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The Skinny is the jazz of poetry, an  American form developed by Truth Thomas.  Like Japanese Haiku, it is short, sweet and flexible. Unlike Haiku, I don’t have to count syllables.  I do have to count the lines, repeat line one at the end (line 11) and use the same line (or word) for line two, six and ten.   I’ve found that I can write these from one thought, riff on one word and feel exhilarated when done.

Obsession

Expression rattle inside me aching to be free

Words

Poetry

Prose

Truth

Words

Fiction

Mystery

Speech

Words

Freedom rattles inside me longing to be expressed

*****book and pen*****

Addicted to the Skinny

Like popcorn, there is never enough

Skinny poems

Pencil

Paper scraps

Words

Skinny poems

Pens

Screens

Notebook

Skinny poems

Like popcorn, there is never enough.

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