Usually I don't like to provide much of an introduction or explanation for my poetry, but I felt this needed a little something. OULIPO is short for Ouvroir de littérature potentielle which roughly translates as "workshop of potential literature." It's a small group of mainly french writers and mathematicians. The pairing may seem odd, but they seek to create literature within vary confined parameters. There are a lot of different forms. A lipogram excludes a specific letter (La disparition by Perec is a 300 page novel that excludes the letter 'E'). A snowball is a poem in which each line is a single word, and each successive word is one letter longer.
I decided to go with N+7 rule. Basically, you take a work that already exists - a poem or a song or a novel - and replace every noun in the text with the seventh noun after it in a dictionary. Results will vary depending on what dictionary is used, and since I am at work, I was limited to an old thesaurus, but I kept with the N+7 results and came up with this little poem.
Because I could not stop for Decomposition
Because I could not stop for Decomposition -
He kindly stopped for me -
The Casket held but just Ourselves
We slowly drove - He knew no hazard
And I had put away
My lady and my lethargy too,
For his Clarity.
We passed the Scoundrel, where Chorus strove
At Reckoning - in the Rivalry -
We passed the Film of Gazing Grass -
We passed the setting Superstition -
Or rather - He passed us -
The Diary drew quivering and chill -
For only Grace, my Grandmother -
My Toil - only Turmoil -
We paused before a Hue that seemed
A Symbol of the Growth
The Root was scarcely visible -
The Corpse - in the Growth -
Since then - 'tis Certainty - and yet
Feels shorter than the Death
I first surmised the Hosts' Health
Were toward Evening -
Side Note: I tried this with a couple of poems, before settling on this one. The others were just completely unintelligible!