Buried Between Place

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 Buried Between Place.

 The rules for writing a Blitz Poem and Buried Between Place

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.

Buried Between Place

Picture of us
Us found buried 
Buried in a box
Buried in the attic
Attic in a closet
Attic where no one goes
Goes now that everyone is gone
Gone to live lives far away
Away from the place we call here
Away from the large pink house
House on the messy corner
House next to the junk man
Man who collects trash
Man who collects dreams
Dreams destroyed by the past
Dreams of the imagination
Imagination that lingered
Imagination and creative desire
Desire to sprout wings and fly
Desire to return home again
Again reminders of when we were us

Again to dream the first dreams
Dreams of what was and
Dreams of what might have been
Been in the potential of us
Been buried with the picture
Picture in the attic above the stairs
Picture of our smiling faces
Faces filled with expressions
Faces like tiny flowers
Flowers longing for sun
Flowers longing for soil
Soil to help them grow
Soil solid and firm
Firm enough to let roots grow
Firm enough to allow them to go
Go to places away from here
Go make a garden of their choice
Choice in a chaotic world
Choices I wouldn’t pick
Pick and put in a crystal vase
Pick and preserve with care
Care for the flower slow to grow
Care for the one smiling, sad
Sad at me from the picture of us
Sad not sure of the place
Place to flourish and grow
Place to call your own

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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9 thoughts on “Buried Between Place

      1. You’re not receiving my feed because right now if I don’t write I’m allowed to sleep.
        I’m having a little trouble with your site, though. Sometimes the JetPack won’t let me post comments on it, and I’ve had a little trouble with disappearing notifications for you too. We’ll keep an eye on it.

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