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Monday, August 2, 2010

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

For Big Tent Poetry


This week’s prompt
This week we’re going to try to mix up our writing life
and we’ll start the process with a little poetic introspection.


INVESTIGATION

During the course of my investigation
I didn’t leave a single book unread
I left nothing to the imagination

I gave the subject my full concentration
Took in every word my tutors said
During the course of my investigation

I took to the task with full concentration
Knowing I’d have to go from A to Z
I left nothing to the imagination

It may seem a complete exaggeration
But I never let it go to my head
During the course of my investigation

Some chose theory for examination
I opted for the practical instead
I left nothing to the imagination

She didn’t want to discuss medication
Just took her clothes off, and lay on the bed
During the course of my investigation
I left nothing to the imagination

36 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! just happened on your blog. http://shaunellshair.blogspot.com

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  2. Thanks Shanulls Hair; Any time...

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  3. oh la la - there IS some room for imagination!

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  4. Awesome..LOL...really enjoyed it:)

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  5. Thanks Claudia; For the reader, I guess there is.

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  6. Thanks Buttercup; My first attempt at a Villanelle.

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  7. Congratulations on your first villanelle, Stan.
    Sometimes investigation and imagination go hand in hand!

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  8. Thanks Mary; This investigation was all in my imagination.

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  9. Ah, you may say that....I couldn't possibly comment. (Francis Urquhart in "House of Cards" by Michael Dobbs)

    Terrific villanelle - it seems as though you've been a regular practitioner: you made it look easy, and I know jolly well that it isn't.
    ViV

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  10. Sounds like fun study, Stan! I agree with Viv, you make it look too easy!

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  11. Thanks to:
    ViV; Great actor too in Richardson...
    Don't know what all the fuss is about ;)
    I suppose I made it easier on myself, choosing '...ation'. Although '...ed' was more difficult - Lucky we say 'ZED' and not 'ZEE'.
    Derrick; I'm not really a gynecologist... but sure, I'll take a look...

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  12. Ha! The last stanza sent me reading the whole thing again.

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  13. Wow! This is good villanelle, one of my favorite poetry forms. I was not lost in the words which often happens with a V. Stan I really enjoyed the read. Thanks.
    Regards,
    DH

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  14. I liked the -ation endings of certain lines! A great villanelle, and not your usual style. Stunningly done!

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  15. Well done. I like that the repetition seemed to actually draw the reader into the "investigation" and made it feel closer every time it was repeated.

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  16. Stan a well-crafted villanelle you should write in this form more often!
    Pamela

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  17. Hilarious. Just as well you are not a medical professional ( I hope)Anyone who can write a funny villanelle is on a par with Banderas in my book.Top of the class Stanski.

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  18. Wonderful villanelle, Stan. It's one of my favorite forms, and you did it justice, and then some. Bravo!

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  19. Stan, I think you did more than a villanelle here: you took what many would define as unpoetic language and made it roll along to its own music. And even did a wonderful flip on the end. I applaud you, and am still laughing even as I clap my hands.

    Elizabeth

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  20. Thanks to:
    Ron; I thought so too...
    Eskenosen; Always worth a second look...!
    Donald; I just said it how I see it.
    Diane; I'll try anything once... or twice...
    Pam; Reader and writer alike...
    Pamela; I'm tempted...
    Rall; If I can do it - I can do it funny.
    Brenda; I just concentrated on the first thing that came to my mind.
    Elizabeth; Put on a white coat and you can get away with anything... trust me... I'm a doctor...

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  21. Great post! A very enjoyable read!

    -Weasel

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  22. Thanks Weasel; Different, but fun.

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  23. Far from vanilla, this villanelle!

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  24. Thanks Tumblewords; That would require imagination... :)

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  25. I love the way your chosen form hammers at the exclusion of the imagination and yet still has to abandon books for experience, which still requires the application of the imagination. Very nice, tight irony!

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  26. Thanks Paul; Quite right, - no action without thought.

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  27. Fun, Stan.
    obviously not extemporation

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  28. Thanks to:
    B; That all depends on what happened next...
    Wayne; I read a comment that mentioned your birhthday... Happy Birthday.

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  29. Villanelles can be real killers. You pulled it off effortlessly.


    now it is there, now it isn't

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  30. Thanks Gautami; Maintaining the double refrain is the hardest part.

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  31. A great job with this form, very witty.

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  32. Thanks Francis; Different, for me, but a good exercise.

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  33. Not only did it work, it was enjoyable to read. Nice!!

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  34. Thanks Deb; Glad you think so.

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