The piece below is a BLITZ poem, fifty lines of loosely related phrases and images that read (in my mind, anyway) like a schizophrenic flight of ideas.  Click HERE to learn the ground rules of the form, or simply enjoy this blueprint of a journey through the human mind.  It was penned in less than fifteen minutes and I changed nothing, save for the insertion of the first two lines after I had completed the rest; I re-read the rules and wanted the title to contain the word “BLUE” (to fit the prompt).



Black and white
Black and blue
Blue eyes
Blue skies
Skies so clear
Skies of clouds
Clouds in coffee
Clouds in judgment
Judgment passed
Judgment Day
Day of birth
Birth of a nation
Nation gone awry
Nation under God
God is real
God is watching
Watching from afar
Watching birds
Bird song
Bird wings
Wings of freedom
Wings of angels
Angels unaware
Angels among us
Us vs. Them
Us united
United States
United we stand
Stand for something
Stand your ground
Ground is lost
Ground is gained
Gained insight
Gained knowledge
Knowledge is power
Knowledge is sorrow
Sorrow overflowing
Sorrow overcome
Overcome obstacles
Overcome with emotion
Emotion expressed
Emotion bottled up
Up and down
Up and running
Running away
Running in a dream

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  1. chevvy8 January 22, 2017 / 7:47 am

    I loved this Joan. I read it very fast and got that Stream of consciousness going in my head. I think there’s a number of perspectives and sentiments embroiled here. I was reminded of President Trump’s speech and the references to God. I guess time will tell which sentiments will come forth. You did a great job of it! 😀

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    • Just Joan January 22, 2017 / 9:12 am

      Thanks, Chev. It all just came pouring out. In retrospect, I see pairs of conflicted opposites, trouble brewing, hanging on to concrete images and bits of faith, hoping it is all just a nightmare. PINK would have been a great prompt with all the Women’s Marches going on this weekend 🙂

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      • chevvy8 January 22, 2017 / 9:27 am

        Amazing flow that flow works. I can see how one would be conflicted and uncertain. Yes, the pink would indeed be interesting. Great work!

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    • Just Joan January 23, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      Thanks, Marissa. Funny what floats to the top of the stream of consciousness in a speed exercise like this. Helps to shut off the internal censor. 🙂

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  2. Peter Klopp January 22, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Impressive poem of free association! It is quite remarkable that you finished writing this poem in 15 minutes. Wow!

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    • Just Joan January 23, 2017 / 1:26 pm

      Thanks, Peter. The speed is part of getting past the internal censor. These lines, I feel, are quite telling about me as a person. 🙂

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  3. Tippy Gnu January 22, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    Poem long. Short verses. Nice flow. Ice flow. Raining down. Words drown. Sounding true. But also blue.

    See, I can be schizophrenic too. 🙂

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    • Just Joan January 23, 2017 / 1:31 pm

      Thanks, Tippy. I always love it when some verse of mine inspires a reader to write a poem, to let their own truths flow. Speaking of truths, I heard someone (in reference to Trump) call outright lies “alternative truths” and I was like, WTF? This is beyond PC and over the border of FantasyLand. 🙂

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      • Tippy Gnu January 23, 2017 / 5:26 pm

        But it does seem appropriate for a man who lost the popular vote, but won in the alternative way.

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    • Just Joan January 23, 2017 / 2:31 pm

      Thanks, 227. Blitz poetry has a certain brand of honesty that cannot (and should not?) be edited. With all the Women’s Marches going on over the weekend (big and small… I saw a one-woman march in some little town in Austria!), it would have been cool if the prompt had been PINK. 🙂

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  4. K E Garland January 23, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    I’m always so amazed with how well you write in any form. I just can’t say it enough. On a separate note, this one does illustrate what many of us are feeling. It’s so surreal and paradoxical.

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    • Just Joan January 23, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Thanks, KE! I love to experiment and this one was especially fun, fast and furious. Might try it with PINK, in honor of all the recent women’s marches 🙂

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  5. kamunde January 24, 2017 / 9:48 am

    I love this piece! It makes me move…to places i can only imagine. It is filled with a sense of freshness. Thanks Joan

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    • Just Joan January 24, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Thanks, Aston. Freshness, a very apt description. I felt the same. As always, appreciate your visit and feedback. 🙂

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  6. L. T. Garvin, Author January 25, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    I’ve never seen this form before, but I love it. You did a super job building that stream of consciousness, Joan!

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    • Just Joan January 26, 2017 / 8:00 am

      Thanks, Lana. It’s an easy exercise, and a good one to get your mind revving or break through a block. Reviewing it is like taking a hard look in the mirror, though. Your inner self will come out. 🙂

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      • L. T. Garvin, Author January 26, 2017 / 10:35 am

        I think it’s good practice, I may try one. I wish my inner self would go out into the sunlight…these are such sad days.

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  7. Diana R. April 24, 2017 / 9:42 am


    I attended your poetry workshop two weeks ago. Thank you again for your workshop. It was a catalyst to reigniting my daily writing. I just wanted to share my next blitz with you.

    “Grown Moment”

    Weeds pulled
    Weeds grown
    Grown Impatient
    Grown too wild
    wild and lush
    wild, and dangerous?
    Dangerous to allow
    Dangerous to challenge
    Challenge old gods
    Challenge my view
    View inside
    View from the top
    Top of the heap
    Top of the class
    Class defines a lady
    Class defines your grade
    Grade A
    Grade curve
    Curve in the road
    Curve of my back
    back in the saddle
    Back to back
    Back to square one
    Back to basics now
    Now is the time
    Now is your moment
    Moment to learn
    Moment to bloom
    Bloom in new directions
    Bloom towards the sun

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    • Just Joan April 24, 2017 / 11:20 am

      Delighted to see you here, Diana! I thoroughly enjoyed leading the workshop and am happy it got you back on track with your writing. Your BLITZ is amazing, many of the ideas in it spoke to me. You pull in elements of Earth Day and gardening, the idea of “allowing or challenging” the weeds, which leads to seeing from more than one perspective, curves in path and self as you re-invent, and living in the moment. I especially liked the “back to back” loop, that leads “back to square one,” very clever! Thank you for sharing, this sort of thing makes my day! 🙂


    • Just Joan September 20, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      If a Blitz is going to be good, it has to be allowed to flow freely. Fifty lines is long enough to thwart even the best planner and make the ending a surprise. Try one just for fun and see where it takes you, then read it and see what it reveals about you. Uncanny how spot-on they can be. 🙂

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