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Quote: “Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don’t write short stories, novels, or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be.”
One that I never knew existed.
A poem came to me...
I know... not that unusual...
But this time...
The poem came not from my thoughts...
But from somewhere “within”...
Like heartburn that finally surfaces and releases...
This burn was a poem that asked to be written...
So I wrote it...
It was a different style then I had ever used.
A month or so later...
Writer’s Digest had a writing contest...
One category was Non-rhyming Poetry.
Hmm? I thought.
Should I? Will I?
But before entering...
I was curious to see if there was a name for this type of poem.
Yup, there is:
A repetition of the last word or any prominent word in a sentence or clause, at the beginning of the next, with an adjunct idea.”
Here’s my poem:
NIGHT OF THE LIVING SAD
We walk among you
You the normal ones
Ones that had childhoods of unquestioned love
Love from parents with no issues
Issues of depression and scary bouts
Bouts that caused sadness’ hidden
Hidden, in pillows sopped with tears
Tears of shame, and wanting
Wanting to be like other kids
Kids with no twisted emotions
Emotions wrought in a bedroom
Bedroom: a haven, a prison, a trap
Trapped by another’s desires
Desires for what was not meant yet
Yet I survived
I haven’t heard about the contest yet...
But am keeping my fingers crossed.
Ever hear of this type of poem?
Did a genre ever prod you to write?
Or are you an plotter?