Story a day: 2.5.16

Prompt: Today’s form is blitz.

It is a 50-line poem of short phrases and images. The “Blitz” poem is well-named, as the fifty short lines are read in rapid-fire fashion. […]

Here are the rules:

    • Line 1 should be one short phrase or image (like “build a boat”)
    • Line 2 should be another short phrase or image using the same first word as the first word in Line 1 (something like “build a house”)
    • Lines 3 and 4 should be short phrases or images using the last word of Line 2 as their first words (so Line 3 might be “house for sale” and Line 4 might be “house for rent”)
    • Lines 5 and 6 should be short phrases or images using the last word of Line 4 as their first words, and so on until you’ve made it through 48 lines
    • Line 49 should be the last word of Line 48
    • Line 50 should be the last word of Line 47
    • The title of the poem should be three words long and follow this format: (first word of Line 3) (preposition or conjunction) (first word of line 47)
    • There should be no punctuation, except for an ellipse after the final two words in lines 49 & 50.

Gray So Commands

Light the hearth
Light the gray
Gray clouds gather
Gray storms build
Build your home
Build your defenses
Defenses rise
Defenses fail
Fail to protect
Fail to prevent
Prevent the slaughter
Prevent the death
Death of your people
Death of your home
Home burns to ash
Home is far lost
Lost in the world now
Lost and alone
Alone in unfamiliar land
Alone and home is gone
Gone to the monster
Gone to his armies
Armies trampling your hearth
Armies spreading far
Far and wide they march
Far and wide they burn
Burn your kin
Burn your land
Land you had tamed
Land you still love
Love is gone from this world
Love does not touch the monster
Monster who wears the burn
Monster with the black eyes
Eyes that see wherever you run
Eyes filled with evil greed
Greed is what took your home
Greed is what killed your land
Land where you lit your hearth
Land where you made your home
Home has burned to ash
Home is far lost
Lost behind you somewhere
Lost as you still flee
Flee the monster and his horde
Flee the fire he commands
Commands the world to kneel
Commands the world to bow
Bow…
Kneel…

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