We are Electric Addicts by Nature


The power went out as the storm came in
Stumbling in rooms so suddenly opaque
Uninvited nighttime enters within
Reaching blindly, attempting to locate
A candle lit or flashlight would abate.

Feeling this becalming intensified
Shun the days of old that has come inside
Life now needs lists of emergency preps.
Electric addicts we are, yet deny
Modern conveniences need an outlet.

~ an EWK ‘Dizain’ Poe’em   ©2016 EWK

/// Poetic structure & history:
A ‘Dizain’ is a poem containing 10 lines, with each line having exactly 10 syllables each. Each line must end with an end-rhyme pattern of ‘ABABBCCDCD’. The ‘Dizain’ poem style was first introduced into form by French poets of the 15th and 16th centuries. Written in “Français” Renaissance dialect, of course.

// Reference of my inspiration:
I feel I could certainly write more verse and expressions within this spontaneous inspiration I had regarding the concept of experiencing a power outage in a storm. The challenge to compose an modern consequence into an old-world ‘Dizain’ served as my initial inspiration. Since this is my first attempt at such an old structure of verse; I have respectfully contained my imagination, this time!

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5 comments on “We are Electric Addicts by Nature
  1. grevisangel73 says:

    I haven’t heard of this before. I will have to try my hand at it. Thanks for the introduction.

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    • EricWK says:

      Very welcome. I would enjoy reading your Dizain. This piece is my first attempt since I learned of its place in poetic history.

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      • grevisangel73 says:

        I am going to have to make a note to remind me. I have so many pieces half completed. You are very talented and versatile. Thanks for showing me so many new forms. Now if I can tackle one I will be amazed.


      • EricWK says:

        I appreciate your time to read and like so far into my previous​ posts! Works in progress are always good. I keep journal notes. Even a moment in a day may spark a single untouched word that sets a phrase and emotional to write out later. I mostly enjoy being inspired by a single “word toss” as I call it, from someone other than myself; and build a verse inspired by their word to me. Or, to enter (put oneself inside of) a photograph (vintage images are the best) and pull a context of observed inspiration there.

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      • grevisangel73 says:

        Thanks Eric, I try to read my followers pieces. I usually do one a day, but even then it’s hard to keep up and write myself. You’re multi talented. I seem to be pigeon holed in the same style, other than the occasional haiku.
        I am the same way, a word can do it for me too. I can build around it and come up with something. I love words. I need a larger vocabulary though. I have notebooks everywhere, even by the side of my bed. I do a lot of my thinking when I am trying to sleep, which is not good, because it keeps me up. I have to write a line down if one comes to me, so I am writing by cellphone light.


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