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June 10, 2014

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Like the confession prompt -- in which the trick is either to shock or hoodwink the priest!

That's a great prompt! I'm going to steal that one too.

This one I made keeps me coming back:

Eager
wacky
feisty
sabotaging
pachisi
sagenesses by,

cry DADA—

sanguinely,
cum
pacific
fables,

vain to hachured mean odiums' mind.

Yawping,
let idiotisms
to habitual palaver
Xyster!

{A Mathematical Method:
•Choose the word length of the poem if wished.
•Generate that many random numbers using range 1-26 (letters in alphabet)
•Choose words such that each has the number of letters of one random number.
•The letter beginning the word should be the number of its place in the alphabet.
•Cast out the 9s on large numbers, e.g., 26 is 6+2=8. Few Z-words of 26 letters.
•Make the poem in the order the random numbers were generated or scramble them as pleases.
•Voila. }


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