Poem Series: Experimental Poetry Forms: Random Rhyming: The learned voice

The doctor said that he would die,
and spoke these words aloud so sure,
she said the man would die that week,
and that if they did think this wrong,
that they would not accept the fact,
that she so learned to them did speak.
But there the group did kneel and pray,
and they stayed there for very long,
but she so learned did scoff at them,
and said that she for sure knew best,
that she did pass the wisdom test,
and that they should accept her word.
But there the group did keep their pact,
for her loud words not one had heard,
they just believed in what they knew,
and held their hope like a bright gem.
And then three weeks did flow away,
and all the eyes who saw did cry,
for the ill man was well and new,
and arrogance this sight did cure.


(13/40) Experimental Poetry Form: Random Rhyming

Poetry topic idea: A Random Time

Today’s poetry topic idea is slightly different – it is variable.  The topic idea, is whatever time it happens to be when this blog post is read.  For example, as this was typed, the time was 8:14.

Using whatever time it is when this is read, a poet could write a poem.  They could write about something happening at the time.  They could find symbolism in the numbers as well.  Additionally, they could use the time as the basis for a form.  For example, the time could represent syllable counts for lines.  For example, if the time was 8:14, then the poem could have alternating lines of 8 and 14 syllables (if the time had been 8:56, a poet could have three lines that rotated, one with 8, one with 5 and one with 6 syllables).  There are other idea as well.

This poetry topic idea is interesting because it would have the chance to be different for the different poets who apply it, assuming that they read this post at different times.

As a note, the time used in this poetry topic idea is intended to be random.  Despite this, it is possible that this was read online by a poet at a predetermined hour (for example, a person might decide to go online at eight).

Despite this, the time could still be considered random because, 1) the poet did not know that they were going to use the time for a poem and so they did not pick the time with that intention, 2) even if the general hour was predetermined, it is unlikely that the exact minute was, 3) a poet could utilize the seconds in the time (for example 8:14:32) to add an extra element if the hour and minutes were not felt to be random enough, and 4) it is possible that the hour this was read was not predetermined (maybe the poet read it at some random time that they had free).

Another interesting thing about this idea, is that it could also be reapplied later.  A poet could, for example, pick some event (like when the phone rings), and decide to write a poem based on the time that that happened.

Poem Series Voting Result and First Poem

Unfortunately, no votes were cast for the subject for this week’s poem series.  In light of this, the subject was chosen using a random method, as mentioned in the first post to mention the voting.

The five possible subjects were: Dogs, Poems using the Tanka form, Eyes, Yesterday, and Cure.

To select the subject for the poem series, a deck of cards was used.  The deck was shuffled, and the first five cards were dealt out, one for each of the subjects.  The subjects were assigned the values of the cards.  The cards were:

7 of hearts – Dogs
Queen of diamonds – Poems using the Tanka form
Queen of clubs – Eyes
2 of hearts – Yesterday
Queen of clubs – Cure

Since there was a three way tie between Poems using the Tanka form, Eyes, and Cure (a Queen has a value of 12), the process was repeated for those three subjects.  The cards dealt were:

5 of clubs – Poems using the Tanka form
3 of diamonds – Eyes
Ace of diamonds – Cure

Counting an ace as a one, the selected subject for this week’s poem series was Poems using the Tanka form.  As mentioned before, these poems will use the Tanka form.  They will not be about poems using the Tanka form.

The first poem in the series is below:

Five trees in a row,
a bird flew above them all,
where would the bird land,
since three trees were the same height,
and one had to be chosen?

Experimental Poetry Form: Random Rhyming

This experimental poetry form is called random rhyming.  It consists of twenty lines of iambic tetrameter with pairs of rhymes, in the following rhyming pattern:


The rhyming pattern was developed as follows:

The numbers one through twenty were written on a piece of paper.  Each number was then cut from the piece of paper.  The twenty pieces of paper were turned face down on a desk and then mixed around.  The pieces of paper were then turned over one by one generally from left to right on the desk.  The numbers were typed in a spreadsheet as they were turned over and were grouped in pairs as they were typed (the first two numbers turned over were the first pair, the second two numbers turned over were the second pair, etc.).  The first pair was labeled with an A for each number, the second pair with a B for each number, and so on through the ten pairs.  Then the numbers were sorted in increasing order in the spreadsheet carrying the letters with them.  At this point, the numbers were then in increasing numerical order and the letters were matched with the numbers as they were originally typed.  The result had the letters in the order as they are shown in the rhyming pattern above.

The purpose of this experimental poetry form is to see how a random rhyming pattern affects a poem.

Here is an example of a poem that utilizes this random rhyming pattern:

Beneath a tree

Beneath a tree when it was dawn,
the group did stand while looking down,
at the square hole in front of them,
that had a box of wood within.
They all did stand in silence then,
as the sun rose like a bright gem,
and waited for the man to speak,
to those around who were his kin.
The man then read some words of peace,
about the one who lay asleep,
as those who stood did stand and weep,
as they did hear the words he spoke.
And as he spoke the words in pen,
the sound of sobs in the group broke,
as tears did fall beneath the tree,
as all the silence did then cease.
And those who stood did feel so meek,
as they did think of who was gone,
and wished that what they felt would flee,
beneath the tree with leaves of brown.