i have visited this place before (National Poetry Month day 16)

i have dreamt this place before

If you’re new here, I suppose I ought to explain this. So I call this a ‘Cell Poem’ – I don’t know if I invented it, but I’ve never seen one in the wild. It basically functions like a big, clunky acrostic. It can be read either left-to-right or top-to-bottom.

I’m still working on injecting a bit of a punch into the lines, though it’s somewhat difficult due to the rather stringent demands the form requires of each word.

Cell Poem v2

All Voices Hide Sins
Voices corrupt memory lost,
Hide memory from heaven
Sins lost, heaven found.

I’m taking another look at this concept of vertically/horizontally aligning poems, this was a little mockup I did in about five minutes. I’m undecided on how punctuation factors into the mirror – it’s fine to use along the ‘fold’ of words that only appear once, but can look a bit odd otherwise. These are also significantly easier to do with less than 6 cells per row/column.

Survive the Winter

To Halt The Bud Before The Blooming,
See The Shadow Of This Sorrow Crimson
This Bramble Slows The Growth Of Flowers
Misery Of The Winter Dulls Lingering Color
End Each Moment Hiding That Emotion Distant
At Cold We All Wonder Between Stars
Last Night Shared Secrets Left Us Weeping.

Reflecting Poem

All Unspoken Words Shout The Truth Gladly,
Unspoken Secrets Waiting For Lies Turned Sour
Words Waiting Hide Revelation Against Your Lover
Shout For Revelation In What Gazing Seeks
The Lies Against Where Man’s Sight Rests
Truth Turned Your Gazing Sight Inward Reflecting
Gladly, Sour Lover Seeks Rests Reflecting Life.