Day 28 NaPoWriMo Poetry Challenge…”Blade Runner”

Here is the challenge prompt for today’s poem: “… write a poem using (mostly, if not only) words from the (news)) article! You can repeat them, splice them, and rearrange them however you like. Although the vocabulary may be “just the facts,” your poem doesn’t have to be — it doesn’t even have to be about the subject of the news article itself.”

I used an article in today’s Huffington Post about Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial.


“The Blade Runner”

The “expert witness” was called

for the Defence

but was torn apart

by the Prosecution.

His nervous utterings

lacked expertise and elocution.

He was supposed to

reconstruct the crime scene


his lack of experience

let down his team.

A proper tale he could not tell.

His Masters in Geology and Chemistry

could not save him

from “Bulldog Nel”.

The “expert”

was quite out of his depth.

To the Prosecutions questions

he could utter no retort.

The Blade Runner’s witness

had not even read the full report.

The “expert’s” testimony

dubbed the “comedy of errors”

will undoubtedly leave

Pistorius with terrors.

(Copyright 2014 chattinatti)

Courtesy: Daily Mail

Courtesy: Daily Mail




3 thoughts on “Day 28 NaPoWriMo Poetry Challenge…”Blade Runner”

  1. I’d love to read your poetry based on other headlines as well. Magnificent account of the events. Clearly the expert witness wasn’t such an expert at all. Though, I’m glad the prosecution exposed this quickly. Seems like it was a difficult prompt, but you did a terrific job! 🙂
    P.S. I apologize for going through your poetry in binges! I hope you don’t mind the slew of comments I’m bombarding you with!

    • Lol thank you! This was an interesting prompt. I would try it again at some point. That witness wouldn’t even make it on the Law and Order television series much less to expect to give a proper testimony in a real courtroom and at such a high profile case! Oh well…I’m glad you liked my account! Not a problem, comment away! I appreciate feedback. Cheers Adelie!

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