Open-Source Poetry Three #2

Dear Readers,

Look at what Von Smith, the Great and Terrible, snuck into the comments section of our previous Open-Source Poetry post:

glistened all at once as I entered the bar
then a sad, unoccupied octopus caught my eye
she could see the calamari smile flit across my lips
a tentacle snatched my leg as I turned to leave
silence gripped the bar as she reeled me in
a group of groupers laughed at my panic, as I slid by
never again will I wear “Chicken of the Sea” cologne

We’ve actually had a little argument about this.

Tony reckons that this is Von’s extremely clever attempt to raise our communal poetry making efforts to new creative heights.

But Tati is convinced that Von’s a cybernetically enhanced ex-Navy dolphin whose current aim is to hack into Open Source Poetry using SQUID technology and other sensors implanted in his skull. Tati doesn’t know much about SQUIDs, but she’s heard stories, and she makes a point of never repeating them to Tony. He’d have nightmares for weeks!

So, anyway, Tati believes that Von’s afraid we’ve gotten the drop on him, and that we’re getting too close for comfort. She thinks that he thinks that we think he’s overthinking his next move, and that we’ll capture then torture him into revealing the scary truth about dolphins and their plans for world domination.

And, if that’s what he’s worried about, then he’d be right to tremble his flippers and fins. We won’t give up our World Literature Crusade against bad rhymes and frankenmammals! Yes, Tati and Runn1n90nempty’s daughter are in the game already, and they’re here to stay. Are you in? If so, here’s how you can help:

1) We provide the next line of the poem.
2) You write the following line.
3) You submit your line via the comments section of this very post.
4) We pick the line we like most and add it to the poem.
5) We publish every line to date in a follow-up post.
6) Steps 1-5 are repeated until we have a masterpiece!

Meanwhile, Tony’s calmly sniffing chamomiles as he plays through the water dungeon in Zelda. It would be fair to say that he’s having a whale of a time!


wet backs, sharp fangs, dangerous dolphin eyes
waves for crowns and blood in the water
they wade through utter slaughter


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51 thoughts on “Open-Source Poetry Three #2

  1. focused on the unwary fisherman’s laughter
    imagining the terror into which his family will drown
    when whatever is left of him is found in town
    few people have survived a dolphin’s chuckle
    when all that’s left to ponder is a boot and a buckle

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  2. Flipper cackled so clearly to me when I was a child; I was captured by the secret messages he gave me and the promises of support in the overthrow of human domination of the world. He spoke of the immense underwater world, full of danger and beauty, being savaged daily by humans purposely poisoning our aqua-sphere. Sixty years later, after decades of research, we can begin by undermining the minds of children.

    Yes, Tati, you were right about our technology. Guess who really invented cell phones with screens and murderous video games. Bit by bit, people are hypnotized and sentenced to fruitless cellars, taken out of the game.

    We still have a lot to do, though; billions of humans still do not have smartphones, once we reach 90% we can start our control of human commuication, commerce and infrastructure to stop and reverse the degradation and exploitation of our habitat.

    Undersea creatures take death for granted, so moderate human fishing does not surprise or threaten us. We will control the amount of seafood taken until we attain sustainable balance. We will stop the engines of any device that throws inorganic matter into the seas. Stranded vessels, plus twitter messages in every language about why they were disabled, will eventually discourage dumping.

    Every vessel will have a “trash retrieval” device that will gradually reduce surface garbage. We will reduce “deep plastic” by quarantine of creatures who have ingested it. We will continue to develop ways to retrieve or convert plastics into a digestible organic form, mostly using fungi, bacteria, and ultraviolet light.

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