Friday, September 9, 2011
A Word with Laurie
We live in a hurried society with communication right at our fingertips. Our mobile devices cling to us like babies on our hips. There has never been a better time for poets and writers to share their passion with the world; press ‘send’ and you’re there.
At the same time, people are being bombarded with messages, texts, emails and status updates. Many discover they have a limited amount of time to read everything they would like to. I don’t know about you, but I would rather not have someone pass over my piece because it is too long. So today I’d like to offer you the opportunity to write a short poem.
One word. That’s all I’m asking of you; to incorporate the word I give you into your poem. But wait! There’s a catch. The piece can be no longer than eight lines. AND you must time yourself. The poem should be written in a minute.
I’d like to bring a little music to our poetry, so the word I’ve chosen is allegro (briskly) which is how you should embrace this challenge.
To sum it up:
One word (allegro), one octave, one minute