Baby in the blitz poem

Baby is her nickname

Baby in all sense of the word

Word of mouth

Word and songs she loves

Loves to sing and entertain

Loves to tell stories

Stories we like to hear

Stories of truth

Truth and sometimes they hurt

Truth of the past

Past, present, future

Past when they were children

Children of the war during the Japanese occupation

Children a lot of them

Them with friends they dance

Them and that’s how she met

Met my father in a dance

Met my father when they were both eighteen

Eighteen and they fell in love

Eighteen oh those were the days

Days of romance

Days when after graduation

Graduation and they eloped

Graduation she thought they were just going out

Out and then he took her to Culianin

Out and met all his relatives

Relatives who went with them to her parents

Relatives and she had no clue

Clue of what to happen

Clue that she’ll be betrayed

Betrayed and hurt

Betrayed by my father

Father to us four

Father also to six

Six from two others

Six I also call siblings

Siblings of different ages

Siblings I met later

Later

Ages*

(c) ladyleemanila 2021

The Blitz Poem, a poetry form created by Robert Keim.

This form of poetry is a stream of short phrases and images with repetition and rapid flow.

Begin with one short phrase, it can be a cliché. Begin the next line with another phrase that begins with the same first word as line 1. The first 48 lines should be short, but at least two words.

The third and fourth lines are phrases that begin with the last word of the 2nd phrase, the 5th and 6th lines begin with the last word of the 4th line, and so on, continuing, with each subsequent pair beginning with the last word of the line above them, which establishes a pattern of repetition.

Continue for 48 total lines with this pattern, And then the last two lines repeat the last word of line 48, then the last word of line 47.

The title must be only three words, with some sort of preposition or conjunction joining the first word from the third line to the first word from the 47th line, in that order.

There should be no punctuation. When reading a BLITZ, it is read very quickly, pausing only to breathe.

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