Day Twenty-Eight – NanoPoblano – Poem/Poetry – “TRY A New BEAT, If You’re LATE Then Turn The PAGE” by David Ellis

Hey there all you rockers and rollers.

It’s my Day Twenty-Eight entry of NanoPoblano AKA National Blog Posting Month (but with a mischievous bunch of spicy peppery players known as Cheer Peppers) and I’m back with another video because I love you all (please, don’t laugh, I really do 🙂 )

Check out the Facebook Live performance of my latest poem.


For today’s poems (yes, multiple ones!), I decided to write more than just one because I went with another prompt that has a quite short form and it looked very interesting to attempt the little beast, which is called a “Clarity Pyramid”.

They consist of two sets of triplets and a single line at the end. The syllable count is 1,2,3 then 5,6,7 and 8 at the end.

I used a random word generator and cycled through it until I found words that I was happy to play the pyramid construction game with. With regard to the overall title of the poem, I brainstormed how to put all of the poem titles together (which are your keywords at the start of each pyramid).

If you have a four word title in mind (I personally think three or four of these pyramids are a good number to work with) that gives you multiple ways to express each of the words that you want to use, then I see no harm in starting with a title first and expanding each of the words into separate poems, since that is what you do with each individual poem in the first place, you work your way forward from the title word.

Also, you don’t have to do four of them, you can do one or as many of them as you like and string them together just like I have done, it is a very flexible form 🙂

For guidance on how to construct them (you really should, they are nice, simple and would appeal to fans of shorter forms like haikus, I’m looking at you The Illusion Of Controlled Chaos 🙂 ) then take a look at the link provided by those wonderful peeps over at Shadow Poetry:-

Shadow Poetry – A Poet’s Writing Resource – Clarity Pyramid

Also, since I such a groovy dude…y, here are some other alternative prompts to help you jam and boogie with your own poetry stylings:-

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer at Writer’s Digest

OctPoWriMo 2017

And finally here are my poems in written form for you to get to see what a “Clarity Pyramid” looks like all up in your grill and then you too can have your own little moment of clarity 😉



Photo by adamtepl from Pixabay

TRY a new BEAT, if you’re LATE then turn the PAGE” by David Ellis


Odds stacked against you
Agonising struggle
Sing the blues, come out fighting

“Always set one’s sights on the stars”


Pulse, dance, transcendence
Soul sparks, swelling swiftly
Taken for rides of our lives

“Endless magic found in music”


Panic, try to rush
Situations made worse
Focus, relax, release stress

“Time, unrelenting illusion”

printed words

Rustling of paper
Makes hearts flutter, minds race
Journeys to worlds, we escape

“Stimulates imagination”

Still want more? We’ve got plenty of opportunities to keep you company for my final few days of this monthly challenge. How about some other Day Twenty-Eight posts by talented ladies and men who have participated in the Pepper challenge throughout the month of November 🙂

A mathematical problem – The Heartsongs Blog – Journeying back to my heart

A Model Poem – Consolation’s Many Forms – The Miracle of the Commonplace

APP #REVIEW – #GRATITUDE GARDEN – Shining Seeds – writing myself into wellness

Permission granted – Stop procrastinating now!

Cookies n Cream Cupcakes – Just A Little Bit Sweet

Mental Health Monitoring Of Politicians – Edward Fagan Blog

I’m Guessing – – fictionary…8 megapixel artist…bloody awful poet.

Nano Poblano 2017- 30 Days of Haiku- Day 28 – The Illusion Of Controlled Chaos

a political rant – memoirs of an unremarkable man


NaNoPoblano 2017 – Day 28 (November 28) – Zombie Flamingos – A journey into bloggerdom

Life Imitates Art Garfunkel – loristory – flights of fancy to parts unknown

36 things I learned in 36 years. – Bug Bytes By Julie Burton

Smile! – Behind The Willows

Shameless Plug – Fresh Off The Pad Poetry – Poetry from nothing. Inspired by Anything.


5 thoughts on “Day Twenty-Eight – NanoPoblano – Poem/Poetry – “TRY A New BEAT, If You’re LATE Then Turn The PAGE” by David Ellis

  1. Ha! Did you finally find the maximum word count for tags at the end of your posts, or did you write that last tag that way on purpose?

    I will definitely be looking more closely into this form of poetry. 🙂

    • Lol I didn’t even notice that myself regarding the tag cut off. So I guess we have found the actual cut off point then, although not sure if that is for words or characters. I would imagine characters, since they cut the start of another word off. I was initially worried about messing around like this when I first started creating my ‘comedy tags’ but I’ve been doing it for years and no-one has said anything, so I will probably be OK. I just don’t want to wake up one day and find my account has been shut down because of my shenanigags 😉

      Can’t wait to see what you come up with if you attempt the form itself too, both the tags and the clarity pyramid 🙂

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