Monday, May 21, 2007

Writer's Diary #27- Icicle

Two writer's diaries in a row? I'm on a roll! Since my last post, actually the comments on the last post, I've been itching to write a fib poem (for anyone familiar with the form, you'll notice an obvious liberty that I've taken). This is a first draft and yet it's not. I've been playing with the idea of an icicle as Damocles' sword for quite a long while, but I've just now been able to do something with it (I think). I realize of course, that this officially makes me a hypocrite. I've done way more than my share of whining about poets using references to Greek legends, and yet here I go...

With Damocles’ sword crystallized,
drips exclaiming spring
d e c i p h e r
l a s t


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Neat! Love the last line, in particular. That actually looks fun to attempt.

John Mutford said...

Barbara, they are fun! Now try 3 four line stanzas followed by a concluding couplet with rhyme scheme abab bcbc cdcd ee written in iambic pentameter for some really great times.

Greg Pincus said...

Nice Fibbing or inverted Fibbing or whatever name we want to invent for it. And thanks for the link to (and Fib on) my blog, too.

Like the mashups, as well!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You just live the wild life a little too much for me to keep up, John. But I will give it a go.

Allison said...

Walking on the wild side indeed! That looks like it would be fun, don't think I'll try it myself, but I enjoyed reading it :)

John Mutford said...

Gregory, Glad you stopped by! Inverted Fibs? Not a bad title. Btw, I read on your blog that you had a book of fibs published, where is this available? I'd love to check it out.

Yes, Barbara and Allison, it's a wild time alright. Give me half a peach schnapps and I might even do haiku.