Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Googling Through Life

NaPoWriMo, Day 23

Googling Through Life

when you fail            a test
                                to plan
                                as a parent
                                at work
                                an exam
                                as a mother
                                at life
                                at cosplay
                                at failing
and falling
                           in love
                                      with your kidnapper
 and out of love
                                with your husband
                                off a horse
                                in a marriage
                                with someone

when you feel
                                    a baby move
                                    no hope at all

when you see it

                                  say nothing

                                           at all

                                          wish you were young

                                          upon the stars.

© Julie Bartha-Vasquez, 2013
When you... Search Google, you
might find poetry.
Photo by Julie Bartha-Vasqiez

Notes on the Poem:
I had really wanted to try the triolets today. But I'm feeling dispiritied and my brain has turned to mush. I was Googling a around playing with the idea of writing an adbsurdist poem when I stumbled on Google Poems. This is apparently a thing. If you type the right kind of search term into Google search, you'll get little gems of found poetry, My picture here gives you a sense of what it does. So after playing around with some of the different search terms, I cobbled together a poem based on a variety of the terms I found,.In and of themselves, I think the search terms work as found poetry, but I worked to take several of them to create some kind of journey for the reader so that it was just more than just interesting search term combinations I hope it worked. -- WNG


  1. wow, I never heard of this - googling a poem, but it is cool, crazy madness. Great job with it, I have to try this myself!

  2. Neat! The triolet I found to be way challenging for me as I hate structure.