Poetry challenge Monotetra: the entries

The news about Brussells airport is just coming in as I compile this post. If anybody mentions anything about ‘good’ religious believers and ‘bad’ religious believers today I will go into orbit.

Back to the mundane and essentially trivial, but at least it’s not killing anybody.

Last week’s challenge, the monotetra was, I thought, a fun oneβ€”poetry with a simple rhyme pattern and a refrain. As usual, you rose to the challenge beautifully.

First in was a paeon of praise for her hometown from Sri. If you’re looking for a holiday destination, sounds as though you could do a lot worse πŸ™‚





Kim’s poem is so terribly sad in a very contemporary way. Not what I was expecting. The kind of poem that gets under the skin.

Selfie – writing in north norfolk


Kerfe’s poem is cosmic! The ultimate question and symbolic answers. And beautiful artwork too πŸ™‚

What Does This Mean? | method two madness


Kat’s poem is particularly apposite at this time of year. Even more so for me when I’m trying to do the exact opposite of these avian hoarders πŸ™‚

Nesting – A Monotetra | like mercury colliding…


Ken’s poem made me sigh with pleasure. That last stanza is just gorgeous.

Beauty, on End | rivrvlogr


Merril’s poem is her own personalised variant with an attractive coda. Love it πŸ™‚

The Water Shimmers: Monotetra Poetry Challenge | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings



Doug, the Elusive Trope with a poem that is stark and uncompromising as a black and white photograph.

Pantomime | Elusive Trope


Janice sends out a timely message in her poem

Lights outβ€”a monotetra poem – Ontheland


From the Crow, grimly brilliant, if that’s allowed.

Poem 20160319 – Caw!


Thanks again for all the wonderful poems and helping to keep alive that tenuous hope that humanity isn’t all rotten. New challenge tomorrow.

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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.

18 thoughts on “Poetry challenge Monotetra: the entries”

      1. Life is so short and so precious. For a person to be so self absorbed to think their agenda is worth more than the lives of others is just incomprehensible. It isn’t just the criminals- politicians, corporations- any one or group that lacks the ability to respect the world and its inhabitants regardless of what ’cause’ they feel justifys their actions. The kind of basic rules of playing nice that we teach children would go far on the larger scale of this kind of school yard antic of bullying and fighting. Sorry, rant over, and I’m not siding with any religion here as being better than anyone other. Yes- mind blowing poem. I’d rather focus on that than the crap on the other channels.

      2. I agree. This authority some minorities give themselves to impose their cranky ideas on the majority is totally undemocratic, unrepublican and immoral. But it’s not just Islamic fanatics. All religions have their die-hards, God is always on their side. If the first amendment was ever put to a vote would it be carried? Why can’t I tell my neighbour he’s a big-mouthed, antisocial, violent drunken slob without being accused of racism? Why is it okay for so-called peasant farmers to destroy public buildings and block the transport network with violent protests demanding subsidies because they don’t earn what they consider a reasonable living, when anybody else just has to suck it up? We all seem to be in hock to the extremists with the loudest voices.

  1. I’m just waiting for morning coffee to perk, and I’m not home, so I was unaware of the news until I saw your post. Awful!
    That makes it all the more precious and wonderful to be in company–even virtual company–of caring, creative people who can creative such glorious work.
    Another wonderful round of poems.
    Jane–it’s just possible that your name came up once or twice during this writer’s retreat I’ve been on–in a very positive way. πŸ™‚

    1. Terrorism is sick-making. And there’s no way of stopping it either;
      I’m glad to know people who create beautiful things rather than destroy them.
      And any publicity is good publicity, but good publicity is wonderful πŸ™‚

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