Week 15- Heather Ouellette- Cygan

Posted: July 11, 2011 in Heather Ouellette-Cygan, Week 15

This submission was also created at the National Writing Project in New Hampshire’s Summer Invitational Institute. This was born out of an activity we did with visiting poet, Jim Kates. He believes that all poems are a game with rules, and so we drafted rules for a new poem. They are as follows:

Poem must have 6.5 lines

The first 6 lines each much have 8 vowel sounds; the last .5 line should have 4

The third line must use the color magenta

The fifth line must contain the active verb laugh

the 6.5 line must contain a y

The second line repeats as the sixth.

You must complete your poem in five minutes and not take it too seriously. Remember the first time through a game is just to learn the rules. I challenge you all to write on of your own and post!


Poem Game 1


Monopoly afternoons loom,

The summer break plays out like doom.

Magenta sun set evening’s pace,

Pull up a chair and roll the dice.


Laughs the Top Hat, it’s not a race.

The summer break plays out like doom

Your Boardwalk stroll.

  1. Caron says:

    I could never pull something like this off. Very nice.

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