A couple of days ago, I came across an idea by Edward de Bono which he calls a "bonto poem". If you fancy a little creativity on the poetry front, the bonto offers a potential answer. It challenges the writer to create a poem that ‘makes a point’ within a strict set of rules – and using just four lines of verse.

The following rules for the bonto are reproduced from a post on The De Bono Society site:

The first line should be as bizarre as possible
The second line finds a reason for the first line
The third line states the consequences of the first two lines
The fourth line encapsulates the poem and states a philosophical reflection on life
There are only four lines
The first two lines rhyme
The last two lines rhyme
Maximum of seven or eight syllables
There must be an equal number of syllables in each and every line!

To give you an idea of what a bonto poem might look like, I've Penned(!) one that tries to capture the essence of the AWG in 32 syllables - including the requisite "bizarre" opening line:

AMED writers are in the Club!
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Openly sharing means and ends,
Honing skills through critical friends
.

Happy composing!

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Ugh - and apologies! Thanks for the challenge. Bob
Hi, Chris

To my horror, the faceless and unstoppable force of the internet saved my previous juvenalia whilst I was still in the process of scribbling, and my previous posting was not as I would have wished it to appear! Since I can't erase it, I must live with it, and I hope to post a slightly improved version in due course. Now back to the day job!

Best wishes. Bob
Great poems chaps!

But you've both broken Bonto rules 8 and 9. As Basil might say, "Your Sybils are Fawlty".

This is the most challenging bit - keeping the number of syllables down to a maximum of eight per line and making sure that the number is the same in each line. Great for stimulating the creative juices, though.

Thanks for giving it a go!
Yes, Chris

I realised that I had broken the rules. I'll try to do better next time! best wishes. Bob

Chris Rodgers said:
Great poems chaps!

But you've both broken Bonto rules 8 and 9. As Basil might say, "Your Sybils are Fawlty".

This is the most challenging bit - keeping the number of syllables down to a maximum of eight per line and making sure that the number is the same in each line. Great for stimulating the creative juices, though.

Thanks for giving it a go!

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