TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE - 5-4-10

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TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE - 5-4-10

Postby Mlou » Mon May 03, 2010 8:38 pm

I've been reading an unusual novel, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. It's filled with beautifully written passages and is about a boy who is mute. He helps his father with their dog-breeding business. It's his task to choose names for the many litters of dogs as they're born, so he goes through the dictionary looking for just the right names. His own dog is named Almondine.

1.I thought his list of names for the latest litter would make an interesting word list challenge. :)
essay, finch, forte, opal, pout, tinder, umbra, iris, and baboo/babu. (That last one, I will mercifully leave out of the list.) and add: litter, breed.
Perhaps 8 words out of the ten on this challenge as they seem a difficult bunch.
2. As long as we're into dogs this week, a poem on some aspect of them? Or one particular dog you have or remember or encountered at some time.

3. And because Edgar hears but cannot speak (he signs and has trained his dog to understand), your poetic thoughts on sound or silence, or the difference such a condition might entail.
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Postby mae » Tue May 04, 2010 2:17 pm

Wow, mlou! What an interesting challenge. And a challenge it will be. To be honest, it will be good to get something in my head besides thoughts of death and funerals and other sad stuff.

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Postby Mlou » Wed May 05, 2010 9:27 am

(Okay, this list was a killer! No way could I pen a serious poem from it. Had to cheat a bit with umbra/umbrage.)


His forte was growing iris
Of opalescent hue
But she pouted and took umbrage
At the time he took to do.

Lest resentment be the tinder
That burned their love away,
She essayed to breed finches
To occupy her day.

Now their greenhouse is atwitter
With wings among the flowers
That are nourished on bird litter...
And they share their happy hours.
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Postby pengwenn » Wed May 05, 2010 11:28 am

#3

Not all silence is golden
There is the awkward pause
When expectations meet realities
There is the void of laughter
At the passing of a friend
There is the stillness of mourning
After the last tears falls
There is the ache of loneliness
When the phone never rings
Not all silence is golden
Is this my reality or yours?
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Postby Mlou » Wed May 05, 2010 4:31 pm

Well done, Pengwenn!
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Postby Mlou » Mon May 10, 2010 12:03 pm

Wow, this site has been moribund for a few days. Where is everyone?
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Postby mslover » Mon May 10, 2010 12:49 pm

it's just not working for me this week... :o( and i used every bit of creativity i had with the poem a day april challenge.

"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 Mlou » Mon May 10, 2010 12:50 pm

Ah, ms, there's always more where that came from! Dig down; it's there. :)
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Postby mslover » Tue May 11, 2010 4:02 pm

soundless

do not weep for
silence takes nothing
from feeling crushed velvet in your hands,
nor from the ocean's foaming rush to shore,
candy colored roses bloom soundlessly, and
the sun still sets brilliantly orange-red,
then ushers in bright mornings
with silent applause.

"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 » Tue May 11, 2010 4:53 pm

From mlou: Wow, this site has been moribund for a few days

From me:


The Biggest Loser



A moribund coatimundi
prowled the forest floor.
Rubicund and most rotund,
he sought a snack and more

He never lacked a meal, you see,
for the forest held food abundant.
But day after day the same old thing,
he felt it so-o-o redundant.

Until one day near mating time
he dressed in his best cummerbund.
It was too tight! It would not close!
To say the least, he was stunned!

What female coati would give him a look?
It was clear he'd become a glutton.
He tried again to squeeze himself in.
No use. It simply wouldn't button.

Now our coati is sleek and svelte,
since the day his snacks he shunned.
Instead, he munches on spicy salad
of fresh rose floribund....
a.





I tried to use as many "-und" words as I could find.

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Postby Mlou » Tue May 11, 2010 8:51 pm

Well, mae, I'm glad my word choice inspired you! :-D
I see everybody SHUNNED the word list this week. And it was such an interesting FUND of words too! Probably lucky I wasn't GUNNED down when folks got a look at it. Ah, well... I did venture a shot at it.
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Postby mae » Wed May 12, 2010 12:00 am

Fund and gunned! I missed those two!

Don't lose heart. I'm feeling a bit burned out after April's marathon. I may yet take a whack at it. The whole challenge was very interesting. I just don't have the energy, yet. "Moribund" struck a chord, however!

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Postby Mlou » Wed May 12, 2010 8:53 am

Two last lines for your poem of romance in the jungle...

Now he struts his stuff with his lady love
Whose name is Veracund...
a.


(Actually that was my mother's name but, being a poet also, she wouldn't mind. :) )
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Postby mae » Wed May 12, 2010 9:57 am

:D Actually, I thought I would get chided for that little bit of silliness at the very end. But the whole poem is silliness, isn't it?

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Postby Mlou » Wed May 12, 2010 2:50 pm

Hey, if we can't laugh once in a while, we'd be crying all the time! :)
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Postby pengwenn » Fri May 14, 2010 10:40 am

That word list is too hard for me. I might try something about the dog. I have a psychotic one myself so I'm sure I can think of somthing.
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Postby Mlou » Fri May 14, 2010 9:46 pm

Okay, Pengie...the list is just to get you cogitating anyway. Use even 2 or 3, if it gets you going. :)
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