Poems, Poetry Prompts

Not Totally Random


Today’s Prompt is to make a poem titled “__(Blank)__ Again.” This month, I haven’t worked particularly hard at pushing myself outside my poetic comfort zone. Today, I generated a collection of random words on the internet and told myself I had to use a certain number of them in a poem.

The Plot Oozes Again

Does it matter if these words come
from a random spouter of words
on the internet, or if they derive from
some capricious fountain in my head?

Or perhaps I’ll choose every fifth word
from our clumsy correspondence.
There, for instance, I had to strew
a sneaky adjective among my thoughts.
It modifies my meaning, subdues my ideas,
and severs my intentions. Perfect poetry,
the obfuscation (my word) of sense.

Which of these words are mine?
Which are yours? And which,
when we consider the luxuriant input
of the internet, are the fantastic tickets
of the random realm? The plot oozes,
the smoggy street is cloistered in cobweb,
and something has gone, chortling, off the rails.

1 thought on “Not Totally Random”

  1. On Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 5:47 PM Mockingbird Chronicles wrote:

    > Beth Weaver-Kreider posted: ” Today’s Prompt is to make a poem titled > “__(Blank)__ Again.” This month, I haven’t worked particularly hard at > pushing myself outside my poetic comfort zone. Today, I generated a > collection of random words on the internet and told myself I had to use” >

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