows with curtains drawn Windows filled with sleepless eyes Eyes watching until the break of dawn Eyes witnessing a fearful sight Sight of destruction in the night Sight of firefighters with hoes and axe Axe to break the windows and the roof Axe to let the smoke into the sky Sky above us is turning grey Sky filled with smoke Smoke restless in the morning light Smoke making everyone choke Choke on the fumes of burning things Choke at the invasion of our lungs Lungs so fragile trying to breathe Lungs expand to take in air Air that has filled with a restless thing Air that seeks oxygen Oxygen to feed the flame Oxygen requires a little fuel Fuel to feed the flame Fuel to bring fire to life Life as a living thing Life consumes everything Everything in its path Everything to supply its wrath Wrath of angry flickers of fire Wrath of fiery anger down the street Street filled with water Street filled with firefighters Firefighters are doing a thankless job Firefighters struggling with a giant hose Hose that looks like a snake Hose that twists and coils Coils in resistance Coils in an early morning dance Dance of water and devouring flame Dance of passion under the moon Moon shining down on the dance Moon seeking romance Romance filled with desire Romance hot with flame and fire Fire adds passion to destruction. Fire to burn and consume Fire,,, Destruction…
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10 thoughts on “Desire So Hose”
Good one! Kept it tight to a theme. Mine are all over the place 😜
How do you know how to create something like this?
I like to play with different forms of poetry. I do searches online about different styles and then try to write them myself. It’s a fun way to play with words.
Thank you. I need to try that!
You should. It is a lot of fun.
Excellent, Molly <3
This is great Molly!!!!!