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:

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

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

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

Smile at the silence.
Listen to a star;
feel music
and wonder.
– blacked out from Music and the Classroom Teacher

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

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

without trying to change

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

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