Opposites Detract

accord, rapport
caring, recognizing, supporting
compassion, benevolence, singlemindedness, distant
ignoring, unseeing, uncaring
insensitive, blind

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dVerse Poets Pub — Poetics | Flipping Meanings

Tonight at dVerse Lisa challenges us to play ‘The Opposite Game’ and Flip the Meanings of poems.

I chose to create a poem using the Diamante form which goes as follows:

Line 1: Noun or subject
Line 2: Two Adjectives describing the first noun/subject
Line 3: Three -ing words describing the first noun/subject
Line 4: Four words: two about the first noun/subject, two about the antonym/synonym
Line 5: Three -ing words about the antonym/synonym
Line 6: Two adjectives describing the antonym/synonym
Line 7: Antonym/synonym for the subject

As its name suggests, a Diamante forms a diamond shape when done.

13 thoughts on “Opposites Detract

  1. Raivenne, the word that jumped out at me in this was the singlemindedness of apathy. It makes me think of a programmed robot 😦 You chose two very rich words to write to that shows why one is healthy and one is unhealthy.

  2. I really like the details you have here – the distant at the far reach from apathy, the way the words sound (“accord, rapport”) – it’s given me a lot to think about. And looking at the first and last lines, I’m wondering how/if might also be constructed as a reverso poem…

  3. I do love this form. Your illustration is perfect and you nailed the two words in this format. I think I feel better when I read it from the bottom up. Too much of society has gone from caring to apathy…and you’ve nailed that progression here. Would that we could light a fire under people at the bottom of they pyre and wake them up to caring again!

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