Adam Stone was off playing hooky this week, so doortender Michael F Gill gave a prompt he learned from comedian Ron Prudent:
Write a poem using the non-linear narrative structure of the movie Memento. Use your odd-numbered lines (first line, third line, fifth line, etc.) to tell a story, and your even-numbered lines (second, fourth, sixth, etc.) to tell the same story, but starting from the end and working backwards. Both plots should converge at the end of the poem.
Through an app, or a friend, or a friend of a friend, or a website, you end up procuring a date with a stranger. When you get there, you discover that your date is a ferret.
What happens next?
You are on a mission. You've lost something very important to you. Your favorite shirt, the Samurai Sword your mother left you, a proper sense of moral outrage. Something IMPORTANT.
While on your quest to discover it, you find a set of keys. What do they go to?
Write a poem in ten couplets (they do not have to rhyme or be of any particular length). Do not break your thoughts by the couplets, allow words to dangle, so that one couplet may end with a preposition that leads into the next couplet. Now, keeping each couplet exactly as you originally wrote it, move the couplets around, so that instead of being 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10, they are maybe 5, 3, 7, 9, 1, 10, 2, 4, 8, 6, or whichever order gives you a poem that uses the exact same words to paint a slightly different picture.
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