Written for:  Miz Quickly

"Read all of the following before beginning.

army. bingo. covering. curious
delicately. flashing. four. glued
goggles. gold. opening. page
photographed. ramp. son. stenciled

Take 5-10 of these words. 

Write down your first. Add some other forms of that word.
What is its closest synonym? Antonym?
Make a free association chain.
[eg: old>new>refrigerator >appliances > application > college> collage > alleged]

Go to the next word; repeat. Repeat. etc.

Using words from the original list or your discovered lists, or abandoning the lists altogether,
write a two-stanza poem. Or two separate poems. Or sixteen fragments."

Bingo >correct>  incorrect  >error  >misstep  >stumble  >inebriated

Curious >inquisitive  >information  >disinterested  >jaded  >cynical  

Flashing  >lightning  >streak  >zig-zag  >Zee  >alphabet  >letter

Goggles  >glasses  >sight  >blindness  >sense  >feel  >touch

Four  >quartet  >singers  >vocalists  >voice  >vent  >release

Details Not Revealed

Flashing lights warn
of accident ahead.  He
hopes no one is hurt.
Curious rubberneckers
risk causing another one.
He understands people
less and less.

Four people ambulanced
to nearest hospital,
one woman covered
in blood.  She is
admitted, and forced
to wait until there is
an opening for a room.


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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4 Responses to Wordplay

  1. Misky says:

    This is excellent!


  2. Jules says:

    So hard to find a room at the ‘inn’ these days. Sometimes all that’s left is the hall. And you can’t visit if your person isn’t in a room! And some only allow one per. Tough to figure rubberneckers. Fire Police (some are volunteers) who help direct traffic around accidents have a challenging job.


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