POETRY CHALLENGE Aug. 2

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POETRY CHALLENGE Aug. 2

Postby Mlou » Mon Aug 01, 2005 8:30 pm

1. Are you in the doldrums or in high spirits? Tell us why in a short poem.

2. Write about any flower...morning glory, love-in-a-mist, rose...or any weed...poison ivy, ragweed, dandelion...Do you like/dislike it?

3. Ran across an interesting phrase which might inspire: "a room with a ceiling made of sky".
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Postby Mlou » Tue Aug 02, 2005 1:22 pm

Calling all poets...it's Tuesday again! :D
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Postby funkywriter3 » Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:33 pm

For #2 do you have to write about a specific flower?
" The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."- Albert Camus

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Postby Mlou » Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:38 pm

Nope...any flower that catches your fancy!
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Postby funkywriter3 » Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:39 pm

Okay so do I have to say the flower's name in the poem, or can I be speaking of all flowers in general?
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Postby Mlou » Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:42 pm

Specific would be nice (for depth) but if you want to generalize, go ahead.
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Postby Anblick » Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:42 pm

I think the general idea is to get you writing, so if you're inspired by flowers in general, I'm sure Mlou won't be harsh (unless you misspell something)!
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Postby funkywriter3 » Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:44 pm

Okay well my poem is in two parts(can't post it now though) and it talks about a person being a flower, so it's kind of generalized(did I spell that right?).
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Postby Mlou » Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:52 pm

Go for it. It's the idea that counts. For instance, morning glory might actually be about a person who's up and doing in the morning and evening primrose, for a night person.
I only posted a few flower names as examples...and I thought ms might go for the "love-in-a-mist", which is actually another name for baby's breath. :)
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Postby funkywriter3 » Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:55 pm

Awesome!
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Postby Anblick » Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:59 pm

Dandelion

Though clearly a flower
They call you a weed
Simply because
How you transport your seed

The wind it does carry
Your seeds all about
To brighten the lawns
On the breeze's route

You start out quite yellow
Then go gray and brittle
You come and you go,
But you stay rather little.


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Postby funkywriter3 » Tue Aug 02, 2005 7:00 pm

Very nice Blick! :clap:
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Postby Anblick » Tue Aug 02, 2005 7:22 pm

Aw, it only took a few minutes... :oops:
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Postby Anblick » Tue Aug 02, 2005 7:46 pm

I just realized I was the first to tackle the challenge!
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Postby cherbo86 » Tue Aug 02, 2005 8:33 pm

Ode to Ivy

Poison ivy,Oak and Sumac
It's really all the same
it is the only thing that grows
All along my lane

"Leaves of three let them be"
I have heard it said
but leaves of three I did not see
my skin is hot and red

Steroids, Pills, and cortaid cream
My skin to pay the price
to the lane I take some gasoline
This will not happen twice!!!
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Postby Anblick » Tue Aug 02, 2005 8:35 pm

(Keep in mind that Sumac isn't "3 leaves"!)

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Postby Anblick » Tue Aug 02, 2005 8:57 pm

Distraught

At the edge of hope
Full of despair
No hold on fate
No hope to care
Danger lingers
With each daily thought
I can't help but wonder
Why I'm so distraught

*Z*
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Postby AlienEeeter » Tue Aug 02, 2005 10:57 pm

Poetry yay!

A Rose

A rose
White or red or pink
Will wilt with time
And you will recall
It's beauty after death

I wrote it w/ Magnetic Poetry, so I had to work w/ what I had.

I'm a bad poet. I don't even *like* poetry (except for dirty haiku) and know nothing about it. I don't know why I'm even looking at this thread. But I liked the poison ivy poem.
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Re: POETRY CHALLENGE Aug. 2

Postby Milkman Dead » Wed Aug 03, 2005 2:55 am

Mlou wrote:1. Are you in the doldrums?



I had to swallow my emotions cause I couldn’t spit them out
A million things to say but I just couldn’t get one out
They went down my esophagus and landed in my belly
In there the beast wreaked havoc: deep pain he had to tell me
Heavy fears and held back tears, my gut had to succumb
This f&*%ed with my mind as the rest of me went numb
I couldn’t move, I could barely speak, my confidence was weak
I couldn’t prove I was unique, life looked immensely bleak
I felt like: NO ONE IN THIS WORLD WANTS TO KNOW ME
And then I hit rock bottom and NO ONE WAS BELOW ME...
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Postby snowbird » Wed Aug 03, 2005 8:34 am

HOME

My room has a
ceiling made of sky,
and warm earth a
floor on which I lie.

The trees that partition the
green grassy meadows
heal old wounds with
their long cooling shadows.

The wind that I hear
is mother's soft lullaby,
and sunbeams' warmth
dries tears that I cry.

The fragrance of flowers
on the warm summer air
shows that God in his heaven
really does care.


*Z*
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Postby xcheck24 » Wed Aug 03, 2005 9:56 am

Change

Excitement swirls around me.
Changes and new worlds
fall before me.
A new path,
a new beginning.
I don't need
to force a smile.
Deep inside, though,
lie my fears
and plaguing questions.
Worries lurk behind
my excitement.
I trust in faith
and myself
that all will be well.
Behind the Press
There's always a bloody ghost.
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Postby snowbird » Wed Aug 03, 2005 10:29 am

FICKLE

Feelings come
and feelings go,
but there is one thing
I now know.

Mountains are high,
valleys are low,
feelings I take
along in tow.
But let them lead,
they'll be my foe.

On mountains high,
in valleys low,
I give feelings to
the winds that blow;
and find relief
before I know.
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Postby Mlou » Wed Aug 03, 2005 10:34 am

:clap: :clap: Bravo, everybody! What a great turnout for this Tuesday's challenge!
'blick wants crit on his dandelions so...I like it. It's blithe and rhyming. There is one slightly awkward spot which might be reworded: "simply because how you..." something like "because of the way that/ you transport your seed."
"The wind, it does carry..." is a little old fashioned now but maybe "The playful winds carry...? Good job.
Your other poem is deeply felt. I believe it helps to write things out. :)

Mae...you've been reading my mind again! :D I've been grubbing in the garden all week and despite my care, I'm covered with rashes here and there. Aaagh! Cute poem.

AE...Did you write that with a rose between your teeth?? :wink: You should check the poetry threads more often. You did well to extract a good coherent, even thoughtful bit from the magnetic words! You might like to try our Wordtrip list of words for poems...bottom right corner...and check the thread where we post the ones we come up with.

Hey, Milkman...love your last line! :twisted:

Snow...so happy someone used that line. I just thought it was so expressive. TWO tries this week...great!

X...that's all any of us can do...have faith in ourselves. Good one!
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Postby Mlou » Wed Aug 03, 2005 10:50 am

Okay, I have a thing for dandelions, so gonna see how many I can do. This was written yesterday.

DENT-DE-LION

Tooth-of-the-lion, these hardy plants were called,
Which grandma harvested in early spring,
A tonic for the ills that winter brought.
Some call them pests and ruthlessly cast out
Their like from gardens and from velvet lawns.
Yet some old-timers know they're more than weeds,
For hidden in their bitter root and bloom,
The treasured gift of dandelion wine.
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Postby Mlou » Wed Aug 03, 2005 11:41 am

Here's TODAY'S effort...

CORPS DE BALLET

Dandelions move and sway
In their summertime ballet.
Golden heads they proudly raise
To the sun in ardent praise.
But once the blossoms start to fade
They vanish from the spring parade.
Bowing low, their petals fold
To the earth, their secrets hold
Until again their white heads lift,
In the random zephyrs drift.
Abandoned to the winds of chance,
They whirl away and end the dance.
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