Inspired by my teacher in my Forms of Poetry class, I have been studying the various . . . um, well . . . forms of poetry.
Do you like collaborating?
My family and I play a game at the dinner table where one of us starts a story with one sentence and then we go around the table, each person adding another sentence so we can create a tale together. This is similar to an exercise I enjoyed with classmates in acting school, creating poetry through words and body movement. (Although my old brain can’t recall whether we spouted out one word or one sentence at a time.)
So I found this form that appealed to me because it is often played with others, the Bouts-Rimeś, which is French for “rhymed ends.”
One person makes a list of rhyming words and then gives it to another person to fill in the rest of the lines (using the words from the first person as the last word in each line – while keeping them in order).
Here is a famous example by John Keats, “ On the Grasshopper and Cricket.”
Is anyone game? Use the following list as your end words in each line:
I think that’s good for a start. Go! And please post your results in the comments.
Here is my attempt:
One day when I was not feeling so funny,
a bank account looking quite broke,
the weather outside went from thunder to sunny,
clouds opening up when I spoke.
Could you please keep in mind that my spirit’s quite soft,
my presence forever quite tiny?
To my amazement, before any words, he coughed,
then transformed from cottony to spiny,
“As a child you were loved and terribly pampered,
though your heart and eyes were often quite dewy.
Let this not ever hinder or hamper
success.” Then he just blew out an “Achooey!”
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