April 29

As you all know, Ms. Filas is off in Chicago at the Chicago Improv Festival. She performed last night and will be performing again this afternoon. This poetry prompt today gets its inspiration from an improv game called "No P!" In this game you have to improvise a scene, but you are not allowed to use the letter "p". For example, I couldn't say, "Please order me a pizza!" I would have to say, "Kindly order me a round baked treat covered in tomato sauce, cheese, and black olives!"
Well.. guess what? Today's prompt is a bit of a doozy . . . so if you feel like you don’t have it in you, feel free, as always, to take a pass! Today’s challenge is a lipogram/Beautiful Outlaw/Beautiful In-Law. A lipogram is a poem that leaves out certain letters. The most classic letter to swear off, at least for English speakers, is “e.” A Beautiful Outlaw is a variation on a lipogram, wherein you refrain from using any of the letters in a certain name. For example, if chose the name Maria, then you could not use m, a, r, i, or a. A Beautiful In-Law is another variant, wherein you only use the letters in a certain name (better pick a long name!)
You might think that any lipogram would end up having to be short, but some people have been successful at virtuoso performances in this vein — check out this excerpt from Christian Bök’s Eunoia, in which he uses no vowels except i. It goes on for nine pages!
Good luck!

Going on a walk
By: Sara C

Dogs walk down the street
They stop at a mail box and they really have to let out their liquids
Seriously! Not on my trousers!
Just keep walking!

Ok I guess we are running!
Slow down! Wait nooooooo!

Ok! That hurt!


By Ellie C

My bladder is gonna ex.....ex.....ex..
I need to go...go...go...

The Letter
By: Olivia O.

I don’t know if I can do it,
I need to use that letter...
I need it so much,
I have to say it...

Sarah Kr.

Or Florida!
Wherever it is-
I’m still on vacation,

Whatever I’m doing-
I’m still on vacation!
Ordering in Pizza (without using “P”)
By: Emma G.
“Hello. What can I get for you today here at Pillory Pizzas?”
“Hi! What are the daily choices?”
“Well today we have the party parmesan pizza.”
“Let me think…. I will have the…. hmmmm”
“I will have the good- time, hard cheese, round Italian food covered in tomato sauce and cheese.”
“Hello? Do you mean the party parmesan pizza Mrs.?”
“Yes. I just can’t say, say the letter ….”
Nikhil P
No R (so hard)

I am cunning.
I will not leave a path to find when I go places.
I am stealthy.
You will not see me unless I want you to.
I am sneaky.
I can manipulate minds, towns, even cities with just a few thoughts.
Watch as I slowly make my way into the shadows…

By: Lauren C.

love the Cheetoes Cheese uffs!
Their so yummy I love them.
AND CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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by Aaron
I have to use the restroom.
Have to go.
I cannot say what I have to do.
I cannot hold it.
Here it comes.
I have to.

Couldn't resist
By: Cyrus B.
I can,t resist

By Sarah Ki

"May I . . . Kindly order your i - i - i . . . thing that e-e-emits music"
"Excuse me but do you mean our iPod?"
"Yes, Yes I would"
"Is there something wrong?"
"No, not at all"
"Well don't say anything to any one I'm just. . . Allergic to saying. . ."

Mina A.
I really need to use the restroom
but i can't tell u what i have to do
I drank a lot of water: that should be all that i have to tell you
I really really need to go
My bladder really might explode!


By: Mallory F.

Me: Sir I need those things that cover you legs

Sir: You mean pants

Me: Yes but I can’t say that

Sir: Pants

Me: Yes

Sir: Why

Me: Because I can’t I can’t I can’t Say P

Collon P