View Full Version : Excercise your "Poetic Bones" and build a poetic bridge

July 8th, 2018, 02:38 PM
This is strictly for fun, but hopefully it will also help us to exercise our poet bone.
Have you ever heard of a Poem Generator? (google the term) They are just what they sound like, they 'generate' a poem for you. You can get some hilarious results and some interesting ones, too.

Here is the challenge: Use a poem generator to give you three or four poems (or however many it takes) then take the lines of those poems (as many lines or as few as you wish) and arrange them in such a way to actually create a meaningful poem. You may cut a word here and there or add a word here and there to build your poem, but try not to add any more than is needed. This makes you stretch your skills, use metaphor and your ability to 'build a poetic bridge' between the lines.

Have fun with it and remember these are not meant to be a masterpiece, just make poetic sense of it.

Here is mine to kick it off:

There are many bones in guilt

Shake me,
let my substance respond;
bread baked with harsh pride and salt
lay next to clocks and guilt,
motionless affection-- lethargic daggers.

The stars know this;
life in its sapphire boxes,
endless momentum,
morbid cycles of leaf and green foam.
Where currents meet
amid the sound of bone,
scratch the surface--a tale of bitter coffins.

Rooms full of lonely mouths,
cold fires and insatiable sadness.
All rituals become martyrs.

July 8th, 2018, 04:29 PM
I'll come back t this when I have a bit more time. A very interesting challenege.

July 11th, 2018, 03:06 PM
A couple of short ones:


Sometimes a piece of the earth
reflects like an evening star
in my eye.

Boney leaves and exiled lights
at last give forth
their tear stained polyp.

2. (silly, I know)

If I could shower
the noise and the jungle away,
the shady warmth and the trousers
would at last give forth
their putrid conspirator.