Good evening, fellow poets, and welcome to the bar. Tonight, let’s have some fun. I’m really enjoying the forms we’ve been doing, but I do feel like we’ve been doing a lot of heavy lifting recently, so tonight I’m going to be the poetry equivalent of the PE teacher who says “Let’s play dodgeball”.
So, let’s play with computer games. Yes, computer games. They’re big business. They’re almost as addictive as writing poetry, and probably more addictive than chocolate. They suck you in, sending you whirling down some vortex of time-warping existential chaos. Or, at least, that’s what seems to happen to my teenage son…
This prompt is a fight back. The poet’s revenge on the digital seduction. And I’m hoping it will be a bit of fun. We’ve done similar prompts in the past – I remember writing poems featuring cereal and candy bar names. Tonight, I want you to choose 3 names from the list of computer game names below, and somehow or other wrangle them into a poem.
You don’t need to know anything about the game – just let the name inspire you.
The Elder Scrolls
God of War
Path of Exile.
As I worked my way down the list, I realised a lot of names were pretty portentous. You don’t have to write a portentous poem, though – have some fun, twist things up, subvert them – or go as dark as you like.
Once you’ve written your poem:
- Link it up to Mr Linky
- Comment below, and have a drink with us, if you’ve got the time
- Read and comment on your fellow poets’ work.
- Have fun!
Thanks for hosting, Sarah! And hello to everyone.
It is snowing hard here in Boston. I’m glad I’m inside at the pub. Any hot chocolate available? With marshmallows?
Definitely hot chocolate. I have whipped cream and marshmallows, and I can drop in a shot of Baileys if you wish. Nice to see you here. Enjoy the game!
Oooh….yes to the Baileys! It’s a great prompt. Let the games begin 🙂
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello all.. those names where a lot of fun, and strangely erotic actually… well you have to go with the inspiration.
I’m not sure I’ll ever play Candy Crush again…
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
That blossom blast was really what made it for me.
I’m giggling now.
Loved your poem for this Sarah…..read it before seeing this comment….”I’m not sure I’ll ever play Candy Crush again….” and I literally laughed out loud! 🙂
We aim to please …
Hi Sarah and All. Hot chocolate with marshmallows sounds very yummy. It’s a soft, heavy blanket falling here now and I’m sure I’ll be snowed in again soon. This is a fun prompt we’ll see what happens…
Well, a dVerse night is a good night to be snowed in. Just kick back and poet. It’s lovely to have you here.
We have mud.
thanks Sarah 🙂 Hope you have tall boots!
Oh I have a difficult relationship with games…
My sons, both in their 30s now, still play the computer-based games. They can take a lot of time, I know that much…
I must just finish this level… grrr!
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Thank you for hosting, Sarah, and for the challenging prompt! I’ve had a very strange day and will be back to read and comment in the morning.
Sleep well, Kim. x
Thank you, Sarah – I’ve only just read this at 7.02 am after reading my way through emails and other comments. I must get cracking with reading and commenting now!
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Robert D said:
I have to admit that I’m tempted to write a few more just for fun. I couldn’t avoid making fun of Candy Crush when I remembered that there really is a 26 pound gummy bear.
The more the merrier!
Charmed Chaos said:
Hi everyone- What a great prompt Sarah! Thanks for hosting.
Thanks for hosting Sarah. Great prompt! In the spirit of the dugitsl games, I wrote a fantasy fabel about Zak the Protector. I used everyone of the game titles you posted, in the exact order you posted them. Hope you like it! 🙂
That is beyond the Call of Duty!!!
I must repeat Sarah, I LOVE your prompt! I hope more people respond tomorrow because I’d enjoy seeing where people can take this…
Call me a dinosaur… I have never played a video game and have no clue about any of these!
OK Dwight, you’re a dinosaur… ;-)) …but I am right there in the tar pit with you. My 41-year-old son Justin, and now my 5-year-old grandson Alex love their video a and they are exceptional. I do not understand much, but Alex is always coming down to our place saying, “Come on PawPaw, i will teach. The hand / eye coordination of Alex blows my mind. And the complexity of the script that needs to be remembered just to do “combat” road racing. I just watch in awe, jaw hanging open. It isn’t a joke. Layer upon layer of functions required to drive and shoot – and stear high speed, through traffic more chaotic than LA. Telling Dwight, my 5-year-old Alex is fully prepare with quickest and complexity of memory, to fly military drone missions. Strikes ol PawPaw with both fear and awe.
LOL! you are right! My family is the same way. My son who is about the same age as yours and grandson, love their video gams. I was never coordinated to do that! I don’t see the fun in it!! Seems like a futile effort to me.
Thanks for your great comment!
But you don’t need to know anything! Just have fun with the words. ☺️
Perhaps you Re correct Sarah. People are hesitant to respond because they think thry need knowlege of the game. Forget the games like you said, just use the words.
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Both of us can't look good...it's either me or the house said:
My younger sister was the one for games. Still I gave it a go. Many thanks for hosting Sarah.
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The Abject Muse said:
I can’t access Mr. Linky at work, so here’s mine: https://theabjectmuse.me/2019/02/13/the-alchemist/
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Squeezing in before the pub door closes!! A great prompt, Sarah. I will be sure to visit others tonight,even if the prompt is officially closed. Also adding this one to The Rubaiyat ~ Poetry Forms.
Here’s mine 🙂 https://relaxitsallwrite.wordpress.com/2020/12/04/i-got-this/
When I click on Mister Linky it says, “Linky Widget expiration: 2 years ago” and doesn’t give me the option to add mine?!
Yes, we only keep Mr Linky open for 48 hours.
Oh! Gotcha…so I was too little too late lol
Just a tiny bit 😉