The clouds gathered
Over futures past
Lightning strikes
Hammer blows
Distort past futures.

In terms of what is now considered poetry, any random assortment of words becomes a poem because readers have been trained to react to the non-linear structure of a poem differently from other written forms.

Here are the same words rearranged into a linear sentence format:

The clouds gathered over futures past lightning strikes hammer blows distort past futures.

Now, it looks like what it is: gibberish.

For the second part of the experiment, lets put the second paragraph into a non-linear format:

In terms of what is
now considered poetry
any random assortment of words
becomes a poem
because readers have been trained
to react to the non-linear structure
of a poem differently
from other written forms.

It turns out, in the end, that the reader is the entity that turns words into poetry by investing in the perceived metaphors.

Alan is a poet, journalist, short story writer, editor, website developer, and political activist. He is the executive editor of BindleSnitch.com.

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