Whittled Words – Blitz Poem



Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:




I was intrigued the beauty of the Blitz form while reading it on another poet’s blog. Her variation captured the repetitive nature beautifully. I have included it below, as an example of what can be done with standardized form, a little work, and a ton of creativity. I did a little research, and it looks challenging and fun. It was created by Robert Keim and is a 50-line poem of short phrases and images.

Here are the rules:

  • Line 1 should be one short phrase or image (like “build a boat”)
  • Line 2 should be another short phrase or image using the same first word as the first word in Line 1 (something like “build a house”)
  • Lines 3 and 4 should be short phrases or images using the last word of Line 2 as their first words (so Line 3 might be “house for sale” and Line 4 might be “house for rent”)
  • Lines 5 and 6 should be short phrases or images using the last word of Line 4 as their first words, and so on until you’ve made it through 48 lines
  • Line 49 should be the last word of Line 48
  • Line 50 should be the last word of Line 47
  • The title of the poem should be three words long and follow this format: (first word of Line 3) (preposition or conjunction) (first word of line 47)
  • There should be no punctuation

There are a lot of rules, but it’s a pretty simple and fun poem to write once you get the hang of it.


Examples of Blitz Poems:



(Blitz Variation)

by Yasmin Khan



Delphinium scented night

Delphinium sparkling bright

Bright, the heliotrope stars

Bright, the frosty tasseled hours

Hours that spell sweet Alyssum

Hours filled with poignant rhythm

Rhythm chiming cosmic tunes

Rhythm, lay of aural runes

Runes that bloom in your eyes

Runes that caress my sighs

Sighs of our rendezvous

Sighs that define I love you

You are the vision in my eye

You are where I want to fly

Fly to where the flowers sway

Fly to where our souls can stay

Stay where your dreams become mine

Stay to let interludes entwine





By Scott A. Saigon


Clouds are gathering
Clouds full grey
Gathering up hopes
Gathering it all
All in chaos
All will fall
Fall bleaching colour
Fall sweeping clean
Clean away summer
Clean away dreams
Dreams turn inward
Dreams of hibernation
Hibernation of spirit
Hibernation of life
Life draws breath
Life will survive
Survive the cold
Survive the barren
Barren the frost
Barren the field
Field of brown
Field of angst
Angst for the future
Angst of regret
Regret for inaction
Regret opportunity lost
Lost in thought
Lost to hope
Hope renews itself
Hope springs anew
Anew the warmth
Anew the spark
Spark of life
Spark of growth
Growth will endure
Growth eternal
Eternal cycle reborn
Eternal hops springs
Spring’s colour revived
Spring’s new promise
Promise me hope
Promise me life
Life asserts
Life awakes
Awakes the colour
Awakes again bright
Bright skies blue
Bright new dreams




By Brad Osborne

Walk the path

Walk the Way

Way to find

Way to mind

Mind your words

Mind your soul

Soul of good

Soul in control

Control your wants

Control your needs

Needs for little

Needs for love

Love yourself

Love the world

World of wonder

World of beauty

Beauty of land

Beauty of nature

Nature in all

Nature as one

One reflected

One connected

Connected peace

Connected hope

Hope for each

Hope for all

All to reach

All to teach

Teach in thought

Teach in actions

Actions speak

Actions lead

Lead your life

Lead your song

Song of spirit

Song of joy

Joy your proof

Joy your light

Light of mind

Light of life

Life of caring

Life of heart

Heart be pure

Heart be strong

Strong of will

Strong of mind

Mind your path

Mind your walk





I hope you have enjoyed this entry to the series, Whittled Words. I look forward to your comments, and if you dare, maybe share your own Blitz poem. Thanks for reading!




6 Responses to “Whittled Words – Blitz Poem”
  1. Jim Borden says:

    that is a lot of rules, but you pulled it off beautifully; yours is the best of the three that you shared!

  2. jupitergrant says:

    Fascinating poetic form

  3. RobKeim says:

    These are great examples! I posted a new one this morning:

    Three among Infinity

    Bad things happen
    Bad things come in three
    Three horsemen plus one
    Three old men
    Men and kings
    Men with things
    Things make the man
    Things that weigh
    Weigh a man down
    Weigh down the day
    Day after day
    Day in and day out
    Out of sorts
    Out of reach
    Reach down so you can
    Reach up
    Up to the cliff edge
    Up to the light
    Light of the noon day sky
    Light shoulders after dropping the burden
    Burden of grief
    Burden better shared
    Shared in small pieces
    Shared with the trusted
    Trusted friend or family
    Trusted to not let go
    Let go of the tethers
    Let go of hope
    Hope for an air pocket
    Hope with her feathers
    Feathers bright and light
    Feathers to fly away
    Away away away
    Away to where you find your peace
    Peace within
    Peace without
    Without shackles
    Without stomach clamping fear
    Fear of the third thing coming
    Fear of the endlessness
    Endlessness if threes aren’t the rule
    Endlessness of what if
    What if we feel after death
    What if love isn’t boundless
    Boundless as the widest waters
    Boundless as infinity
    Infinity of spirit
    Infinity of light

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