Round of Escape

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 Round of Escape.

The rules for writing a Blitz Poem and Round of Escape

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.

Round of Escape

Pretty painted ponies
Ponies go round and round
Round and round in circles
Round and round a track
Track made of wood
Track on a carousel
Carousel spinning fast
Carousel with a calliope
Calliope playing a song
Calliope with an organ sound 
Sound that fills up the air
Sound to make the ride last
Last longer than the one before
Last until we scream for more
More of the painted ponies
More of the pony’s dance
Dance to the music and hold on tight
Dance to the music all through the night
Night always ends our fun
Night comes to the carnival
Carnaval has just begun
Carnival of dreamers
Dreamers standing in the sun
Dreamers riding ponies of brown, black, and white
White as a blanket of snow
White as a flash of lightning
Lightning to light the sky
Lightning to flash and strike
Strike us awake
Strike us with an electric
Electric wakeup call
Electric sizzle of the crowd
Crowd of spectators waiting to ride
Crowd of clowns standing beside
Beside the carousel spinning round
Beside the bearded lady with tears in her eyes
Eyes that watch the ponies prance
Eyes that search for romance
Romance in dark corners
Romance while painted ponies dance in the round
Rounding dark corners where secrets hide
Rounding illusions of vanity and pride
Pride of pride prancing ponies
Pride of a clown who refuses to cry
Cry as the carnival crashes to the ground
Cry for the elephant who can’t escape
Escape the torture of the whip
Escape the danger of being alone

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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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