TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE 6-29-10

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TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE 6-29-10

Postby Mlou » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:27 pm

Tuesday again. I don't really think we've wrung out the possibilities of last weeks challenges but...

1. A few scraps of quotations, which may suggest a verse to your discerning eye:

A. "Life and its few years--a wisp of fog betwixt us and the sun."
B. "The burst of music down an unlistening street."
Lizette Reese

C. "I wish I hadn't broke that dish,
I wish I was a movie star.
I wish a lot of things. I wish
That life was like the movies are." Sir Alan P. Herbert

2. And a word list with which to draw a marvellous picture:
style, obscure, loose, subject, yoke, release, wild, drop, figure, mute

3. Ask yourself a question about the first item that catches your eye...and answer it in a verse, light or serious.
nothing is ever simply Yes or No. There's always a But...


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Postby Mlou » Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:09 pm

Looking for some takers here. :D
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Postby mslover » Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:08 pm

finally free

we figure on a life of obscurity
we blend in, no style,
no individuality
yoked and resigned and mute
subjected to the slow plodding
of day by day existence,
living for tomorrow
longing for release,
longing for passion.
we must find a way,
must break free,
loosen the chains,
drop them to the hard, cold ground,
finally running wild,
finally free.

"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 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:22 pm

Great use of the word list, ms...and thoughtful poem.
I'm wondering if you can name a poem of yours that doesn't have the word "passion" in it somewhere. :D
Well, I know that's a gross exaggeration, lol, but they all "feel" like they have the word in them, even if it's hidden.
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Postby Mlou » Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:37 pm

FAITHFUL MOON

Yoked to earth and subject to its sway,
Like a mute ox on his unvaried way
The treadmill 'round, our moon will make its run.
Cloud-obscured or in effulgent sun-
Reflected light, it travels, drops at last
Below the wild horizon to the vast
Other side of heaven. In what style
Might it move if cut loose for a while,
Released from its eternal tethered state?
I'd like to see it cut a figure eight.
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Postby mae » Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:14 am

#3 - Not a question, really, but a comment.

EGG WARS



Upon the table, a plate with bits of egg
remains unapproached.
Hubby's eggs were fried hard
and mine gently poached.
Hubby objected when runny yolk
upon his toast encroached.
'Tis a subject of much concern
but rarely ever broached.
Cooking eggs is not a sport
very often coached
and after all these years,
I'll simply not be reproached.

He can cook them himself!


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Postby mae » Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:25 am

#2, word list


Memorizing the Dictionary


It's not my style
to write obscure verse,
or play fast and loose
with the facts of any subject.
Instead, I am yoked
to convention.

How I long for release
from the fetters of
exactitude!
To write wildly,
forgetting my capitals,
dropping my commas
and dangling my participles!

Yet will I labor on,
filling my page with precise figures,
in mute acquiescence to
a lifetime of following the rules.

Bah!

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Postby Mlou » Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:27 pm

Mae...lol, we both went for a bit of a surpise ending. Loved your eggy verse. Reminds me of us. Jim likes hard=boiled eggs; I'd rather soft boiled..but not TOO soft. Hate runny whites. I like scrambled eggs with lots of sharp cheese melted in and browned. But never let a bit of cheese touch HIS scrambles. Eggs can be a serious subject among devotees! :)
I can see you now, running around dangling participles all over the place and looking wild-eyed.
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Postby mae » Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:45 pm

Eek, mlou! What would the tides do if the moon cut a figure eight!!! I can see our weatherman's perplexed look now!

My egg verse was all in jest. I learned YEARS ago how to cook his eggs (run over them with a truck!) But for some reason, seeing my eggy plate sitting before me, I thought of the word reproach and took it from there. I think I must have used every "-oach" word there is! Both of those were fun to write - though not so elegant as your word list "pome." However do you always write those beautiful verses?

Sigh.

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Postby Mlou » Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:34 pm

Thanks, mae. I DO love a word list. And I work in a weird way on them. I just come here, look at the list, and start writing. I hope it's not "automatic writing" where someone else takes over! lol But I write it here. And I never know what it's going to be about, when I start. Then I come back, off and on, and tweak it where it stinks the most. :-D

I hope we're all not done with these challenges...quote A and B really resonated with me, though I've yet to DO anything with them. But it's Tuesday, so I'll be posting a new challenge shortly.
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Postby mae » Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:54 pm

1B


Unwritten, Untitled



A box of watercolor paints remains unwetted.
A party dress hangs in the closet unworn.
The piano in the hall stays closed, unplayed.
Is there no picture begging to be born
or dance that demands rustling skirts?
Is there yet no melody yearning to be heard?

The world must bustle by
without seeing dazzling reds
or petulant purples.
Feet tappety tapping on the sidewalk
do not dance but hurry on,
trying to make up lost time.
Honking horns, calls for taxis
and caterwauling sirens perform
their dissonant symphony.

Yet for some, color is life,
to breathe is to dance
and the heart beats a waltz.
Though she pays scant attention,
society is enriched.


mae
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Give me a crit! I can take it!



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Postby Mlou » Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:55 pm

2B.

Does anybody listen
to the music of my heart,
or does it play along
for me alone?
I feel it resonate
and, like a swallow, dart
here and there
and echo in my bone.
Perhaps the touch of hand to hand
my heartsong may reveal
and in the lovely sharing
make it real.
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Postby Mlou » Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:14 pm

mae, I like what you were inspired to by the quote. :) Why do you begin with 4 lines of rhyme and meter and then abandon it?
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