Collaboration with Richard North of The Arts Web Show
August 12, 2010
Today I am posting a collaboration that is quite some time in the making. Richard North of the Arts Web Show and I decided, about a month ago, to work to create a collaborative poem where we alternate verses. We picked an obscure theme (apples and pears) and, basically, said “ready, go!”. I think the result is a testimony to the way poetry can be an organic art: the poem we ended up with very much took a form of its own that we had not planned when we started, and I think you will see this from reading it.
Before moving on, I’d just like to say a few words about Richard. Since beginning my blog several months ago, I have come to find many other intriguing blogs of poetry and creative art that are doing much of the same thing, myself included. Richard, with the Arts Web Show, in a way, is distinct among this group of blogs. I find much of his work fresh and inventive in all the ways I look for in a talented creative mind that is “worth the time”, and he is just that. His blog is truly worth the visit, you can check it out here.
Ok, enough exposition. Here is the poem we came out with: the black verses are mine, the red verses are Richard. Enjoy.
Apples and Pears
Apples and pears, the doctor does say.
What do you want them for?
I need money to survive these harsh days
Don’t contribute to my downfall
Nutrients and vigor is what you claim.
What evidence have you
That they shall keep me away?
A pesky couplet i’ll put an end to!
Oh doctor is see.
How very silly of me,
To listen to health fanatics,
Who infest my T.V
Well let’s not heave ourselves overboard
Health is my sport.
Pill popping and consultations,
Are my expert retort.
Hmm, but what use is sport,
If you get hit by a bus?
Or fall off a cliff edge,
By a winds fateful gust.
You seem to forget.
The examination is set.
My fee many hundreds
I’ll take cash or check.