In the News Today—Wea’ve Written Weekly

Must we live in this moment?

John Oliver is right about Subway.

Walmart removes Juneteenth ice cream.

The government hoards billions of pounds of cheese.

Monkeypox Marxism makes its move.

Ukrainian boxing champion killed on the front line.

Russian forces expand their assault.

Must we live in this moment?

***

I wrote this poem in response to the Wea’ve Written Weekly prompt on Skeptics Kaddish. This week’s prompt poem is “Letting Go” by Kerfe Roig. If you would like to read her poem or participate in the prompt, visit the post here: https://skepticskaddish.com/2022/05/25/w3-prompt-4-weave-written-weekly/

The Living Dead—Google Painting

The word ‘zombie’ is not used.

Shelling continues day and night

Most commonly magic like voodoo

And battling Russian forces are now

Carriers of radiation and mental disease.

The civilized world brought low

Revived by the act of a bokor.

.

That has been overshadowed.

What happened on day fifty-four,

That has been overshadowed.

The great energy has been overshadowed.

.

The word ‘zombie’ is not used.

The Eastern Ukraine offensive

Featured widely in Haitian rural folklore.

The Russian leader’s Initial aim

Unless your brain is damaged

Was to overrun two devices hidden

In their litter bins that were detonated.

.

That has been overshadowed.

What happened on day fifty-four,

That has been overshadowed.

The great energy has been overshadowed.

.

The word ‘zombie’ is not used.

Cameras captured life in the front lines.

Mythological undead corporeal revenant,

The lady left behind feeding her dogs.

A protest song by Irish alternative.

I have become desensitized to it.

Of course, we want to survive.

***

Google painting is a type of collaging that primarily uses internet search results and Google’s search prediction capabilities to generate quasi-random phrases. The technique helps jumpstart creativity with strange juxtapositions, broken syntax, and internet speak.

Military Exercise–Limerick

When a country pretends surprise

About their troops being on the rise

Remember Putin

And don’t believe when

They say it’s a training exercise.

***

A limerick is a five-line poem where the first, second, and fifth lines are long and the third and fourth lines are short. There seems to be quite a lot of variation between the examples of limericks that I have seen. But the long lines tend to be eight, nine, or ten syllables in length, and the short lines tend to be five, six, or seven syllables in length. Typically, the three long lines rhyme with each other and the two short lines rhyme with each other. But the rhyme scheme is subject to change on the whim of the poet. Limericks are often humorous poems consisting of a single stanza. However, they don’t have to be funny, and limericks can be linked together in multiple stanzas to form a longer poem. If you want to learn more about limericks or any other poetry term, you can check out the Glossary of Poetic Terms at Poetry Foundation here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/learn/glossary-terms?letter=L