Random word poetry

Just an idea, to see how similar the poems are that are inspired by this random selection of words. I’ve written a short poem, and I’ll add it to this post later.


Spray flies,
canvas cracks in the wind,
rotten stays snap,
this ship a meal for angry waves.

Moonโ€™s bland light
dances on wave tips
with all the weight of indifference,
the slow hiss of dislocation.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

29 thoughts on “Random word poetry”

  1. It is probable
    that we
    would enjoy lunch –
    the slow warmth of bread,
    the glamorous flavor of strawberries ,
    one glorious glass of wine –
    a bubble rising –
    summer lifting
    the weight of winter
    from our necks.

  2. I read posts backwards in my reader, which would not be how to participate in this. Perhaps if you do it again my timing will be better. (K)

    1. As an experiment, it was interesting. The words themselves are very neutral, ordinary, so it’s all in what they suggest. I was hoping you’d see the post and join in. Of the four poems, three were dark and stormy, and one was the complete opposite, summer and strawberries. We’ll do it again.

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