OULIPOST POEM 28: Melting snowball

Today’s prompt from the Found Poetry Review’s Oulipost Project: Melting snowball.

“A text in which each word has one letter less than the preceding one, and the last word only one letter. From your newspaper, select a starting word, and then continue adding words of decreasing length from the same source article or passage. Challenge yourself further by only using words in order as you encounter them in the text.

I enjoy the way this sounds.  It’s sort of like Yoda poetry, only less practical wisdom probably.  And I like the shapes.  Stalactites of words.  Only…  No.  I’ll stand by it.  Stalactites of words.

Hell the to a

Penalty
memory
board
work
the
my
I

Functional
permanent
prohibit
officer
doctor
spent
part
the
on
I

Damaged
saying
think
risk
but
of
I

Income
years
wife
his
is
I

Source:

Price Mueller, Karin. “Bamboozled: Correction officer too disabled to work, yet not eligible for disability pension, state says.” The Star-Ledger (via NJ.com). 28 Apr 2014. http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2014/04/bamboozled_correction_officer_too_disabled_to_work_yet_not_eligible_for_disability_pension_state_say.html#incart_m-rpt-1

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