Give me five…

Give me five…

So often
I casually say
What?
That?
Oh
I just
Dashed it off
In five minutes.
It’s nothing.

And usually
It is.

four…

If they told me
I had just four minutes
Not to write a poem
Boil an egg
Walk to the station
Drink a cup of tea
Make and eat a sandwich
Or listen to a single song
But to break
A record
Long held
To be
Impossible

I’d run a mile.

three…

We grew up thinking
One day,
They’ll say
This is it:
You’ve only got three minutes.

So that even now
To be given
So little time
Still has the power
To scare me.

two…

A couple of minutes, no more –
Then I have to be out of the door
And when time is so tight
It’s quite tricky to write
Will I make it? I’m really not sure.

one…

And now it’s just me
Against the clock.
Can my four fingers
Outrun its two hands
And get to the end
First?
Or will I simply
Run out of

 

These poems are the result of a ridiculous challenge I set myself the other day. I had a quarter of an hour before I had to leave for a meeting, so I gave myself exactly five minutes to write a poem, then  four to do another one, then three, and so on. Lots of fun, but it made my brain hurt.

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11 thoughts on “Give me five…

  1. Hi Nick 🙂 Good job, writing 5 poems really quick! These days, people have no time or patience to read or write long stories perhaps, and therefore poems are ideal. Sometimes a poem needs time, and sometimes they just pop out!

    In a waiting room I think of poems these days, so time passes by productively. 🙂
    Now slow down to read!

    Ina

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