After serious consideration of number of collaborative forms, I’ve decided that it would be fun to try a collaborative nested meditation. Easy to explain (Geoff already has), and I think that the shift of voice in each stanza will add breadth to the poem at the same time that each additional line adds depth.
- The poem starts with a single line stanza that is a complete sentence. (I’ll provide the first stanza.)
- Each successive stanza repeats the previous stanza and adds one more line that changes the meaning. Every stanza must be a complete sentence or multiple sentences.
- The words from previous lines cannot be changed. The word order of previous lines cannot be changed. No exceptions.
- Capitalization and punctuation of previous lines can be changed.
Each collaborator will add a complete additional stanza. You may add as many stanzas to the poem as you like, but please do not add two successive stanzas.
There’s no limit to the final length of the poem. I’ll declare the poem complete if there’s been no activity for one month.
As we did with the sestina, please cut and past the entire poem into your comment whenever you add a stanza.
I personally don’t care about subject matter. Meditate or not as you see fit.
OK. I’ll steal a line from David Bowie (no, not from Miley Cyrus) to get us started: