Not a Clue

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Challenge
“Exquisite Corpse Poetry”  (posted by Magaly)

“For today’s prompt, I invite you to create a 3-to-13-line poem using the Exquisite Corpse Solitaire method. To play the game solo, we shall use 5 groups of 13 words (I’ve shared them at the end of this post), and List Randomizer (a form that allows users to arrange items in random order). Just follow this link to Random.Org.”

Rules and Guidance, for Exquisite Corpse Poetry Solitaire:

1. Each line must contain the following (in the given order): adjective, noun, verb, adjective, noun.
2. You can change tense and number to help the found words fit your poem.
3. Use conjunctions and articles (only conjunctions and articles, please) to connect your found words.
4. The found word groups must remain in their original lines (Don’t break your found groupings!).
5. Punctuation is a friend to the Exquisite Corpse Poetry Solitaire player.

Dazzling eyes study unkempt undulations.

Flabby ears and quaint slain hands.

Clean coffee.   Questions on slinky shorts.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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18 Responses to Not a Clue

  1. The contrast between the first line and the last part of the last line has me laughing so hard that I can barely type. I can see the images–those super chic eyes staring at a moving mess–and, in the end, slinky shorts (which are probably undulating, too).😂😂😂

    Thank you so much, Sara!


  2. Lori says:

    Lol. I feel like I’ve just watched a gaggle of teenagers walk by a coffee shop window. And my older self is drinking coffee and wondering at their apparel!


  3. That escalated quickly! I guess it’s hard for some to keep their cool when undulating is going on.


  4. sanaarizvi says:

    This is absolutely perfect! ❤️


  5. Oh that first line takes all prizes today!


  6. This is a delight! I especially love those ‘quaint slain hands’ (poor things).


  7. Helen says:

    Going out to buy some slinky shorts today!!!!


  8. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    slinky shorts – ha


  9. Jim says:

    Coffee on the slinky shorts isn’t so very good. I’d make the spiller wash them. “Hand” was in my verb pile, loke Hand it to me.


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