TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE 8-10-10

Want to write a poem but can't think of a new idea? Here's the place for inspiration.

Moderator: Metaphor Makers

User avatar
Mlou
Wordtrip Fixture
Posts: 16613
Joined: Wed Feb 18, 2004 10:24 pm
Location: Vermont

TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE 8-10-10

Postby Mlou » Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:11 pm

Okay, fasten your seat belts. Time to grab a ride on the poetry carousel. Hoping everyone has sharpened their quills...

1. In honor of our fearless leader, CP, I give you the opportunity to pen a poem about NOTHING. Any kind of nothing that you want. :lol:

2. There are so many days, weeks, months dedicated to certain things, these days. I'd like to see just what...that hasn't already been memorialized... you would find worthy of dedicating a period of time to.
Whether it be a fortnight, week, day, or even a hour. I do think it should be a bit longer than a minute though.

3. And, favorite prompt of all time, the word list, which I know will yield verses worthy of recording for posterity.

reap, stone, passing, well, thought, ground, rare, ripple, allow, release

Have at it!
nothing is ever simply Yes or No. There's always a But...


GINGERBREAD MAN by Mary Lou Healy at Amazon.com http://www.publishamerica.com/shopping/ ... ogid=16658 at Publish America
User avatar
mslover
Wordtrip Grand Master
Posts: 3113
Joined: Wed Aug 04, 2004 4:28 pm
Location: wherever the wind blows
Contact:

Postby mslover » Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:13 pm

LOL... i looked at last week and pretty much did No. 1 with the poem i submitted. i'll see what my muse can find for these.

"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."
User avatar
Mlou
Wordtrip Fixture
Posts: 16613
Joined: Wed Feb 18, 2004 10:24 pm
Location: Vermont

Postby Mlou » Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:28 pm

Yeah, I had looked at that one first and the thought occurred to me. :)
nothing is ever simply Yes or No. There's always a But...





GINGERBREAD MAN by Mary Lou Healy at Amazon.com http://www.publishamerica.com/shopping/ ... ogid=16658 at Publish America
User avatar
Olsenpotter
Wordtripper Extraordinaire
Posts: 338
Joined: Thu Jan 26, 2006 3:48 pm
Location: Idaho
Contact:

Postby Olsenpotter » Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:15 am

This is a poem about nothing.

There are no concrete images.

There are no rhymes.

There is no logic.

There is no music.

There are no people in this poem.

Except for me, the speaker, of whom

you know nothing.
I'll leave you a note in the freezer.
User avatar
Mlou
Wordtrip Fixture
Posts: 16613
Joined: Wed Feb 18, 2004 10:24 pm
Location: Vermont

Postby Mlou » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:27 am

Aha!! Great OP. You have taken the prompt deeper into the depths of nothingness than man has ever plunged before. Bravo! :)
nothing is ever simply Yes or No. There's always a But...





GINGERBREAD MAN by Mary Lou Healy at Amazon.com http://www.publishamerica.com/shopping/ ... ogid=16658 at Publish America
User avatar
Mlou
Wordtrip Fixture
Posts: 16613
Joined: Wed Feb 18, 2004 10:24 pm
Location: Vermont

Postby Mlou » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:47 am

#3
The Unhappy Woman

She released her bitterness
into clean air in invisible ripples
where, passing, they withered each leaf
with their poisonous touch;
and allowed them to fall like tears
into the well, the sweet water
of thoughts pure and rare,
that was turned into salt.
In the fallow ground where love
might surely have grown,
she planted a garden of discord and found
nothing to reap but stones.
nothing is ever simply Yes or No. There's always a But...





GINGERBREAD MAN by Mary Lou Healy at Amazon.com http://www.publishamerica.com/shopping/ ... ogid=16658 at Publish America
User avatar
mae
Wordtrip Grand Master
Posts: 2492
Joined: Mon May 09, 2005 11:54 am
Location: Northwest corner of Washington state, snuggled up next to Canada

Postby mae » Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:25 am

N Nothingness
O Oblivion
T Terminated
H Hollow
I Insignificant
N Naught
G Gone



mae
My heart beats in poetry. I think in rhythm and dream in rhyme.

Give me a crit! I can take it!

CELTIC QUEEN, an Epic Poem, Cynthia M. Bateman, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore ... +Epic+Poem at Tate Publishing
User avatar
mae
Wordtrip Grand Master
Posts: 2492
Joined: Mon May 09, 2005 11:54 am
Location: Northwest corner of Washington state, snuggled up next to Canada

Postby mae » Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:40 am

#2

You Got a Problem With That?

I hereby dedicate today
to fusses.
Confrontations, large and small,
arguments and musses
shall be honored on this day.
In true celebratory fashion,
those becoming pugilism,
fistfights, boxing
and other euphemisms,
shall be cheered
in the American way!

There shall be no losers,
I declare!
Only winners of disagreements
everywhere!
How can that be?
I don't know! I don't care!
What's it to you,
anyway?
It's MY holiday
and I'll set it up however I dare!


mae
My heart beats in poetry. I think in rhythm and dream in rhyme.



Give me a crit! I can take it!



CELTIC QUEEN, an Epic Poem, Cynthia M. Bateman, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore ... +Epic+Poem at Tate Publishing
User avatar
mae
Wordtrip Grand Master
Posts: 2492
Joined: Mon May 09, 2005 11:54 am
Location: Northwest corner of Washington state, snuggled up next to Canada

Postby mae » Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:03 am

#3

Water in a Dry Land


The swish, swish
of the reaper's scythe
gave way to a clunk
as the blade struck a stone.
'Twas but a passing blow,
a common enough occurrence
in this dry, rocky land.
Oh well, thought the farmer
pulling his sickle from the ground.
I'll sharpen later.

When he bent once more to his work
he beheld a sight
both rare and welcome.
A tiny ripple of water
had begun to seep from the earth.
Gradually, it wore away the dirt,
enlarging its course,
allowing it to grow,
and soon a stream of some size
stretched across the field.

He watched the water and thought,
How like life is this stream.
Sometimes a cutting blow is required
to release a heart,
enabling it to grow.
Hearing his son approach,
he looked up and as he did,
he felt a blow to his own heart.
He realized in an instant that his son
was his stream.

mae
My heart beats in poetry. I think in rhythm and dream in rhyme.



Give me a crit! I can take it!



CELTIC QUEEN, an Epic Poem, Cynthia M. Bateman, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore ... +Epic+Poem at Tate Publishing
User avatar
Mlou
Wordtrip Fixture
Posts: 16613
Joined: Wed Feb 18, 2004 10:24 pm
Location: Vermont

Postby Mlou » Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:10 am

I like your new "day", mae. Just let us know when it is, so we can celebrate. :)
Your next poem had an entirely unexpected ending...good for you. It jolts one out of the nice quiet rhymic tale, as the farmer was jolted with his sudden epiphany
nothing is ever simply Yes or No. There's always a But...





GINGERBREAD MAN by Mary Lou Healy at Amazon.com http://www.publishamerica.com/shopping/ ... ogid=16658 at Publish America

Return to “Poetry Prompts”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest