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TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE - 7-20-10

Posted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:21 am
by Mlou
Getting a head start this week because it's looming up to be a busy one.

1. By request, we're going to have another go at a Quotella. Choose any quotation that appeals to you...probably a short one, for starters...and build your poem from it. Your quote will read down the left side of your poem, with each word being the beginning of a line of verse.
(For an example, see the Quotella on the thread, Poems Revisited.)

2. Remember Barbara Walters with her famous interview line, "If you were a tree, what kind would you be?" Give us a poem about a tree...but it needn't be the one you'd be, if you were a tree. :)

3. And a word list from which to create a new poem. Paul G. suggested a word list so horrific that I think we'll just use ONE from his list each week. That would be:
lethargy, & devour, evoke/invoke, frail, burn, clothed, hardly, lean, woven

Let's have some dazzling answers to these challenges...even though it's summer and we're all fighting lethargy, apathy, ennui, torpor, and inertia, to use a few of Paul's suggestions. :lol:

Posted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:54 am
by pengwenn
I've always found a Weeping Willow tree to be very comforting. I've even written one into a couple of stories. (The also make great hiding places for lovers :wink: )

Posted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:35 pm
by Mlou
So have at it, Pengie! Give us a willow tree that makes us weep...or be comforted. :)

Posted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:28 pm
by mslover
i did one about a weeping willow some time ago... maybe i should dig it up. :D

Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:32 am
by Mlou
Okay, guys, if we have no new ones let's dig up the bodies. :) Maybe it will get something moving in the summer doldrums...

Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 2:17 pm
by Mlou
Will take a stab at the word list but will probably have to come back and work on it further.

EARTH PRAYER

I invoke the lean and hungry powers,
earth spirits, to devour this lethargy,
woven of the doubts that bind me here,
frail mortal clothed in base uncertainty,
hardly alive to all that waits my touch.
Teach me to burn!

Posted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:17 pm
by JB
I have been working on quotellas all last weekend and thru today. Kinda tough (for me anyway) to work with other peoples words. Just weird. I think so far i have gotten about 20 quotes from different authors to try this (ok..and I will admit that one or two were from Howard Cosell--but still had problems with them).

So for better or worse (and probably the latter), this is what I came up with FINALLY. I just now thought of the title...

Obituary for A Quotella

Somethimes standing on a cold precipice; saying
Goodbye to our old and lonely haunts;
Is sometimes hard to remember why we wanted to stay
A scent of fresh fields rain and an old castles bones; a
Second seems like forever ago here-.it gives a
Chance for the centuries to settle back into misty dreams.

quote from song by Shinedown

its rough but I will keep trying some more, Mlou...

Posted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:54 pm
by Mlou
JB, for a very first quotella, it's a really great start! I like it and do feel the cold and the rain. The "old castle's bones" is very visual. You can post the actual quote and attribute it to its originator, either above your title or after the poem. I didn't know whether this is one of Cosell's or not.

You might want to rethink some of the punctuation:
cold precipice,
haunts. It's sometimes...stay.
castle bones. A
like forever here. It gives

Posted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:12 pm
by JB
ok..i corrected the quote issue...was in a hurry. I was trying to punctuate and try to keep the quote at the beginning, which made it difficult for me. I will look at the suggestions and try it again. Maybe something else will pop into my head.

Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:46 pm
by LilacWine
What's a Heaven for?
("No ideas but in things"- William Carlos Williams)

No poet ever reached
Ideas higher than their grasp,
But many, now and then, perhaps
In dreams, saw the very
Things their words contrived.


-- As you can see, I threw a bit of Browning in as well.

Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:49 pm
by LilacWine
Very nice, JB.

Good use of a difficult word list, MLou.

Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:57 pm
by Mlou
Oh, well-expressed thought, lilac! I know he's one of your very favorites!
I confess I'd have to go and read Browning. Haven't done so in years. :) There aren't enough hours in the day to read, read, read and write, write, write...to say nothing of eat and sleep.

Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:27 pm
by pengwenn
Safe within the canopy
of a weeping willow tree
the lovers meet
as boughs of flesh
tangle in the passion
of forbidden love

Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:32 pm
by pengwenn
Mlou I liked your poem. So full of eager passion.

Lilac, being an old English major I recognized the influences of Browning and WCW even after all these years. It made me feel like I was back in school again.

Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:43 pm
by Mlou
Well done, Pengy...so happy that we're getting a few challengees here! :)