Cento Confusion

triumph Are sinew
winnings are much
Twisted is doubt
wait your head touch

blaming in keep
doubting and too
yourself all theirs
make you hurt you

tired on can
waiting for lies
master when lied
when talk don’t wise

build ’em you give
again you gone
hated you breathe
men make “Hold on”

about make friends
losing you spoken
knaves But good Earth
virtue their broken

If If If If
If If If If
If If If If
And If my son!


I don’t think it makes much sense either. You can try it, for the Terrible Poetry Contest this week. You’re to craft a cento on the subject of compassion. …Mine has compassion in that I didn’t continue mixing up the rest of the words to Rudyard Kipling’s “If” into more stanzas…

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25 thoughts on “Cento Confusion

  1. robertawrites235681907 February 13, 2022 / 1:41 am

    When I started reading this, Chel, I thought you taken inspiration from Rudyard Kipling’s IF and then I read the end.

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    • Chel Owens February 13, 2022 / 4:48 am

      Wow; you’re good! I read through it and thought, ‘I should have at least tried to make it sound like its origin.’ 😀 It’s fun. You should try it.


  2. Nope, Not Pam February 13, 2022 / 3:10 am

    It makes as much sense as mine 🙂

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    • Chel Owens February 13, 2022 / 3:28 pm

      Literally cut and paste, Annette. Try it; it’s calming.

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  3. mattsnyder1970 February 13, 2022 / 5:19 am

    See, it is possible to be terrible when using other people’s words…mine makes too much sense. I should have rearranged the words as well. Kudos to you.

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    • Chel Owens February 13, 2022 / 3:30 pm

      I will not claim genius with that, but thanks! I just had fun cutting and pasting.


  4. Jim Borden February 13, 2022 / 6:18 am

    so having a sense of confusion is ok after reading this? 🙂

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    • Chel Owens February 13, 2022 / 3:33 pm

      Pshaw. You’re not supposed to make sense of it.

      Liked by 1 person

      • willowdot21 February 13, 2022 / 3:57 pm

        But my brain hurts at the thought of it!


  5. Bruce Goodman February 13, 2022 / 9:44 am

    I got Kipling before the end and before reading that you said! Well done you!

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