Larry’s prompt for the W3 Weekly prompt is to write a poem that incorporates chiasmus.
Examples of Chiasmus:
- In the pre-capitalist stages of society, commerce rules industry. In capitalist society, industry rules commerce.
- Live simply so that others might simply live.
- Love as if you would one day hate, and hate as if you would one day love.
- Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.
- All for one and one for all!
Last week I missed the W3 Poetry Prompt deadline by 13 minutes.. This week I am in danger of missing it again. Andrew and I have spent the day driving to the sea. We are escaping from the busy city for a week’s break. I don’t think there is time for me to complete a chiasmus poem. Do I miss another deadline?
If you are reading this it means I have published an unfinished poem. Oh dear.
Schubert had an unfinished symphony. I have an unfinished poem.
I present to you Scoble’s unfinished symphony! Oops, I mean, unfinished poem! I am trying to write poetry and would like to ask for help. I am in awe at the speed that some poets can publish the most amazing poetry! — Would you like to finish my chiasmus poem? It’s a cheek, I know. My poem is unfinished! Please finish it for me. I don’t have the time to finish it before the deadline. I think it needs another chiasmus to end it with…
Here is the start of the first draft of my chiasmus poem… ‘All the World’s a Stage, and all the Stage’s a World.’
All the World’s a Stage
All the world’s a stage, And the stage is a world the entrances and exits In peace and in rage The ins and outs the ons and the offs The stage lefts, stage rights The whispers the shouts The Comedy Rehearsals dramatic first nights The book, the scripts The dancer who trips The diva who sings backstage Waiting with nerves In the wings. There is also of course, A major factor— called the actor?
The flops and the hits Reviews and plaudits Ups and the downs Laughs and frowns The music MD (musical director) Conducting in Orchestra Pits The smell of the greasepaint The roar of the crowds The villainous boos And cheering out loud. The highs and the lows Opening shows Then closing them down The smiles and the tears The start of the shows The intervals The finales the scenery backcloths painters and crew What do we do? It for? For wealth? For fame? Whatever the cause— Whatever the game— Whatever the force— What is the feeling? Why, darling! For the sound of Applause! Of course. L. S. November 2022
This poem is unfinished. There is so much more to write about the world of the Stage! I should also like it to end with a chiasmus! Can you finish it for me?
My thanks to Larry Trasciatti for coming up with this chiasmus of a prompt, prompt of a chiasmus! My thanks also to David Ben Alexander for his W3 Prompt poetic initiative.
I have worked in the theatre most of my life as an actor, dancer, TV illustrator and animator, also as a scenic artist. I found this old picture of me painting a backcloth for a production.