Seven-Minute Micro Poetry: The Burning Pit of Men

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What is Seven-Minute Micro Poetry?

Seven-minute micro poetry (#7MMP) is a writing exercise aimed at getting the creative engine started. A prompt image created by Artbreeder; an AI-generated image using a neural network serves as a jumping-off point for writing your micro poem. You have seven minutes from the moment your pen touches paper. You’re free to interpret the image in any way you wish. Even a singular aspect of an image (e.g. the colour red, the time of day, a mountain) could be what inspires you to write your piece. I’m hoping this loose structure will allow for more people to get involved without feeling weighed down by the prompt. Extra time for grammar and spelling corrections is fine. Focus on the creativity of your work in the seven minutes.

How to Get Involved

Feel free to comment with your poem below. Alternatively, send me a link to your blog with the poem and I’ll do a round-up of my favourites. I’ve posted my first poem in this series to give you an example. I hope you find this little exercise useful in enabling your creativity. If you have any questions or ideas on how to make this tag better you can reach me via my contact page or in the comments. Happy Creating!


Ebon clouds streaked with scarlet tendrils
eat their way across the midnight sky.

In its almighty gaze,
I’m nothing but gristle
caught in its gaping maw

The flames offer little protection,
scorching earth but Gaia doesn’t weep.
She laughs as all-powerful beings do.

This sullen place
where death is made—
torn asunder and rebuilt.

Where I sweat and toil for eternity
without complaint.
My tongue is Tityos’ liver;
engorged by lies—feasted upon.
These silent tortures I now bear.

As the night slowly draws its breath.
I am tossed into the pit of men
to sleep and suffer once again.

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7 thoughts on “Seven-Minute Micro Poetry: The Burning Pit of Men

  1. Hi

    Thank you. This was a lot of fun. Your poem is beautiful

    I really enjoyed the structure you created for the 7 minute micro. I used my featured photo as the reference (link below poem).

    Facing

    Cloth-wrapped packages
    A pleasure to receive
    The cloth-wrapped world
    This æther
    We are of it
    I am from it
    The gifts of skies
    Wrapped in clouds
    Mauve
    Taupe
    Dreams
    & reveries
    What Saturday
    Brings more
    Activity
    These days
    Quarantine
    A determinant
    Of many things
    I don’t resent
    I value
    The safety we
    Build
    Wrapping cloth
    Masks
    Eyes speaking
    Faces
    A belief
    In the future
    Of everything
    Weekdays we
    Make our way
    In new ways
    Cloth
    Paper
    Elastic
    Life
    Art & music
    Patience
    Cloth-wrapped
    Bodies
    Eternally
    Facing
    The possibility
    Of making
    Anew
    Textures of
    Things
    We weren’t
    Expecting

    © Niliema Karkhanis
    https://niliema.com/2021/03/22/facing/

    1. Thank you and I’m glad to hear it helped. That’s a great piece you’ve written, it’s extremely relatable and familiar but in a beautiful form. Visually it looks like your poem is breathing. I’m hoping to do this tag every Monday as a way to kick off the week so feel free to share it around.

      1. Thank you for your wonderful reflection on my poem. I look forward to your future Monday tags & will share about it. 🎵🎶

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