Take Fives

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2017 by Hello World

Take Five is a poetry exercise wherein the workshop leader gives us five obscure words that must be used in the poem. It’s a vocabulary-stretching exercise as much as a poetry-writing exercise.


The Salesman

The salesman suffered from an ineluctable ebullience
that smacked of perfidy.

I had a sibilant reaction, but some fell for his lethean ruse,
which I ascribed to his incessant sempiternity.

Buy buy buy buy buy buy buy.
I am trapped in a postmodern sales eternity.


The Truculent
(found poem – source: The Boxer)

I am just a truculent boy
Though my story’s seldom told
I have squandered my resistance
For a pocketful of pedagogy
Such are promises
All lies and jest
Still, a senescent man hears what he wants to hear
And bajulates the rest.
Lie la lie …


The Doctor Comes to a Take Five Workshop
(found poem – source: Horton Hears a Who)

“Colaphize him!” they shouted.
“And cage the big dope! Defenestrate his ass with a noose made of rope!
A vicissitude of life that he’ll never shake loose!
Then dunk that hapaxian spec in emetic juice!”


Earth Water Fire Air

Earth Water Fire Air,
A factotum’s tetramorphic prayer.
Earth Water Fire Air,
Littoral erosion, humanity’s “mal de mer.”
Earth Water Fire Air,
A pluviophile’s dream, somehow, somewhere.
Earth Water Fire Air,
Perhaps and anthropocene nom de guerre?


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