There’s a writing assignment to do a Poem Made With Twilight Zone Episode Titles which comes from the ds106zone days. Since we’re doing Noir106 these days, I decided to give it a different twist and use episode titles from The Shadow. That’s a thing about these assignments: They’re more about being creative than following the rules. You can alter them, or you can make up your own assignment and add it to the bank. If I had thought of it earlier, I might have added a Shadow Poetry assignment, but at this point I don’t know if it matters.
I went looking for titles. First I tried searching the Internet Archive, but that didn’t work out so well. I did find an extensive list on Wikipedia however. It seems like every other episode title ends with “death” though, which wouldn’t make for proper poetry, but there were ones I could work with. I scrolled through the list and pulled out titles that rhymed and built a list. I grabbed couplets that felt like they fit together, even if it doesn’t make a whole lot of narrative sense:
Death Shows the Way
Death Rides the Skyway
Death Rides the Subway
Cave Of the Zombies
The Gibbering Things
The Curse of the Gypsies
Death Pulls the Strings
Death Stalks The Shadow
Death Draws the Bow
Death in a Minor Key
Murder By Proxy
Rendezvous With Doom
The Man Who Could Not Die
Death and The Viking Groom
The Absolute Alibi
It doesn’t really tell a story, but it does paint some kind of work picture, so I’ll call it poetry. It has a rhythmic feel to it as well.
At first I asked my wife for help with it. She likes things to make sense (but she married me anyway), so she started to make it a narrative poem, tweaking the verbiage to make it flow and give it meaning. But if we were going to go that route, it would have to come to some conclusion, and I didn’t see that in the lines I had. So I took a step back and decided just to use the raw titles in a sort of found object poem. So there you go. Who knows what rhymes lurk in the titles of episodes?
Well, Mr. Paul, … I like it!
At first glance, before I read it, I didn’t think it was going to be any good. but then, when I read it, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.
I especially really like the first stanza, because it has a nice rhyme and swing to it.
I also like the second stanza because it has the word gibbering in it. I think that any palm that uses the word gibbering has to be pretty good. Gibbering is a hard word to use in poetry OR prose!
I also like the one that says Groom because, you know, Jim Groom, you know him? The guy who said UNCLE! to me?
Well, you have inspired me to make my own poem. I will not do the twilight zone one, and I will not do a shadow one, but I will do another one, when I figure out what what it will be.
Well goodbye Mr. Paul!