Sept poetry challenge: Hands, the entries

Last week I threw out a challenge to write a sept poem on the theme of hands and using the detail from the Arnolfini portait as inspiration.
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Here are the poems you sent in, a string of pearls.

First and second, nicely balanced pieces, came from Kris the Bard

Life
Begins
All too soon
We grow older
Childhood hope
Is long
Gone


Joy
Beauty
Passion
Intangible
Evidence
Describes
Love

Next a lovely inspirational poem from Ali Isaac

Walk
Take my
Hand and go
I’ll be your guide
Your support
Be brave
Walk

Then Harriet Goodchild’s beautiful verse

Two
Hands trace
Patterns slow
Love’s sweet embrace
Touches flow
In grace
New

Rivrvlogr has given his philosophical sept a title: Offering

faith
offered
accepted
no exceptions
willingly
embraced
love

https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/offering/

To read Peter Bouchier’s poem: Clap, just nip over to his blog.
https://peterbouchier.wordpress.com/english-essays-and-poems-2/clap-sept/

Elusive Trope, the instigator of all this sent this moving and erudite poem.

TRUST

hands
joining
gesture: fides
manulalis
the business
husband
wife

Next one, defiant and emphatic, is from Manpreet

My
Heart holds
Tight what my
Hands fail to. I
Tonight fight
For my
Dreams.

The Secret Keeper has gone into this challenge with all guns blazing and a set of three poems.
http://thesecretkeeper.net/2015/10/18/poetry-challenge-sept-hands/

Kat Myrman also produced a trilogy
https://kmmyrman.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/a-trilogy-of-septs/

And TJParis added this little gem before the list closed.

Clasp
My Hand
My true love
And in my palm
You will find
My heart
There

Thank you all for joining in the fun of trying out this form which is certainly new to me. They are all splendid little poems, so bravo everybody.
Tomorrow I will post a new theme, so if you fancy having another go at a Sept poem, don’t miss it!

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

9 thoughts on “Sept poetry challenge: Hands, the entries”

  1. Wow Jane what a fantastic response you had! Well done… will this be a regular thing from now on? I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s challenge. I don’t write much poetry, so this is good for me.

  2. Reblogged this on aliisaacstoryteller and commented:
    I wrote a poem, inspired by Carys’s recent acievements, for Jane’s challenge, and she published it on her blog, along with a whole heap of other fantastic poems. She had a great response. I am chuffed, because I don’t write much poetry, and Jane is very encouraging and supportive. There’s going to be another challenge tomorrow… why not give it a go?

  3. Reblogged this on My Thoughts about Us and commented:
    A massive Thank You to Jane for posting all these poems up – including mine :D!
    I must be honest – I found it challenging to write (even before I started, I had to Google what syllables in poetry are!)
    Thanks a lot Jane for this challenge! I thoroughly enjoyed it! 🙂

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