Friday Fictioneers – Linens of Life

PHOTO PROMPT © Alicia Jamtaas

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “On Reading Allen Ginsburg’s ‘Homework’” by Andrea Carter Brown: fold, dirty, linens, tore, think, wash, closets, matter, clean, strangers, removed, paper

Cellar to clean

Cellar full of linens

Linens and papers

Linens and closets

Closets with bits and pieces

Closets with torn and dirty toys

Toys they no longer play

Toys they removed from their rooms

Rooms just for sleeping

Rooms sometimes with strangers

Strangers in the night

Strangers and friends

Friends for life

Friends for coffee

Coffee and tea

Coffee in the morning

Morning exercise

Morning to think

Think about what matters most

Think about the future

Future of the children

Future of the family

Family gathering

Family meeting

Meeting in the office

Meeting to discuss things

Things that matter

Things to wash

Wash and dry

Wash and fold

Fold the paper

Fold and sort

Sort things in the cellar

Sort things to keep

Keep for sentimental reasons

Keep for posterity

Posterity that enlightens

Posterity that will come

Come and be prepared

Come and ruthlessly select

Select what to keep

Select what to throw away

Away and all the memories

Away fly the nest

Nest so cosy

Nest preparing for life

Life that was fun

Life to treasure



(c) ladyleemanila 2022

  • 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.


6 responses

  1. granonine

    This was delightful! It’s kind of like trying to follow a conversation with someone who has ADD 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ladyleemanila

      thank you, granonine 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. oneta hayes

    A lot of thought and talent shown here.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ladyleemanila

      thank you, Oneta 🙂


  3. writerravenclaw

    Clever poem.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ladyleemanila

      thank you 🙂


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