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Forced Poem

Updated on March 2, 2018
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A lifelong reader & writer, Liz writes poetry; articles on this, & other sites; & playing with words. She also enjoys movies & reviewing.

During Our Lifetime and Beyond

During Our Lifetime and Beyond,

Let me have bent my shoulders

to the music that is life;


Not to be one of those,

one of the most short-sighted ones

Who sense no time;

have no sense,


Who cannot see

the urgent need to cut sharply back

On the ammunition in the yellow eye of a gun

That threatens to reduce the world

to powder.


But rather, let me have been

one of those who played a role,


So that the leaders

were helped to find a suitable come back

with words, not fire.

"Cut Sharply Back..."

Backstory

This poem originated as a college creative writing class exercise, in which each person was given 5 slips of paper containing phrases clipped from various unrelated sources.

These phrases were to be used in any sequence, and be unchanged (except perhaps for tense), and in their entirety, to construct a poem.

Other words could be added around the original source phrases, but could not separate a phrase. The original phrases are underlined.

As I have done here, it was allowed to use one of the bits as a title.

This poem was written in May of 1987, with a minor edit in May of 2010, and another tiny tweak in March of 2018.

© 2010 Liz Elias

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    Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thanks, Sunshine! Glad you enjoyed it! ;-)

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Very clever and creative!! :)

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    Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, jhamann,

    Thanks very much! I'm glad you so enjoyed this poem. Thanks for the share!!

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    Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

    What a great poem you have created with a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing this. Jamie

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    Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ Susan--Thanks very much. Glad you enjoyed it. It was a challenge.

    @ AudreyHowwitt--Thank you; I am happy you liked this poem, though I'm more of a free spirit, and not so fond of such "prescribed circumstances." ;-)

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    Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

    Love this--and I love when the circumstances are so prescribed --really well done!

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    Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Wow! This is great! Thanks for letting me know about this too!

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    Liz Elias 8 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thank you, habee!

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    Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

    Powerful poem! I love the "yellow eye of a gun"!

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