From Blackout Poem Bit to Flash Fiction, 1

Lately, I’ve been yearning for a flash fiction prompt that does for storytelling what Poets United and the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads do for poetry. If my medical situation wasn’t as shaky as it currently is, I would’ve probably tried to bring a few short story writers together and start something. Alas, that’s not the case; however, keeping in mind that words help those who write them, I’ve decided to self-prompt… with your help, if you don’t mind too much, my Wicked Luvs. 😉

Those of you who follow me on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter know that I’ve been birthing quite a bit of blackout poetry these last few weeks… about one Poem Bit a day. I’m enjoying the process. But often, I’m left with a deep desire to grab the spark of a blackout poem and expand its flame.

I’ve decided to collect each week’s blackout poetry, and publish it on Fridays. Why, you might wonder? Well, because I would like you to decide which of my Poem Bits should become a flash fiction tale (of 313 words or fewer).

Below, I’ve included the blackout poems I’ve created this week (in reverse chronological order); your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to leave a comment letting me know which of the Poem Bits you would like to see expanded. So: 1) Which poem you wish me to develop into a story? 2) *optional* Why?

On Sunday or  Monday, I will turn the Poem Bit with the most votes into a short tale.

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“A Sickness”
Lying is a sickness,
death
to the spirit.
– blacked out from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind

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“Eyes Full”
I see you,
eyes full of wonder
power and words—

magic.
– blacked out from Music and the Classroom Teacher

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“Be Human”
Wreak havoc.
Fall in love.
Attack certainty.
Be human:
change!

Challenge all assumptions.
– blacked out from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind

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“Wrong” (One-Line Poetry)
A child taught to disparage will be mean… and wrong.
– blacked out from Music and the Classroom Teacher

For images of the listed Poem Bits… visit me on Instagram.

A Sickness, by Magaly Guerrero

26 thoughts on “From Blackout Poem Bit to Flash Fiction, 1

  1. Wrong
    I chose this one because it brings to mind a certain mean older sister in one of my favorite books, AlmaMia. Sneaky, I know. Flash fiction could develop into a chapter…couldn’t it?
    Mwhahahaha!

  2. Hmmm…an interesting thought, to take the condensed-from-lots-of-words version and reconstitute it to something else with a drop(or twenty) of creativity. I think the last one might have the most scope for microfiction, so I’m with Sharon on the choice of ‘Wrong.”

  3. This one
    “Be Human”
    Wreak havoc.
    Fall in love.
    Attack certainty.
    Be human:
    change!

    Challenge all assumptions.

    Like them all but this one speaks loudest too me. Society seems increasingly to want to put people in to boxes, everyone conformed and labeled so they are easier to control by the powers and big corporations. Yet the reason why the human race has grown is because it has always challenged assumptions. When we stop creating that havoc, stop falling in and out of love, then we cease to be human, we just become robots who dance to the tunes of others.

    • You know, I recently finished reading Drawing Down the Moon, by Margot Adler and Darwin’s Watch, by Terry Pratchett… and they both share really insightful quotes about the importance of differences. It’s a bit insane that people can be so terrible to those who aren’t like them, when so much depends on appreciating (and learning from) the things we don’t quite understand.

  4. “A Sickness”
    I grew up knowing my Dad suffered from something because the truth always evaded him. He would lie whenever he spoke.
    So I would love to see how you would weave a spell with the unveiling of the truth of that particular sickness.
    xoxo Oma Linda

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