TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE - week of Feb 10, 2009

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TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE - week of Feb 10, 2009

Postby mslover » Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:54 pm

come one, come all! it's time to write! here are your three challenges for the upcoming week. (Though I'd love to see more people participate in last week's as well.)

1. In honor of Jillstar's birthday, let's write about February. do you have an anniversary? is valentine's day the day you remember? what makes February special to you?

2. Use the following for inspiration:

"a poet is a voice translating heart"

3. Word list: simper, find, desperate, wonder, complete, surreal, live

"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 mae » Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:13 pm

#1 - Today is the 30th anniversary of my husband's and my first date.

Be Mine


Awash in tears, I'd spend my nights
wondering why I must be alone.
What egregious sin did I commit
for which my life must now atone?

No climax built in my daily story,
my heart but a one-line misquote.
Loneliness met each ensuing dawn
and left each night its footnote.

The fog-filled days trudged single-file
through February's cold embrace
and I began to lose my way
in colorless time and space.

'Til my life one day changed its course,
no longer in darkness entombed.
You took my hand and walked with me
beside where Pussy willows bloomed.

You made your heart my valentine
filled up with candy kisses.
And now our February story's told
with loving reminisces.


First date Feb. 11, 1979
Married July 14, 1979



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Postby Mlou » Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:51 pm

#1
WEATHER REPORT

F reezing toes and ears a-tingle.
E verybody's sneezes mingle.
B lowing storms and icy streets
R edeemed by Valentine-y treats.
U sual thaw is bright but brief
A s minutes run, yet gives relief.
R ejoice, ye fans of winter sport -
Y ou get all this and, best...it's short!
nothing is ever simply Yes or No. There's always a But...


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Postby mae » Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:17 pm

The mingling sneezes are going on in my house right now! Nicely done, mlou. mae
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Postby GabrielGadfly » Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:26 pm

Lost in Translation
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If a poet translates hearts,
Then I am a poor poet.
My heart is a false cognate:
A word laid like bait
To ensnare your interest
And lead you to a conclusion
You were better off without.


This poem and more can be found on my website. Link in signature. Comments always welcome. :)
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Postby Mlou » Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:41 pm

I visited your website, GG. Nicely done. I enjoy the same type of book that you do. One book review sounded a bell with me. Although the plot doesn't seem to be the same, the balloon and the armored bear reminded me of a film I recently watched. I think it was the Golden Compass. I wonder if they might be related.
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Postby GabrielGadfly » Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:54 pm

Mlou wrote:I visited your website, GG. Nicely done. I enjoy the same type of book that you do. One book review sounded a bell with me. Although the plot doesn't seem to be the same, the balloon and the armored bear reminded me of a film I recently watched. I think it was the Golden Compass. I wonder if they might be related.


More than likely. I reviewed The Golden Compass back in January. More recently, I've reviewed the other two main books in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, and two peripheral works set in the same world.

http://www.gabrielgadfly.com/tag/his-dark-materials/

The link above is an index page with links to my reviews of each book in the series, if you're interested.
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Postby Mlou » Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:16 pm

That explains it. It was a sort of deja vu moment. :)

#3

NIGHTMARE

I dream of a world
of simpering fools who
run with the herd
and mouth the platitudes
of the day, desperate
to destroy the values
by which we live.
I wake to bitter wonder,
finding the surreal no dream
but an agenda on the way
to completion.
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Postby Mlou » Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:12 am

Okay, where is everybody? Goofing off again?? :evil: Where's my whip...
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Postby JillStar » Sat Feb 14, 2009 1:46 pm

Ah Mlou... I to fear that was no dream you have but instead an awakening so many others really need to experience.
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Postby Mlou » Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:51 am

I truly don't understand the prevailing thinking today. I mourn that our great grandchildren are being burdened by a debt that the current generations should pay off now, instead of continuing to indulge themselves by mortgaging the future. But that, of course, is for another discussion altogether.
Onward, poets!
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Postby JillStar » Sun Feb 15, 2009 2:25 pm

*applause* :clap:

On the poetic subject... I have been uninspired. Every now and them I pop in to read different challenges to see if one will jump start my brain. Funny how I write poems... I will see the challenge and think "I will write on that one" and then I write with no clue what I am going to write about; as if my muse takes over. I'm not complaining, I just wish I had more say in the matter. :wink:
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Postby Mlou » Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:34 am

Sort of like ouija board and automatic writing? :wink:
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Postby mslover » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:43 pm

heck i'm lucky if i can get my muse to help me come up with three challenges... i think i need a vacation too. :D

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

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Postby mae » Sat Feb 21, 2009 6:21 am

#s 1 and 3

Whimpering and simpering
February looks down the page
playing up to warmer months
hoping to engage

but not enrage

regal August, of calendar's longest.
Desperately Feb curries favor
with spoiled September
and its wonders savor,

approaching with a quaver.


It's been purported, even reported,
that February's a complete waste.
With surreal ice storms and
concrete-colored skies defaced

by graffiti rain, unerased,

except for hearts pierced by darts
from Cupid's aimless bow.
Then Feb lives in queenly splendor
giving the others quite a show

and lives easy with the months below.


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Postby Mlou » Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:31 am

Anyway, mae, it's almost over, thank goodness! Bring on spring and the sooner the better. :)
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Postby Mlou » Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:27 am

Yeah! It's the first of March. Goodbye, February...don't come back too soon!
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