Poetry challenge #50: Fifty

The big five o calls for something special. I think it also calls for a break. I’d like to catch up on writing and shop around some of the manuscripts that are just sitting on my computer getting old and boring. So, this challenge will be the last one until I get a few things sorted out. Houses being one of them.

For the fiftieth challenge, I’ve scrapped what I had planned and thought of this idea this morning. I’d be pleased if you give it a whirl. The rules are simple, a single stanza of five lines of ten syllables each. The five end of line words all rhyme, so I strongly suggest you pick a selection of rhyming words before you start.

The image I had chosen I’ve decided to keep because I like it. The title is ‘Constellations’.

Please post the link to your poem in the comments box before next Thursday, or if you’re Ken, just post your link in the commentsย  box.



The city night is full of light and noise,

I try to pierce the glare of neon toys,

Flashing glitter creating false day ploys.

Beyond the garish din the calm destroys,

A million stars the gentle night sea buoys.


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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.

56 thoughts on “Poetry challenge #50: Fifty”

  1. Hi Jane, Nina and I are on blog break for about a month, for similar reasons, but I’m (still) working on Pain and Freedom, and I’ll put this on the to-do pile as well. Will post all when we return.
    Hope you get your own to-do list whittled down! (K)

    1. I won’t go away entirely, Kim. Just take more of a back seat. The challenges, reading and replying is taking up all of my time, much as I enjoy it, and I really ought to be doing something to boost my own writing.

  2. I’m afraid my mind can’t write around this, so:
    I just want to say
    Thanks for letting me sometimes play
    Enjoy your time away
    Look forward to your return some day

    PS: My name is Lorraine. Once a highly kept secret.

    1. Thanks for revealing the closely guarded secret! I didn’t get the notification of this comment, but WP has been playing fast and loose with our blogs lately. Thank you for the postcard poem and remember, like Dr T, I’ll be back ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. All good things come to an end…I have felt so fortunate to participate in and learn from your challenges and I will miss them. I wish you all the best in your writing, publishing, and new home. If only there was enough time for Everything! I’ll be posting my effort soon. I actually did something for last week but put it on a back burner…to be revisited.

    1. You’re more serious about your work than I am then, Janice. If ever I leave somehitng to finish it later, I lose it. Glad the challenges have been profitable. They certainly have been for me, really made me investigate forms of poetry I’d never heard of before. I’ll be back, I’m sure, when I have some spare time ๐Ÿ™‚

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