Space Poem Chain Vol.2

Rules for the Space Poem Chain

The way a chain poem grows will be explained by reference to the first three poems from the 2003 edition of Space Poem Chain, "Life on Earth":

Space—this intense darkness might absorb anything
Four and a half billion years ago in light the Sun was born
The Earth shines bluely, a star of living beings
Four billion years ago in the oceans life was born
It swam up rivers, came ashore, soared into the skies.

Mamoru Mohri

I am a seagull!     A seagull!
From the damp sand     I fly lightly up
a boat with a sailor divining by the stars     appearing

Ryoko Shindo

The best star diviner
can not witness the drama of a new starfs birth
unfolding within the mother starfs womb
so how could anyone foretell
the future of the sparks in your heart

Makoto Ooka

Rule 1:
The Space Poem Chain is formed from the alternating repetition of 5 line and 3 line poems. If the immediately preceding poem is 5 lines, then the next is 3; if the immediately preceding poem is 3 lines, then the next is 5.
Rule 2:
The starting point of your own poem should be a word or a line from the immediately preceding poem. You can quote the word or line verbatim, as in example 1 below, or you can allude to the idea of the word or line, using different words, as in example 2 below.
Example 1:
Attracted by the phrase gdivining by the starsh in the immediately preceding poem by Ryoko Shindo, Makoto Ooka takes it as his point of departure in the third poem, quoting it almost exactly.
Example 2:
Attracted by the idea and imagery evoked by the phrase gsoared into the skiesh in the immediately preceding poem by Mamoru Mohri, Ryoko Shindo takes it as her point of departure for the second poem, and exclaims gI am a seagull! A seagull!h
Rule 3:
When you write a poem for the chain, please learn to:
*Take off in a different direction from the previous poem
*Make it possible for the next person to continue (don't fill everything in)
*Be concrete, not abstract