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First Lines (V. 2.0)

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This has been a very popular and enjoyable activity, having created lots of interesting poetry in its own time. You can find the original thread, started by Cryptomancer, in the Vaults.

 

The idea is simple: someone gives you a line, and you use it as the first line of a poem. Then you give a new line for the next one to come.

Old lines can be reused if you wish, but ideally you should still leave your own line as a courtesy for the next one!

 

So here's mine, to kickstart the activity =)

 

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Line: History has no end (thanks, Mynx!)

 

 

History has no end

no beginning, no course

it's a stream that branches,

bends and splits

- wayward child

of whimsical gods.

 

New line: Chasing trouble

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Chasing trouble -

She let me catch her,

She was wild -

I could match her.

 

Whirlwind time -

We spun around there,

Eternal now -

We just didn't care.

 

I was noon -

She was the dawn,

At sunset,

She had up and gone.

 

First line:

"The smile is fake"

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The smile is fake

The hair is dyed

The wisdom is old

The truth a lie

 

The eyes are real

The teeth keenly so

The words made to feel

The way to go

 

New line: Long live Zero

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Chasing trouble -

She let me catch her,

She was wild -

I could match her.

 

Whirlwind time -

We spun around there,

Eternal now -

We just didn't care.

 

I was noon -

She was the dawn,

At sunset,

She had up and gone.

 

Wow.

 

 

Long live zero

An unexistant hero

 

He is not the one

The battle far from won

 

 

New line:

This incandescent rage

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This incandescent rage, I feel

(Too large for words or worlds),

Destroying galaxies would not release enough.

 

The entire universe, I hurl

(I stride the Planes like pavement),

At the object of my wrath.

 

Left the damnable Lego™, you did

(This has happened far too much),

Boobytrapping the path to the loo.

 

New line:

The way I feel

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The way I feel...

like a slimy eel

 

The way I move

like a sly mongoose

 

The way I walk

Makes everyone gawk

 

The way I fly

Like a bee who is high

 

The way I fuss

about...

the animal in all of us

 

New line:

Dancing the samba after two bottles of whisky

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Dancing the samba after two bottles of whisky

the Captain of the ship snickered most lewdly

eyeing the hips that moved like a ship

caught in the waves of oncoming storm


Dancing the samba after two bottles of whisky

the Captain gulped, and looked up

his partner’s eyes were stormy as the gale

that sank his ship and sealed his fate.


Dancing the samba after two bottles of whisky

wasn’t as wise as he thought it was

the gale came, and the storm came,

and as his ship had done, he sank to the ground.

 

 

New line: Chicken feathers

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Chicken feathers make me down

comforters to keep me warm,

But I can't get down off an elephant.

 

Duck feathers make me down

comforters to keep me warmer,

But I can't get no down off Chumbawamba .

 

But I love to get down with you.

 

New line: Cuddling a sleeping elf

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Cuddling a sleeping elf

Books lie open on the shelf

Beloved tales oft' reread

To soothe the voices in the head

 

Kittens jump into the fray

Outside a dog begins to bay

But here inside the night is calm

To day's stressors a soothing balm

 

Mouth splits open in a yawn

It is far too close to dawn

Cuddling a sleeping elf

And soon fast asleep myself

 

New line: Of one thing I am certain

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Of one thing I'm certain:

survival is for the fittest,

the future, for the strongest.

Wings that flap,

brain focused on grain

- round body full of promises.

Predator on my own,

eyes locked on golden skin,

of this, I'm certain:

glistening in invitation,

juicy promises will fulfill

my dreams as a cook.

What a great roast!

 

 

New line: Droplets of water glinting in the shadows

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Droplets of water glinting in the shadows

Fragments of glass shining in the sun

Dustings of sand out over the plains

Smudges of grease smearing the gun

 

Hazes of smoke dancing in the air

Smattering of powder staining the hand

Ringing of ears as the shot echoes out

Resuming one's travels over the land

 

 

New Line: Fluffy jellybean

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Fluffy jellybean, found under the cushion,

You still look good to me.

Along with the furry breadcrumbs, toe nail clippings, and fallen chickpea.

 

I will nom you, as I do everything,

Because I am hongry.

And throw up later, on tile not carpet, if you are not good for me.

 

New line: Slow gray clouds

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Slow gray clouds

like the thoughts that haunt me

cross the skies

of the scenes of my life

The winds picks up

as the stream of time rushes

spread the clouds

into thin veils of memory.

 

Slow gray clouds

haunting the skies

vanishing storm

waiting for the dawn.

 

 

New line: Liquid fire from olden days

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Liquid fire, from olden days, showered down on our position,

Despite its age, its fires blazed, on our covering shields.

We overlapped, we squatted and shat, it dripped fire around our feet,

But we rose again, the women and men, and fought the alien.

 

 

New Line: In your eyes

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In your eyes

I see the fires

of rage

 

 

New line: My honour in tattered shreds

 

or if you're picky about your US/UK English, just use honor. :P

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My honour in tattered shreds,

I wrap myself in their cold warmth,

Seeking what solace I might find,

"I did no wrong", I cry,

But of the many rights, was I wise?

 

My reputation in the heads,

Of those who do not understand,

I am not certain I even mind,

"Your vote is nought", I cry,

But of the many rights, was I wise?

 

I am immeshed in the webs,

Of inner turmoil and self-loathing doubt,

But to myself I must be kind,

"Integrity's what matters," I cry,

But of the many rights, was I wise?

 

First line, "Jolly little baby mine"

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Jolly little baby mine

You dirty prickly swine

 

How I love you so

Want to strangle you slow

 

I only want your love

You are not my dove

 

I keep pushing away

But...please stay!

 

First line: You're just trying to stir trouble

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You're just trying to stir trouble

He accused with a sigh

Well, obviously

Came the reply

 

But you're not even trying

She turned back onto him

Trouble follows you

As if on a whim

 

You might have a point

He was forced to admit

I always do, she said

With a smile on her lips

 

New line: The songs that must be sung

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The songs that must be sung

Echoed weakly through the cave,

The songs are sung by one

Ignorant world to save.

 

Keeping the demon lord at bay

Only one old priest remains,

He sings them day by day

He sings them through his pains.

 

New line: That gardener hears the girl crying

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That gardener hears the girl crying

Tears of joy trickling down her face

And he smiles

In happiness

 

That gardener hears the girl laughing

The sweet innocent laughter of the young

And he smiles

In reminiscence

 

That gardener sees the girl dancing

The dance of one lost in their joy

And he smiles

In remembrance

 

That girl sees a gardener dying

The death of a full life

And she smiles

 

And so does he

 

New line: Just one more level...

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Just one more level, just one more level,

I promised myself some sleep.

Just one more level, just one more level,

I've promises to keep.

 

Just one more level, just one more level,

I really need this drop.

Just one more level, just one more level,

After this one I will stop.

 

New line: An emptied flame erases the reformed skull

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This might be cheating... :P Feel friee to skip my line if you prefer the previous one!!

 

 

An emptied flame

erases

the reformed skull

of time

An engorged river

erases

the eroded bones

of memory

A cloud of dust

erases

the carved signs

of life

And the forces that come

will leave

with the same promise

of oblivion

rest

peace.

 

 

New line: Sacrificial maidens in search of evil

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sacrificial maidens in search of evil

find what they seek (or does it find them?)

armed and cloaked in deepest black,

they march to the place of ritual

with scowls of deep concentration.

Arriving, they circle the altar stone,

close their eyes, and count to ten;

then,

squealing, they chase each other with magic death wands

till all have been solidly thumped on the head,

and run off to tell Mommy

that the others aren't playing fair.

 

 

The song of slavery haunts these halls

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The song of slavery haunts these halls

The cries for freedom echo from the pillars

The song of suffering...oh how it calls

The cries provoked by oh so many killers

 

The song of freedom rings throughout these fields

The cries of victory echo among the corn

The song of joy...oh to them a soul yields

The freedom won by oh so many we mourn

 

 

Next line: An intent to slaughter

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An intent to slaughter
a gleam in the eyes
- hands trembling
in gleeful expectation

Stalking and hiding
observing unseen
quiet breathing
loud in the silence

A light in the eyes
a target in sight
an intent to slaughter
- a knife in the dark.

 

 

New line: Dark is the night

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