Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Words Count With Mama Zen

Morning, Toads!

Today, we're looking a bit at storytelling.  What makes a good story? What is the must-have element?  No, it's not sex (but that helps!).  It's conflict.  A good story must have a conflict.

After all, what would Popeye be


 without Bluto?


Or, Dorothy


without the Wicked Witch?

Boring, that's what!  It's conflict that makes a reader care.

Poetry is a beautiful vehicle for conveying conflict.  From mundane, everyday tensions to the darkest moments of human existence, poetry has the depth and breadth of expression to tell the tale.  And, it doesn't have to go to epic lengths to do it.

So, let's get conflicted today.  Give me a little poetic drama . . . in 30 words or less.

26 comments:

Jinksy said...

I hope you weren't expecting seriousness?! LOL

Marian said...

i wrote a conflict-filled little poem last night before seeing this, but it was (slightly) more than 30 words and would have been cheating anyway. so here ya go.

Kay L. Davies said...

30 words or less? You're the best at short poems, but I might give this a try before this cough knocks me flat again. (For two days I've had laryngitis, so, if I can't talk, maybe I can write.)
K

Ella said...

No way, we both shared Dorothy pics today! I so love the witch...I could do her voice! ...Love this!
Okay how to combine SARK for PU and the witch...?! lol
Great idea Mama Zen! :D

Marian said...

all right, i can't resist sharing this after all, as i wrote it about an actual conflict i very recently experienced. http://www.runawaysentence.com/2012/10/all-around-water-cooler.html

Helen said...

Too much fun playing with the sketcher tool this morning ....

Kerry O'Connor said...

This was quite a challenge, but brevity is forcing me to choose words more carefully. Thank you for the opportunity, MZ.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

That was fun! I love brevity!

hedgewitch said...

This makes 55 words look like a thousand! But I couldn't miss it, and dredged something up from the witchy cauldron for the occasion. I'll be around tomorrow to read and see what everyone else did for this one.

Patricia Anne McGoldrick said...

Wrote up a real-life conflict event for the prompt!

aprille said...

30 words,including the title.
How low can you go :-)

aprille said...

I enjoyed Patricia Anne's succinct poem but couldn't comment on her blog.

Ella said...

I can't wait to read these poems
Thanks Mama Zen :D

I didn't count the title...?! oh, damn... I can go delete it..which is odd. I never give my poems a title~

Mary said...

Ella, I didn't count the words in the title either! 30 words in my poem though. Some times real life's conflicts is the stuff of poetry.....unfortunately.

Susie Clevenger said...

Well, I made it under thirty words. Thanks for the prompt Mama Zen!

Susan said...

I could swear you said 60 words! Back to the drawing board. Sorry for my false posting.

Fireblossom said...

MZ didn't say anything about "including the title". That was Aprille.

Cloudia said...

Excellent Brevity! A great lesson. Platonic, even



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Hannah said...

Okay thirty-one with my title! ;) Thanks MZ!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I was unable to log in with the three options given to leave a comment on Patricia's blog. Sorry, but I do not have a wordpress, twitter or facebook account.

Robyn Greenhouse said...

So much can be said with few words. Makes me wonder if I should parent with fewer words too!

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Mama Zen, this prompt was meant to be for me. After viewing a PBS special, Half the Sky, I knew whose story I had to tell. It's a brutal piece, but completely real. THANK YOU (I thanked you by name on my blog, too). Peace, Amy
http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/10/04/little-lajwanti-lost-brothels-of-india/

my heart's love songs said...

i messed up the first time so did an entirely different poem with "conflict."

i've visited a few but will have to come back to visit more tonight.

Mama Zen said...

Thanks to everyone for participating! I've had a blast reading these.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Thanks for the fun challenge - reminded me of why I love to write.

Rick.Daddario said...

aloha Mama Zen. i landed on this post today and it sounded like fun. i played in haiga - which i hope is okay. thanks. (and yeah, it was fun) aloha.