Changes in Obligation: A ‘Blitz’ Poem

Changes in Obligation…


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Blitz Poems

I found out about Blitz Poems from John Hansen’s example ‘Clouds are Forever’, his take on following the rules set out by Veronica McDonald.  I thought it would be difficult and some of the word choices were, though momentary.  In the end, I was lucky that it panned out better than expected, sitting within the boundaries I had set for myself.  My intention is to create a few more, as an exercise to stretch my use of words.

A ‘Blitz’ poem has a set form of 50 lines with a few rules, for which I refer you to John or Veronica.  It’s a challenge but I find all challenges push our boundaries a little and cause us to adopt a slightly different tack. I like the rhythm this creates, especially the wind down to the finish.


Changes in Obligation

Weather moods

Weather changes

Changes seasons

Changes colours

Colours blend

Colours vibrant

Vibrant smiles

Vibrant chimes

Chimes for sorrow

Chimes for joy

Joy in life

Joy in friends

Friends to help

Friends for life

Life can last

Life’s a journey

Journey beckons

Journey’s end

End of road?

End of pain

Pain of love

Pain of break

Break a limb

Break a heart

Heart of gold

Heart of steel

Steel your nerve

Steel band plays

Plays to delight

Plays on stage

Stage a fight

Stage a drama

Drama enthralls

Drama reflects

Reflects our minds

Reflects in mirrors

Mirrors the soul

Mirrors distorted

Distorted thoughts

Distorted minds

Minds to invent

Minds to care

Care of family

Care in society

Society’s function

Society’s obligation

Obligation to save

Obligation to nurture



AFC 2022


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Ann Carr

I love writing; short stories, poems, fiction and non-fiction. My time in teaching dyslexics, primary, secondary and adults, life with grandchildren and a multitude of experiences, all have taught me to value family, nature and life in general. I'm a member of HubPages ( which has helped me hone my writing skills. I have published an anthology of stories and poems on the subject of 'words', entitled 'Take a Word!', designed to encourage writers to stretch their boundaries when choosing words. It's exciting to be a part of a community which has the same passion for writing.

10 thoughts on “Changes in Obligation: A ‘Blitz’ Poem

  • February 4, 2022 at 1:13 PM

    Thank you, Phyllis. I’m glad you enjoyed this and I appreciate your visit.

  • February 5, 2022 at 4:52 PM

    Very well done, Ann. You met the requirements of the “blitz” poem perfectly. As you found out, it isn’t as challenging as it first seems. Good job.

  • February 6, 2022 at 2:43 AM

    Thanks John. Yes it was fun to do. Will try a few more. I think a story might be more difficult!

  • February 6, 2022 at 7:15 AM

    Well done Ann and as a bonus to an incredible read you have introduced me to new form! I am always excited to give a new form a try. I hope you are well and I have been enjoying the latest activity here on TCE. Jamie

  • February 6, 2022 at 8:13 AM

    Hi Jamie. I appreciate your kind comments. Looking forward to reading your Blitz poem.

  • February 7, 2022 at 10:33 AM

    Hmmm blitz poem….I may have to try my hand in one of these. Now I must check out John’s take on it as well. Nice work Ann~Paul

  • February 7, 2022 at 10:54 AM

    Thanks, Paul. I greatly appreciate your double visit. Can’t wait to see your own Blitz poem.

  • March 24, 2022 at 1:53 AM

    Pretty great post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really loved surfing around your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing on your rss feed and I’m hoping you write once more soon!

    • March 24, 2022 at 3:52 AM

      Thank you. I don’t have a blog but I appreciate your visit.


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