Writing Poetry From Random Words
Today’s prompt from Poets On The Page was to create a poem using random words found any way you wanted to do it. I took to Facebook and put up a post requesting words. Within minutes I had more than enough words.
Here’s the list they gave me:
hopscotch purple Indiana car dog bottle green spider vegan lucky great precious green grass dogs not for sale
I also received these which I used in a separate piece because they were more nonsensical and needed their own place:
hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia liver fungus Hamlet unicorn cheeseball turkey sponge pencil
So here is the result from both. The first poem is entirely haiku stanzas while the second is free verse and more prose than poetry.
An Exercise In Being Random
by Jesi Scott
kids in purple clothing play
hopscotch in the heat
while spiders weave webs
in cool, shaded green places
and vegans eat lunch
inside great buildings
with rooms of precious cold air-
those lucky people
stare out windows at
stray dogs playing in green grass,
a not-for-sale sign
on a sun-baked car,
and a dog lapping water
from a spilled bottle.
When Random Gets Weird
By Jesi Scott
As I was eating cheeseballs and reading Hamlet
A little girl with rainbow hair came up to me and said,
“I don’t like fungus or liver because I have
“But I like unicorns and turkey.”
Now, it’s not every day you meet someone who has
Especially one with rainbow hair.
So I nodded and said,
“I’m afraid of sponges and pencils.”
“You’re weird,” she said and skipped happily on her way.