Hello friend, I am Timothy Kimo Brien, head instigator at Create Art Podcast where we help you to tame the inner critic and create more than we consume. Every year in April National Poetry Writing Month occurs, this is a challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days and comes from the NaPoWriMo site. When you participate you are given a prompt every day for 30 days and you can choose to follow the prompt or not. Each prompt has a commentary with it and a style of poetry that you may not be familiar with. I enjoy it because it stretches my creative muscles and helps me organize my thoughts. I also really enjoy a good challenge. There is also an opportunity to read other people’s work as they post on their websites and for you to comment on their work, giving them encouragement or offering a suggestion. Care to join me on this journey?
Day 16 Prompt
Because it’s Friday, today I’d like you to relax with the rather silly form called Skeltonic, or tumbling, verse. In this form, there’s no specific number of syllables per line, but each line should be short, and should aim to have two or three stressed syllables. And the lines should rhyme. You just rhyme the same sound until you get tired of it, and then move on to another sound. Here’s a short example I came up with.
Skeltonic verse is a fun way to get some words on the page without racking your brains for deep meaning. It’s a form that lends itself particularly well to poems for children, satirical verse, and just plain nonsense.
Day 16 Poem
Open Mic Nights
I don’t want to start a fight
On my nephews open mic night
But when I stand on the stage
I can’t help but feel the rage
When the others flip through their phones
Searching through their tomes
And talk through another’s speech
It truly makes me want to screech
Respect the fucking mic
Respect the fucking mic
It the mantra of the night
My fists start to get tight
And I know its not right
But when someone spills their guts on the floor
Shut your mouth is what I implore
Listening to the words I adore
The dullards are such a bore
Inspiration is our reluctant whore
And your side conversations make me snore
So disturb me not quote the poet nevermore
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