Oulipost Warm-Up

For practice for next month’s NaPoMo we were assigned a warm-up assignment: Blank Verse Amidst The Prose.

If you’re up for the challenge don’t hesitate to “play” along. Here was our assignment:

Compose a poem using unintentional lines of iambic pentameter found in your newspaper (or practice source). Blank verse is poetry written in regular metrical but unrhymed lines, almost always iambic pentameters. More background: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blank_verse

Here is my poem:

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Nala and Bugger were locked up, accused

of killing two show-quality pigs last May –

the pair of canines escaped their home

just north of the Ohio-Michigan state line.

Nala and Bugger were deemed guilty in July,

the two dogs have been sitting on death row

awaiting response to their owners desperate appeals.

The general public cries dog law of 1919 cited

in shooting of canines if they attack livestock

should be overturned in Michigan. Breaking:

Nala and Bugger have a reprieve – a stay of execution,

at least until a judge hears their case, this coming Tuesday.

Source: Toledo Blade articles “2 Sylvania Township Dogs are Granted Stay of Execution – March 15, 2014” and “Dog Law of 1919 Cited in Shooting of Canines in 2010 – March 16, 2014.”

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