Friday, November 20, 2009


RWP#101 Prompt using all these "P" words


He was that unhappy stranger

grooking on some street in Brooklyn



for the posthumous Dodgers

with some forgotten platitude

speaking without aims of words

unable to prevaricate prayers of the preacher



his transformed theology

walking his lonely processional path

unable to procrastinate his endless effort

breathing the poets' polyglot poetry



lost lovers with charitable progressions

with their porous plaster

and bleeding words of pernicious pimps

unable to turn on and tune out passions



the stolen parallelogram poems of prayer

and empty plethora of unseen sight

withholding the lost prickle of judgement

blinded by speakable poets




with the pppppppppppppp pea words.


anthonynorth said...

Enjoyed this. Great use of the words.

Anonymous said...

This is a very moving poem, the most serious poem I've seen in response to the prompt. In my reading of it, this poem is not mocking at all -- it presents a clear-eyed view of a deranged man in the city. The poem makes clear how easily something that's funny to the "familiar" people we know can turn very serious when used to extreme by the "strange" people. Which "p" usage is poetry, which is the rant of a madman? Very effective poem, Wayne.

rallentanda said...

Yes I thought this poem was rather sad .With all the funding costs there is no care or help for the unfortunates like this stuttering poet.They just branded as losers
and everyone justs walks on by.

Derrick said...

Hi Wayne,

Yes, a sad and confused person. I really like the line: "the stolen parallelogram poems of prayer".

Francis Scudellari said...

The use of the p sounds and the repetition of stuttering really builds a sense of the explosive frustration of the character.

Jeeves said...

Interesting...The flow of words is very nice

Jill Zaheer said...

Lots of hypnotic lines- including "speaking without aims of words" and "unable to turn on and tune out passions". Love your play on sound of the p words and play on the view of the "pea" words.

Elizabeth said...

Provocative and poignant. I especially like how you set the stage with "cheering for the posthumous Dodgers."

Anonymous said...

Wayne this is a powerful piece, and a very imaginative one,the idea of p-words causing stuttering, and the person you describe. Your use of the word stuttering itself is ironic because it's not a p word and you use it repeatedly (a kind of verbal stuttering almost via the repetition) so that it really stands out. Stuttering also is a great metaphor for the idea of someone moving about in life but getting nowhere, repeating the same days over and over.

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