Writing prompt of the day: Write a paradelle poem.

Writing prompt of the day: Write a paradelle poem.

The paradelle, originally invented by Billy Collins to parody poets who pay attention to form more than sense, consists of four stanzas with six lines each. In the first three stanzas, the first and second lines are the same and the third and fourth lines are the same. The fifth and sixth lines contain all the words from the first and third lines. The fourth stanza, however, contains all the words from the fifth and sixth lines of the first three stanzas. Although the paradelle was originally a joke, poets loved experimenting with its strict form and eventually an entire anthology of paradelles was published.

Your challenge today is to write your own paradelle poem.

Here is my attempt to write a paradelle poem. I’m pretty sure I was channeling Edgar Allan Poe...

Slice of life

Bits of life in oozing red.

Bits of life in oozing red.

Chopped up memories and thoughts.

Chopped up memories and thoughts.

Oozing red bits of memories

And life chopped up in thoughts.

With dull knives you slice my brain

With dull knives you slice my brain

In pieces you can swallow

In pieces you can swallow

You can slice, you dull my knives,

swallow brain pieces within.

Bathe in fragments of my mind.

Bathe in fragments of my mind.

Feel the rage between my wounds.

Feel the rage between my wounds.

Bathe in my rage, feel of my mind

Fragments between the wounds.

Feel between my fragments

My knives of rage can slice you

In chopped pieces with oozing life

Memories bathe the brain in wounds,

Dull my mind and swallow up red thoughts

Of you in bits.

Okay, now it’s your turn. Feel free to share your draft in comments below.

Go free that writer,

Rachel

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