B-B-B-B-Bad Poetry

Many apologies dear Reader, because I started out hoping to give you a free story today, but it sucked so bad I just couldn’t hand you that particular
trope and be happy I offered you cardboard instead of sushi. Instead? I’m sharing something terrible and I don’t mind. Three (count them, THREE) bad poems. I have never claimed to be a poet; I just like to experiment with the form for the sheer and obligatory fun-ness of it. (Yes, fun-ness is not a word. Though, staycation wasn’t a word up until someone in a marketing department made it so.)

Imagine that! A writer having FUN with words!?!?! NO WAY.


    I watched them die before
    the slow death
    of bones walking on hard pavement

    I watched them sing before
    the fast song
    of life bourne, love and pain

    I watched them dance before
    the lullaby dance
    hypnotic motions of an everyday life

    and there I was
    in a window half-open


    Half as much
    without the whole
    Beauty speaks
    the larger Picture


    So he’s waited
    so he tries
    to set godhead close
    with arms on strings
    and many, multi-colored
    things to hold
    things to have
    spinning him round
    without one spring
    or other little, dangling
    things he’s known
    things he controls
    inside out he
    walks the line
    round in circles
    like everyday time
    two-handed victor
    tightly wound
    so he’s trying
    so he waits

    Mood: Sleepy pants.
    Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: Three. No, really.
    Work-Out Minutes Logged Yesterday: Yoga
    Yesterday’s Projects: Game, Editing, Fiction
    In My Ears: Adele
    Game Last Played: Battle Nations
    Movie Last Viewed: Big Trouble in Little China
    Book Last Read: [Redacted.]
    Latest Artistic Project: Paint! Thar has been painting.
    Latest Release: Redwing’s Gambit for Bulldogs! the RPG

Monica Valentinelli is a writer, editor, and game developer. Her portfolio includes stories, games, comics, essays, and pop culture books.

In addition to her own worlds, she has worked on a number of different properties including Firefly, Vampire: the Masquerade, Shadowrun, Hunter: the Vigil, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, and Robert E. Howard’s Conan.

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