Changing the Life

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 Changing the Life.

 The rules for writing a Blitz Poem and Changing the Life

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.

Changing the Life

I’d like to change the world
World that needs changing
Changing it for the better
Changing it to be what I want
Want and need at the top of my list
Want and greed would come next
Next in the endless parade
Next in the rearranging
Rearranging who gets what
Rearranging while invading 
Invading yet still evade
Invading all the pinnacles of power
Power that needs brought down
Power that needs to be broken
Broken but what will replace
Broken and never fixed
Fixed to reign again
Fixed like a broken shoelace
Shoelace that twists and twines
Shoelace that temps and binds

Binds us to a broken plan
Binds us not to understand
Understand that nothing ever changes
Understand that power corrupts
Corrupts good intentions
Corrupts the good and kind
Kind and caring and capable
Kind that could change the world
World that needs changing
World that is a blue and green ball
Ball that bounces in free fall
Ball that rotates around the sun
Sun that gives light to us all
Sun as hot as any fire
Fire that keeps us warm
Fire that burns within our soul
Soul that seeks to do no harm
Soul that shines with desire
Desire to see us all well fed
Desire to help us all heal
Heal from the evil and greed
Heal from the danger in the air
Air that we breathe and feel
Air that we all share
Share day and night
Share the gift of life
Life that wants to make a change
Life lived for one another

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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