PTWWW & New To Me Poetry: Epigrams

For the Paint The World With Words “Be Inspired Challenge” this week, we are playing with Epigrams. An Epigram is defined as, “a pithy saying or remark expressing an idea in a clever and amusing way.”

My epigram came from wondering what the hell I was going to write for an epigram:

In the recess of thought, great words sit;
awaiting the writer to unleash their wit.
They lay in silence and pique’d fit;
for most, including me, aren’t up to it.

I also decided to try my hand at some other epigrams:

Faith is a five-year-old’s belief in parents perfection. Wisdom is the realization they are not.

I love movies. They divorce people from reality, who in turn divorce each other because their reality is not a movie. 

Writers strive to reveal society’s troubles. Society obliges by giving them so much to write about.

Zeal is great…until it crosses to zealotry. Then, not so much.

Hope you enjoy.

Happy Reading and Writing!


PTWWW-Found Poem: Stand

Photo via @NU_Sports

Photo via @NU_Sports

Stand With Purdue.

fans at a basketball game paint letters across their chests,

usually the name of their school or its star player.

a group of Northwestern students,

went with something more meaningful-

when the Wildcats hosted Purdue.

a gunman shot and killed Purdue student Andrew Boldt

inside the school’s electrical engineering building.

Stand With Purdue.

publisher of tried to approach

the students with “Stand With Purdue” on their chests,

in hopes of landing an interview.

They didn’t want the attention.

Cool stuff.

Stand With Purdue.


For Paint The World With Words poetry form of the week: Found Poem. A found poem relies exclusively on outside text, ‘as is’ for the most part, for creation. The poet determines the shape and form the poem will take.

My poem comes from this story by Jeff Eisenberg. All credit for the words goes to him, I merely reshaped them into a different form.

Hats off to the students at Northwestern, and condolences and thoughts go out to those affected by the tragedy.

New To Me Poetry-Triolet: Memories Fade

Memories fade into the twilight mist;
*confusion-loss* sense of self gone.
Where was I when love first kissed,
memories fade into the twilight mist.
Children are treasures sorely missed;
faces of family and friends hidden by curtains drawn.
Memories fade into the twilight mist.
Confusion…loss…sense of self gone.

For Paint The World With Words “Be Inspired” challenge. This week’s poetry form is the Triolet. A triolet is characterized by having two stanzas of four lines each. The first line of the first stanza also serves as the fourth and seventh line of the poem. The second line of the first stanza also serves as the last line of the poem. It has an ABaA abAB rhyme scheme (capital letters denote repeated lines). There are no restrictions on the length of the lines.

Head over to PTWWW and check out other writers take on the challenge.

Hope you enjoy.

Happy Reading and Writing!

J. Milburn