I’d been trying to work myself into enough of a lather to satisfy Muri’s RANT PROSE prompt. Surely there was something in my life worthy of a two-page screed?  Silly team building exercises.  The word MONETIZE.  Paying $4.19 for a gallon of gas.  Driving in Cleveland.  A cat that can’t decide if he wants to be in or out.  Poetry getting celebrated only one month of the year.  Unfortunately, the rant part of my brain got short-circuited by a book I read for discussion group, The Story of More by Hope Jahren.  In summary, it’s about haves and have-nots and how the First World’s lust for meat and electricity and gas-guzzling SUV’s has pushed global warming almost to the tipping point.  Suddenly, every tirade I conjured up sounded petty and whiny.  I couldn’t roll out two pages, even just for kicks, without thinking to myself, Put a cork in it, why don’t you, Karen?  What right had I to grumble while others went without food and clean water?  While they were living in shanties and being buried alive by mudslides?  Fleeing with just the clothes on their backs to escape the war over fossil fuels going on in their back yard?  I decided to go with Muri’s alternate prompt on this one, beginning my BLITZ with the word BLIND.  Blitzes are fun and fast and, if done freely (without censoring), quite telling about the writer.  Buried in mine you will find faith and fathers and food.  Scammers and skivers and jailbirds.  180’s and superheroes and #2 pencils.  Viruses and ferocity and travels à la Gulliver.  Old-fashioned things, necessary things, and things found on Buzzword BINGO cards, the whole enchilada sprinkled liberally with homophones.  I challenge you to write a blitz and examine the flotsam that emerges from your subconscious. Maybe you’ll get lucky and end up where I did, alone with a slice of key lime pie. 

Thank you, Murisopsis, for making National Poetry Month special with yet another marvelous challenge!!!


Blind fury
Blind faith
Faith healer
Faith of our Fathers
Fathers and mothers
Father’s Day
Day of the Dead
Day lily
Lily pad
Pad the bill
Pad by the phone
Phone call
Fight or flight
Fight Club
Club soda
Club Med
Med Mart
Turn for the worse
A bout of the flu
Flu shot
Flew off the handle
Handel’s Messiah
Handle it
It’s a bird
It’s a plane
Plain Jane
Plain yogurt
Yogurt parfait
Yogurt and berries
Buries treasure
Buries the dead
Lock and key
Key players
Key lime pie

11 thoughts on “I’M GOING WITH DOOR #2

  1. Tippy Gnu April 29, 2022 / 6:20 am

    This poem resembles a psychotherapy session.

    We live in a crazy world, and I think it will always be crazy. I think if we solved all the world’s problems today, then tomorrow we’d create new ones, just as difficult.

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    • Just Joan April 29, 2022 / 6:35 am

      Does that mean I get today off, with no appt to go to? I think you’re right, it will be crazy for as long as the world lasts. It makes you wonder about QI (quality improvement, another square on Buzzword Bingo), if our supposed improvements make things better or worse. Labor saving devices suck up fossil fuel, make CO2, and allow us to become fat and lazy.

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      • Tippy Gnu April 29, 2022 / 6:43 am

        I suppose labor saving devices do both. They make things both better and worse.

        I just try to keep my life as simple as possible. That keeps me from going too crazy, and coincidentally probably results in less fossil fuel being burned.

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      • Just Joan April 29, 2022 / 6:50 am

        Simplicity is the way to go. Honestly, once the basics are covered, we don’t need much to be happy.

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  2. murisopsis April 29, 2022 / 7:43 am

    Joan this is one of my favorite (and most cleverly constructed) Blitz poems ever!! I’m so sorry (but not sorry) that you couldn’t find a rant. Some days the perspective makes me humble and unable to rant to save my soul…. I guess that’s a really good place to be!
    As an aside, I used to be the one to make up the buzz word Bingo cards and present the CE – I always loved when the staff would get into it!

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    • Just Joan April 29, 2022 / 7:57 am

      Thanks, Muri. I was quite excited to be given permission to rant and looked forward to it. I tried, I really tried, but… Good thing you designed this with flex prompts. I like Blitzes because they’re revealing. I never know what will pop out and I’m as surprised as anyone by the results. Buzzword Bingo is a nice way to pass the time at those mind numbing meetings. The peons thank you for trying to make it fun.

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  3. churchmousie April 29, 2022 / 10:41 am

    I found this very entertaining – and learned a new form of poetry. Thanks for “playing” 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Just Joan April 29, 2022 / 10:48 am

      I taught a poetry class at the library a few years ago, just a one-time gig for NPM. And or our writing exercise, I had the six participants do a blitz. It was a lot of fun and, as I mentioned, revealing. Anyone can do it. Have at it and enjoy, Churchmousie.


  4. joyroses13 April 29, 2022 / 10:42 am

    It can be quite interesting what we find buried in our subconscious. Great job on the Blitz, except now I want some keylime pie. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Just Joan April 29, 2022 / 10:49 am

      Me too. Maybe a pan of lemon bars would do. I made some at Easter and they were the bomb.


      • joyroses13 April 29, 2022 / 11:28 am

        OH lemon bars are tasty too! My mom used to make them a lot when I was growing up.

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