Bad Poetry Day Round Robin: Your First Line, Courtesy of Local Poet Rich Levy

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Bad Poetry Day is almost here, and, as promised, here is the first line of bad poetry in what we hope will be an annual tradition, producing tomes of bad poems and encouraging hosts of bad poets for generations to come.

The first to comment writes the next line of poetry; the next commenter writes the third, and so on, and so on until we feel like we finally have a solidly horrible poem. Misspellings, grammatical mistakes and using words you think mean one thing but actually mean something else are encouraged, but we need you to mine your creative guts to come up with something truly bad.

Much thanks to local poet/Inprint Executive Director Rich Levy, who provided the first line of the poem. "I think it affords opportunities to get some especially bad lines in there," Levy told us after giving us the line. "What does the bird see? How does it feel?"

Your first line is


Once upon a time, a bird flew to the top of a tree

Show us what you got, Houston.

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Steve
Steve

Once upon a time, a bird flew to the top of a treeIt saw a caterpillar on bended kneeWhich was odd for caterpillars don't have knees you seeSlurppppppp...breakfast, says the bird with mouth fullThen a nightingale began serenading the satiated bird with her siren song"You'll be dinner before much long" Her etiquette was quite alarming as having given away her plansShe pulled off her mask, twittering "Ah HA"and mumbling curses about the high cost of living, Eating mangoes, dancing tangoes, pelting passersby when ornerythey answered her with raised fists and twisted lips, sour feelings growing in their tiny, hard hearts as sour and hard as taffy that's not so laughy Yes, twas th bst uf tymes and th werst uf tymes, with in you and without ryhmes

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

as sour and hard as taffy that's not so laughy

Art Attack
Art Attack

*Not part of the poem* We should probably start wrapping up. Three more lines, folks, and we're done.

Olivia Flores Alvarez
Olivia Flores Alvarez

they answered her with raised fists and twisted lips, sour feelings growing in their tiny, hard hearts

Fran Sanders
Fran Sanders

Once upon a time, a bird flew to the top of a treeIt saw a caterpillar on bended kneeWhich was odd for caterpillars don't have knees you seeSlurppppppp...breakfast, says the bird with mouth fullThen a nightingale began serenading the satiated bird with her siren song"You'll be dinner before much long" Her etiquette was quite alarming as having given away her plansShe pulled off her mask, twittering "Ah HA"and mumbling curses about the high cost of living, Eating mangoes, dancing tangoes, pelting passersby when ornery

Steve
Steve

Once upon a time, a bird flew to the top of a treeIt saw a caterpillar on bended kneeWhich was odd for caterpillars don't have knees you seeSlurppppppp...breakfast, says the bird with mouth fullThen a nightingale began serenading the satiated bird with her siren song"You'll be dinner before much long" Her etiquette was quite alarming as having given away her plansShe pulled off her mask, twittering "Ah HA"and mumbling curses about the high cost of living

Comedy Schmomedy
Comedy Schmomedy

Once upon a time, a bird flew to the top of a treeIt saw a caterpillar on bended kneeWhich was odd for caterpillars don't have knees you seeSlurppppppp...breakfast, says the bird with mouth fullThen a nightingale began serenading the satiated bird with her siren song"You'll be dinner before much long" Her etiquette was quite alarming as having given away her plansShe pulled off her mask, twittering "Ah HA"

Angela Duncan
Angela Duncan

Once upon a time, a bird flew to the top of a treeIt saw a caterpillar on bended kneeWhich was odd for caterpillars don't have knees you seeSlurppppppp...breakfast, says the bird with mouth fullThen a nightingale began serenading the satiated bird with her siren song"You'll be dinner before much long" Her etiquette was quite alarming as having given away her plans

Jasmine James
Jasmine James

Once upon a time, a bird flew to the top of a treeIt saw a caterpillar on bended kneeWhich was odd for caterpillars don't have knees you seeSlurppppppp...breakfast, says the bird with mouth fullThen a nightingale began serenading the satiated bird with her siren song"You'll be dinner before much long"

Steve Jansen
Steve Jansen

Once upon a time, a bird flew to the top of a treeIt saw a caterpillar on bended kneeWhich was odd for caterpillars don't have knees you seeSlurppppppp...breakfast, says the bird with mouth fullThen a nightingale began serenading the satiated bird with her siren song

Steve
Steve

Once upon a time, a bird flew to the top of a treeIt saw a caterpillar on bended kneeWhich was odd for caterpillars don't have knees you seeSlurppppppp...breakfast, says the bird with mouth full

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

Once upon a time, a bird flew to the top of a treeIt saw a caterpillar on bended kneeWhich was odd for caterpillars don't have knees you see

Steve
Steve

Once upon a time, a bird flew to the top of a treeIt saw a caterpillar on bended knee

Fran
Fran

Once upon a time, a bird flew to the top of a treeIt saw a caterpillar on bended kneeWhich was odd for caterpillars don't have knees you seeSlurppppppp...breakfast, says the bird with mouth fullThen a nightingale began serenading the satiated bird with her siren song"You'll be dinner before much long" Her etiquette was quite alarming as having given away her plansShe pulled off her mask, twittering "Ah HA"and mumbling curses about the high cost of living,     

Eating mangoes, dancing tangoes, pelting passersby when ornery

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