Emmett: Code Red

This poem is a part of the poetic ‘scavenger hunt’ designed by @murisopsis from A Different Perspective. This time the theme is Names, as in poetic forms that feature a name (e.g. one of the prompts is to write a poem in the form of “Amandas Pinch” — a form I’ve personally never heard of before). There are thirteen prompts in total so this is more manageable then a daily commitment challenge. Check out all the prompts and the way it works here and join in if your up for some poetic puzzling. Enjoy!

Prompt 6

Write a poem using the form Emmett or write a poem about clowns.

A Different Perspective

The Emmett is composed of five lines rhymed abbab. There are also specific rules regarding the use of the first lines words as the starting word in the following lines. Full rules here.

Code Red

By codes scarlet red imprisoned
Codes all-knowing all-seeing
Scarlet letters controlling
Red bars digitally provisioned
Imprisoned from coming or going.

Today was supposed to be my “freedom day” from a 10-day lockdown due to Covid, but my health code is still showing up red (you can’t go anywhere in Shanghai without a green code). I’m petitioning for the code to be corrected, but I I’m feeling particularly penned in today. Thus the topic of my Emmitt.

Code Red

Be well,



  1. murisopsis says:

    Love your Emmett! Sorry that it was inspired by a red code. Hope you get the “green light” to reenter the world soon!

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  2. Another weird-ass poem structure, and you kicked its butt.
    Yikes about the code. I hope it turns green soon. Do you maybe need to be retested before it’s issued?

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      I turned green later yesterday evening. I’m free!!! I’d tested everyday both nasal and oral swabs so that wasn’t the issue. They just had a delay in systems talking to each other.

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