A friend introduced me to the Blitz Poem, a form you can read about here. I began the process with a simple line and was surprised by where the poem ended up. It was a lot of fun to play with. I hope you enjoy my first attempt at a Blitz Poem.

Read a book
Read a poem
Poem of love
Poem of joy
Joy in smallness
Joy in sound
Sound the trumpets
Sound the drums
Drums of gladness
Drums of warning
Warning against hate
Warning of storms
Storms inside minds
Storms clearing air
Air for breath
Air for space
Space for all
Space to be
Be just
Be brave
Brave to share
Brave to give
Give light
Give joy
Joy in sorrow
Joy in silence
Silence to honor
Silence to revere
Revere what’s good
Revere what’s true
True kindness
True to you
You are mine
You are song
Song of birds
Song of mothers
Mothers who walk
Mothers who run
Run to truth
Run to rivers
Rivers over rocks
Rivers through lowlands
Lowlands toward oceans
Lowlands looking back
Back to children
Children skipping rocks
Children playfully calling
Calling Hey Mom
Mom come see
See me

I think this exercise, or form, would be fun to do with small groups or even a whole class. There is so much unexpected pleasure in making the last word, the first word. The possibilities are endless!

8 thoughts on “Come, See

  1. How fun! You make it look easy- I suspect you used a lot of craft to have your blitz poem become so lyrical and evocative. And I love how the first line “Read a book” flows to your last line “See me.”

  2. I’m struck by the contrasting ideas in this poem. It’s positive and joyful, and yet, there is an undercurrent of darkness–perhaps on the way out? Really fun use of this form to experiment and play. It makes me want to try a blitz poem!

  3. What a wonderful poem. I love the way it takes such unexpected twists and turns as I read. It’s amazing how a new form of poetry can just completely take over, bringing us to surprising places we’d never imagined in our own writing.

    I’ll have to give this form a go myself.

    And like the other folks, I love that you’ve been able to manage a tone that borders joyful and ominous. Incredible.

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