Wind and Play

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 Wind and Play.

 The rules for writing a Blitz Poem and Wind and Play

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.

Wind and Play

Naked trees dancing
Dancing in the wind
Wind that makes branches bend
Wind that makes branches sway
Sway like arms in motion
Sway like ballerinas
Ballerinas performing a dance
Ballerinas on a stage
Stage in a crowded room
Stage to steal your glance
Glance toward the tired dancers
Glance toward the tiny squirrel
Squirrel hidden in the nest
Squirrel filled with rage
Rage about the rocking motion
Rage to be tossed from its home
Home among the branches
Home and comfortable in the storm
Storm that rages with thunder
Storm with threatening clouds
Clouds dark with danger
Clouds that hold deadly moisture
Moisture let loose from the sky
Moisture falls from clouds so gray
Gray and gloomy
Gray and dismal
Dismal and cold
Dismal so turn the page
Page of a book
Page of a calendar
Calendar marking another year
Calendar sending a message
Message about how time flies
Message about the passing days
Days that fly away
Days left until spring
Spring when the birds sing
Spring when the leaves grow
Grow to cover the naked trees
Grow to catch the southern breeze
Breeze that makes us warm
Breeze that makes us feel strong
Strong and unbendable
Strong to bask in the sun
Sun that warms us every day
Sun that allows us to play
Play in the shade of a tall tree
Play games without alarm

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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