TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE 03.18.03

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TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE 03.18.03

Postby mslover » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:50 am

Everyone give a thank you to our very own liz grayson for being this week's special guest creating this week's poetry challenges.


1. Form Prompt - An acrostic is a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word when read vertically. Pick a word - any word! - and use its letters to create a poem.

2. Random Phrase Prompt - these can either be lines in your poem, or just a general inspiration.

----choking to death on rose petals
----what to do to hurt a poem
----the five percent muse

3. Random Word List - blackberry, outcast, tower, absorb, tradition, scorch, novelty

okay let's get moving!

"Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories - we've already missed the spring"

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning how to dance in the rain."
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Postby LizGrayson » Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:07 pm

Ok, well I'll post in a little while. Guess the guest prompter has to write something, huh? :D
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Postby LizGrayson » Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:25 pm

Ok, since I've been reading the book.........admittedly it's a rough draft, so I'm sure it'll change at least eight times. :-D


S.E.T.I.

Could we be one of many
Or are we alone,
Nameless beings,
Time's lost children warring
Against the darkness,
Craving the unknown,
Together but forever separate from ourselves?
Don't buy drugs. Become a pop star and they give you them for free! ~ Billy Mack (aka the lovely Bill Nighy), Love Actually
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Postby mslover » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:37 am

heck once i write 'em i rarely ever change 'em. :D too lazy.

okay, since i didn't even come up with the challenges this week i HAVE to participate! sheesh... speaking of being lazy i haven't written in a while... :roll:

"Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories - we've already missed the spring"

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning how to dance in the rain."
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Postby mslover » Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:09 pm

bringing forward... c'mon folks i KNOW you have something for these prompts... (oh wait, i haven't contributed either... :oops: ) okay, i'm working on it!

"Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories - we've already missed the spring"

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning how to dance in the rain."
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Postby mslover » Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:31 pm

TICKLES

touching my side, your fingers
in motion, poking, tickling
cuz you love the idea of
keeping me
laughing out loud, as you dissolve into
endless giggles, keeping us both in
stitches...


:shock: well it was what came out! sorry!

"Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories - we've already missed the spring"

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning how to dance in the rain."
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Postby mslover » Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:20 pm

okay my poets... let's see 'em - i'm holding last week's challenge over due to lack of response. ;)

"Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories - we've already missed the spring"

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning how to dance in the rain."
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Postby PaulG » Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:50 pm

Ok LizG & MS don't hit too hard. It was this or an acrostic on GOLF. I did get all the random words in and in a limited time frame. Been out of touch & practice for a bit.
***************
We shall not let them absorb us.
And shall forever be outcast.
They, not bound by tradition,
Wish to scorch what isn’t novelty.
They sit by their cell tower,
Composing on their Blackberry.
Whilst the muses know,
We only create with pen and paper!
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Postby mae » Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:15 am

Okay, here I am, finally, with a poem.


Union Labor

My words lack flavor of late.
No tender morsels, these.
No zip, no pow, no razzmatazz.
No artful arrangement of A to Zs.

My writer's block is joined by a tackle
needing only a pulley and winch.
I'm mired hip deep in moribund thoughts,
sinking inch by painful inch.

They say that genius or talent or even success
is only 5% inspiration.
The rest requires dedication, work, and
95% perspiration.

There's my problem, plain to see.
It isn't that I've not paid my dues.
I've worked so hard, but what can I do?
I've only a 5% muse!
My heart beats in poetry. I think in rhythm and dream in rhyme.

Give me a crit! I can take it!

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Postby LizGrayson » Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:27 pm

Mae this is a great poem! I can't say I thought that prompt was usable. I'm glad it inspired you :-D
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Postby mae » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:10 pm

Thank you, Liz. When I read those prompts, my mind latched onto the 5% muse one. I loved it! mae
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Postby mae » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:13 pm

Challenge No. 1

Being of Sound Mind


C racked, they said. She's gone for sure.
Her mind's on a trip round the block.
Rattled and scrambled, her brain's messed up.
She needs a room with an outside lock!

R elax, they said. The stress is too much
And they think only they know best.
But how sane is it, I ask, to worry all night,
so insomniacs get more rest?

And, really now, is it all that smart,
to spend much more than you make?
You know, you must pay it back some day;
in the meantime, you've a bellyache!

Z estful living confuses the lot,
and they act like their shorts are preshrunk!
They're somber and solemn 'til filled with drink.
Then they're no fun; they're just drunk!

Y ou see, I'm the rich crazy aunt,
And they think they're being kind.
But they don't know how much, how very, very much,
I'm so very much IN my right mind!

mae
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Postby mae » Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:43 pm

Word list challenge:


Beneath the Tower Wall

The thorny vines grow high and thick,
blackberry, raspberry and nettles.
Hiding rabbits and outcasts beneath the brick
where the tower's wall resettles.

Under the brambles sunlight's absorbed
and there's only darkness and gloom.
Tradition says the precious gold orb
can't shine in that oppressive room.

But in a hollowed out place amidst the thorns,
there are signs of a campfire's glow.
A circle of stones lays by ash adorned,
and the thicket is scorched that grows.

The townsfolk talked of it years ago,
when still the novelty was fresh.
Their thoughts now toward the mundane go,
like life and love and comforts of flesh,

And no one sees the dark ones creep
to their circle in the vines
where they play at night while the world's asleep
and the berries and nettles entwine.



mae
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Give me a crit! I can take it!



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Postby mae » Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:30 am

You know, I don't see many entries here by mslover and lizgrayson. Where could they be hiding? mae
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Postby mslover » Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:49 pm

sheesh - for some reason i feel lucky to have managed to find the time to do one let alone all three. thank you mae for putting in the extra effort. i love them.

yay paul! ;) okay... tomorrow, three new challenges. in the meantime, i will see if can't come up with one more to these... hmmm....

"Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories - we've already missed the spring"

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Postby Mlou » Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:13 pm

Good work, all you who contributed! Let's get some life breathed into our poetry section again. I know I've been a footdragger what with moving and having no computer for a while but hope to get back into it soon. :)
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Postby JillStar » Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:44 pm

Believe me when I tell you how
exciting it is to witness the
aura that is you.
Underneath the image you portray to me;
to the world it is something different.
Indeed you are intense and
fantastic in my eyes and
unknown to so many; you are
laughter and joy.

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Postby funkywriter3 » Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:09 pm

Little dancer
I see you no longer
A pink blur
Reality fades
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Postby Olsenpotter » Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:23 pm

Twelve Dozen Roses

I'm an unpublished poet,
still in school.
I teach computers at
the community college.

Somehow
I managed to pay
for twelve dozen red roses.

The color of her blood-clot.

I choked on those petals
when the clot broke free.
I'll leave you a note in the freezer.

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