Prompt for RWJ, Prompt 299

I don’t know about you guys, but a lot of what I write is improvisation. It’s written on the spot, at one sitting. I’ve had the chance to witness how it’s done in theater too. Improv theater: “in which most or all of what is performed is unplanned or unscripted: created spontaneously by the performers. In its purest form, the dialogue, action, story, and characters are created collaboratively by the players as the improvisation unfolds in present time, without use of an already prepared, written script.” At least that happens at the collaborative stage of creating a script out of nothing for theater. There’s something to be said for randomness, and how that contributes to the final product. So show me how you incorporate random things into your poem.

(Random note: I’m still catching up on my emails, so do not fret if you’ve not heard anything about work submitted. Life is kinda busy right now so give it some time please.)


3 thoughts on “Prompt for RWJ, Prompt 299


    The Wort Meister sits on the rim
    of my brain’s parietal lobe.
    He stretches out voltaic hands
    and taps the left hemisphere,
    magically firing neurons
    in a semantic downpour of words.

    Open-palmed, I gather them, these
    orphans bereft of sentence or phrase:
    “Tryst” “Mote,” “Diadem,” “Stampede.”
    The Word Master randomly taps
    away, a classical pianist
    retrieving notes for a random sonata.

    “Far from the inquisitive”
    (and heavier the words rain down)
    “the lovers in their tryst pretend”
    (pretend what?) “themselves two motes
    in a wind-tossed stampede,”

    (and the Wort Meister wrings a cloud
    free of downpour) “runaways swirling
    in a diadem of stolen moments.”

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