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Two Poems Created Using The Same Twenty Words
I’ve been intending to start writing poetry again. This has been one of those resolutions which often gets shoved aside, and last night I reached a point where I was willing to try almost anything—aside from, I suppose, joining a religious cult or eating raw eggs—to get me back in the practice of writing poems.
I decided that I should select twenty random words and then write two poems using only these words. While generally I like to encourage writers to embrace all manner of freedom when writing, I also recognize the importance of establishing clear parameters for what I am writing. Moreover, I knew that if I found this writing activity completely worthless, I would never do it again. Thankfully, I think this writing exercise has merit and is worth attempting. Naturally, you can change the variables and write three poems using thirty words or four poems using fifty words and so forth.
I recognize both poems I created using my twenty words are unexceptional. In fact, I don’t particularly like them. Yet I want to share them and the words I used in case this will inspire someone else to try this exercise.
The twenty words I used in both poems are:
The two poems:
Freedom (Or Close Enough)
Besides Nebraska highway and his
sanguine fumbling singing
velvet first in for
pancake with second
undone violet maybe
With motorcycle in Nebraska
fumbling beside highway
velvet singing between his first
undone maybe violet pancake