Here at launchday our interests waffle between “dumb” and “dumber.” You do it long enough though and eventually youre bound to hit pure gold every once in a while. This is not one of those times. This is, however, something we wag our fingers in the air and say i DARE YOU to try this. This is your inner english major coming out to play. We’ve invented a new poetic form, the bastard child of haiku and the petrarchan sonnet. it is something we call:
Bipolar Twins / Ten Lines
that’s pronounced “bipolar twins, ten lines.”
Here’s the deal. Take two topics, basically opposites. (ie the “bipolar” in its namesake). stick with me – two words per line, each pair of lines forms a twin (ie, the “twins”). 10 lines total (uh “ten lines”). each line takes a turn addressing one of the topics. and here’s where it gets screwy – the FIRST letter of each line’s SECOND WORD has to be the first letter of the the next line’s first word. you’ll thank me for this when you’re reading them out loud. as if you’ll ever read them out loud. oh then the last line has to prompt the first line. that’s it, those are the rules.
it’s not nearly as complicated as it sounds. Here’s an example. And by “example” of course I mean the BEST ONE EVER WRITTEN.
Let’s call it “Wild / Man Made” – ok so you get the opposites. “wild” … verses … “man made.” not difficult. ok. (now shhhh. just – shhhhh. still yourself.) ok lets go – slowly — roll them over your tongue and let the brain visuals come after each line-
boom thats it DONE bam. that was masterful. did you get visuals in your brain after each line? the distortions on the brain chemistry each line brought? what? anyone?
i hope so.
go ahead, try it. go write one. it’ll take you five minutes. or it could take you the rest of your life.