Poetry challenge #34: Snow geese

Some of you will be aware I’m not feeling brilliant at present, but the show must go on, so here’s this week’s challenge. I’ve chosen a painting (by Arkady Rylov called Blue Expanse) that I find gloriously uplifting. The light is so pure, the geese so splendid. Where are they going? Who is watching them? Is this a dream or a wonderful reality? See what you make of it. I can’t get my head together to write a poem this morning, so the choice of form, style and everything is yours.

Have a handful of words to play with, if you like.

Aerial, profound, murmur, splintering, spark

Arkady Rylov_Blue_Expanse.jpg

As usual, post the link to your creation in the comments. Looking forward to being uplifted ๐Ÿ™‚


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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.

43 thoughts on “Poetry challenge #34: Snow geese”

  1. Hi Jane! Sorry to hear things aren’t great. Thank you for managing to come up with such a beautiful prompt. I have responded to it: https://fmmewritespoems.wordpress.com/2016/06/08/snow-geese-for-jane-doughty
    and I hope you are up and running soon.

    There is something about your prompts which brings out my inner romantic – I think I’ve mentioned that before. I’m enjoying letting her out to play!

    I’m not sure how uplifting it is, but I hope you enjoy it.

  2. I’m cooking up my response and will probably post tomorrow. Your image and words helped me, which is great — I know I don’t really need to ‘warn’ you but I want to– my topic is quite serious and triggered by an historical novel that I’m reading.

    1. Your poems are always thoughtful, Janice. One of the things I appreciate about them. There’s none of the navel-gazing, lust and pulpy lips that passes for poetry in some quarters ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi Jane. Since my challenge entry wasn’t mentioned in your review, I thought I would doublecheck my link to make sure it was working…it links to your site on my computer. I am not sure why it is not showing in the comments here?

    1. I bet I know. Last week WP was having problems with pingbacks. They weren’t working. I didn’t get any until Monday. There were fewer entries than usual and that’s probably whyโ€”I just didn’t get the pingback. I’ll go to your blog and find your poem and add it. There are probably a few other people in the same position. I’m sorry about that.

      1. I realised there was something funny going on when the Daily Post prompt that usually gets almost 200 replies was registering zero. There are probably a few that I just didn’t get at all, like yours. I hope they point it out. I’ve updated the post so yours is now the first one.

      2. Thanks Jane for adding me in. I saw a similar lack of responses on the Daily Post Photo Challenge come to think of it! Regulars for your challenge will notice eventually… hopefully a new participant’s entry doesn’t get lost.

      3. If they’ve fixed the problem we should be okay from now on. I notice a lot of people make a pingback but also post the link manually. It’s easier for me to work back through the pingbacks, but a link is a good security measure.

      4. I guess I ‘ve been lucky with ping backs so far so long as I don’t make an error…I ‘ll have to consider a second link or a ‘next day check’ perhaps…thanks again…by the way this lost link led me to discover that I posted ‘at the wrong time’ for the daily post photo challenge as my link for that was lost too–I corrected that situation (relinked).

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