TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE -7-29-08

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TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE -7-29-08

Postby Mlou » Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:14 pm

Looks like last week's challenge isn't going anywhere. *sigh* So here are a couple of new bones to chew on.

1. Let's have a poem that touches upon August.

2. You're in church on a hot summer Sunday. Are you feeling reverent and prayerful? Or is your mind wandering and, if so, to where? Remember Robert Burns writing about the "wee beastie" on the lady's bonnet? He certainly wasn't paying attention...but it was a good poem!

3. Just one word list this week from which to fashion a poem. (More next week.)
mask, walk, greens, shadows, oak, stop sign, speed, garden/or gardener,
flag, brief
nothing is ever simply Yes or No. There's always a But...


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Postby LizGrayson » Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:32 am

CRAP! I wrote another prose-y thingy :D based on the word list. I'll have to think of a church poem....
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Postby Mlou » Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:38 am

prose-y is okay. :)
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Postby mslover » Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:48 am

hey at least your challenges are getting some responses... there was at least a month or two where they were posted and no one posted! :roll: i'm trying and i participated so quitcher moaning. heehee

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Postby Mlou » Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:07 pm

That's because you were too much of a lady to whine and grouse when nobody posted. I, however, am the sheepdog type and will keep after everyone until they write, even if it's just to shut me up.
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Postby LizGrayson » Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:14 pm

Which is why I'll stop by later with a poem...we don't want the blue furry creature to be ticked off, after all :-D
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Postby Mlou » Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:15 pm

Yeah, it's not a pretty sight! :twisted:
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Postby PaulG » Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:10 pm

Off Course

He walks into the shadows of the oak
His face a solemn mask.
Another drive flaring, slicing, going violently right
Clanging off the stop sign
Ricocheting off a gardener
Drat, out of bounds again!
This game will always humble you.
With a gauge of the wind’s speed
With head down and a mighty cut
The ball comes to rest two feet from the flag
And as he crosses the green
A brief smile curls his lips.
He’ll come back next week!
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Postby LizGrayson » Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:22 am

This is a totally relate-able poem! It's the way I play!

I like this :-D
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Postby Mlou » Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:39 am

The world is full of players like this! We are across the street from the golf course and so far we've picked up at least 10 balls from our front lawn, to say nothing of what the mower has chopped up.
Good job, Paul.
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Postby mae » Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:49 am

It sounded like the way I play until you got to the two feet from the flag part. That never happens to me!

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Postby mae » Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:57 am

Challenge #2 - Not particularly poetic, but true

Last Sunday in Church


My husband's arm slides around my shoulders
in a chastely loving embrace,
but I cannot respond.
Taking my hand from atop my bible,
he gives a gentle squeeze.
I pay him no mind.
He clears his throat;
I do not hear.
Finally, with a less-than-gentle nudge,
he gets my attention,
and at last,
I'm awake!

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Postby mae » Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:24 am

Challenge #1 - August

What Holiday?

No day to honor Presidents
or statesmen in their graves;
No homage to kinfolk's stimulus
that our paths to greatness paves;
No tribute to the heavenly course
of sun or moon or stars
or designated date
to spend in rowdy bars.
Poor August is alone
with its empty calendar page,
yet provides a holiday from holidays
our weariness to assuage.


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Postby mae » Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:09 am

Challenge #3 word list

Luv 4Ever


Behind a mask of studied indifference
I walk through greening shadows
to a big oak tree by the corner stop sign
carved with a heart and piercing arrow.

'Neath the oak I sit on a moss-flecked bench
and slow my speeding mind.
I picture the gardener tending a sapling
who came out one day to find

a message of love, like a signal flag
held aloft for all to see.
Though but a brief fling, I smile inside
for the heart was carved for me.


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Postby Mlou » Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:28 pm

Nice use of the challenges, mae. Shame on you. :oops: but some sermons do tend to drag on endlessly and repetitiously, don't they?
I like your August take. It's true...we have a plethora of "holidays" now, which aren't really the same to one who remembers when they were actually celebrated on the correct date, no matter who'd rather have a long weekend.
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Postby PaulG » Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:52 pm

The lion rules this month
But its days belong to the dogs.
Unlike October’s cooling winds
August bestows its sedating heat
As it takes forever to go.

A time spent at escape and leisure
Yet we celebrate labor at its departure .
Almost a second year-end
Semesters and seasons start anew at it demise.
An august dichotomy is this cycle of the moon.
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Postby JillStar » Sat Aug 02, 2008 9:03 am

mae wrote:Last Sunday in Church

Finally, with a less-than-gentle nudge,
he gets my attention,
and at last,
I'm awake!

mae

That was great... I was thinking you were actually ignoring him in order to pay attention to what was happening up front. :-D
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Postby mae » Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:00 am

Oh good, Jill! That was what I was hoping people would think. mae
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