From Blackout Poem Bit to Flash Fiction or Full-Length Poetry, 2

After publishing “Be Human”, the winner of the first From Blackout Poem Bit to Flash Fiction, I realized that I should have given you a form choice (i.e. would you like fiction or poetry?). My blackout poems are so short (hence the “bit”) that it might be fun to see what happens if I add a stanza (or three) to the original poem bit. So… as the title suggests, this week (and the ones that follow) we’ll go from blackout poem bit to flash fiction or full-length poetry; the choice is yours.

So, my Wicked Luvs… which of my Poem Bits should become a flash fiction tale (of 313 513 words or fewer) or a full-length poem?

Below, I’ve included the blackout and handwritten poems I’ve shared since last Friday (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, and in what form: 1) Which poem do you wish me to develop? 2) Would you like your choice to be flash fiction or longer poetry? 3) *optional* Why?

On Monday or Tuesday *cough*, I will turn the Poem Bit with the most votes into a story or a longer poem, depending on the choices you make. Here is this week’s list:

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“Bind”
bright magic
will the art of you—
bind many?
– blacked out from Caring for Your Book

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“Seeing” (handwritten, not blacked out)
Brains know and hearts feel.
Raging eyes see little,
often nothing at all.

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“Cracked”
gently cracked
spine in the gutter;
the will-less
– blacked out from Caring for Your Book

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“Feel”
Smile at the silence.
Listen to a star;
watch
move
make
feel music
and wonder.
– blacked out from Music and the Classroom Teacher

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“Always” (handwritten, not blacked out)
Why I always will?

Because my lips nearly burst
with the rage of my own
screams,
and you came and kissed them
into song…

without trying to change
me.

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“Squeezed”
in the seeds
of the universe—
much squeezed, life
– blacked out from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind

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

From Blackout Poem Bit to Flash Fiction or Full-Length Poetry, 2

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