What’s he going on about now? Formula? Nerds?
Yes, I’m sorry. It’s Backside again, being abstruse (one of his fave words). It’s about poetry – wot he likes doing – but he finds it impossible without a formula, a framework, a function. The three Fs, you might say.
So your mission this month, should you wish to engage, is to reveal your innermost workings by means of this plan:
- The first line of the poem involves an emotion: sadness, anger, confusion, hurt, love, jealousy.
- The second line describes the emotion as a colour. For example, you might describe anger as “red as a rag to a bull ;” happiness might be “as pink as a chimp’s chuff.”
- The third line starts with “It happens when . . ..” For example, “Anger happens. . .when I’m told to move myself or words to that effect.” “Confusion happens when I do it but apparently not well enough.”
- The fourth line begins with “It sounds like . . ..” For example, “Sadness sounds like. . .a Rangers supporter.”
- The last line of the poem repeats the original emotion.
There! That was easy, eh? Only five lines at a time, rhyming or not, scanning or not, serious or not – but as many emotions as your constitution will stand. But no deviation from the formula, p-lease!
Closing date 27th October after Backside’s standard, formulaic breakfast. Thank you.