I’ve been plodding along with work on the poetry that’s supposed to be a greater component of this blog–nitpicking, as is too often the case–in the all too rare moments I have free between working on the novel, working at my actual paying manual-labor job, working for a couple of different volunteer things I do, working for my teenage bosses as chauffeur-butler-cook-dishwasher-etc, and working to explain myself to my wife (insert winking emoticon here). I’m almost done with this year’s taxes, however.
My head feels thick today–so I’ll screw around on the computer, I thought, looking at the million links I’ve bookmarked to check out when “I have time.” Automatic Poetry Generators strike my fancy, so without further adieu….
I went over to MakeAPoem at http://www.runokone.com/makeapoem/index.php . This one is fun because it reminds me of MadLibs–you enter in words and the program spits them back out at you. I entered some intentionally maudlin words and got this:
plod and stumble towards shelter
prescribe Rimrock to bathe in blank skyless late winter
vague gray ceiling is keening
a molasses beast is colossal cold
drink if you miss my kiss
dependent upon you.
Not bad, eh? I’m going back to do something edgy, something topical and political. Allow me to present:
Black Sea DayDream
rumbling behind the wall
abandon Crimea to gulp grim late winter
artillery fire burns
tanks is vast cold
raise a rifle if the russian are coming
I urge (compel? demand!) all of you to tromp on over to the site, follow the directions carefully (it won’t work if you don’t fill every blank), make yer poem then copy and paste it in the comments section below.