Poetry challenge #9 free style: the entries

This challenge really seemed to get the words flowing. Starting each line with the same letter sounds tough, but you all showed that it’s perfectly possible to write beautiful poetry within such a tight constraint.

First in this week was from DAME from Ms Toy Whisperer

Dame | Ms Toy Whisperer

Next was another ‘D’ poem. This one a love poem from Sacha Black

Dark and murky, this blindness suffocates me,
Deathly quiet, muffled like a blanket of snow yet,
Doubt bangs as loudly as the morning sun shines

Deep in my chest a potent concoction of
dread and exhilaration matts together like glue
deaf to the dangers of love, I
dance willingly into her arms.

Next was Ken with

SIMPLY STELLAR

Simply stellar
Such was that moment

Subtle, yet
Startling

Senses reeled, when first I
Stared into her eyes

So it is today
Some years later

Space, time hold no meaning
Save for her presence

So certain am I that
She shares my sentiments

Still

Simply stellar

https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/simply-stellar/

 

Peter Bouchier sent this ‘W’ poem

WILD WILLOWS

 

Then an ‘I’ poem from Pensivity

INTERESTING INTRIGUE

 

An ‘H’ poem from Elusive Trope

Hyper-Vigilance | Elusive Trope

An ‘S’ poem from Janice

Seeking–Jane Dougherty Poetry Challenge #9 | Ontheland

 

This ‘B’ bird poem from Kerfe has, of a course, beautiful illustrations

Bunting Bird Brooklyn Bound | method two madness

 

Another romantic poem YEARNING from Mr. Todd

Yearning… | A Flash of Fiction…

 

Last in this week, a tour de force in ‘F’ from Merril

Holidays in the Key of F | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Thanks so much to you all for participating. Looking forward to the last challenge before Christmas? Watch this space tomorrow.

Poetry challenge #6 Cinquain: the entries

Personally I found the concept of the cinquain a difficult one to get right. Syllable counting works fine, but trying to fit ideas into a set number of words is trickier. You all seemed to manage it though 🙂

Here are the results.

First in was Greg. I liked this one a lot.

https://gregwolford.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/circle-of-life/

Next was Ben Naga with two different forms, and very different styles.

OH DEAR, PATER’S VEXED AGAIN

Silent.
Enigmatic.
What has she done this time?
What random act deemed faulty? Best
Grovel.

THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS

Vision
(Enigmatic, fleeting)
Made him grovel,
Forswear his faulty murderous
Dream.

Next, with illustrations, was Kerfe of the memadtwo duo

Coiled as
if lightning, as
if combining brightness
and death. Revealing suddenly:
shadow.

Serpent.
Cosmic bridge
connecting regenerating transforming
healing poison hollow
fangs.

 

Carol of writersdream sent in this peaceful cinquain

https://writersdream9.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/quietcinquain/

 

Ken (rivrvlogr) chose a magnificent Flemish painting to illustrate these moving cinquains

Her tears
May seem to dry
To the unseeing eye
Grieving mother’s souls know only
Sorrow

Time
Is powerless
Holds no sway
Tears dry not with
Age

Doug the Elusive Trope’s contribution. I am trying, honest.

R&R

relax
feel the trees sway
roll with the waves lapping
let the stress drip from your muscles
relax

http://elusivetrope.com/2015/11/19/rr/

 

This third cinquain of Ken’s I’m adding separately since it is in such a different style to the previous two.
KEYBOARD KAT

Insistent
Sweetie Pie
Assertive black feline
Subtly staking out territory
Demanding

https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/keyboard-kat/

 

and it also ties in very neatly with this one from R.Todd, entitled

BUBBLES
Bubbles
Tiny and light
Dancing on the cat’s nose
Who’s, coincidentally, named
Bubbles.
https://rtoddwrites.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/bubbles/

He has been experimenting with cinquains for a while. You can read them all here

 

Then we had another poignant poem from thesecretkeeper

 

Someone else trying out the cinquain form for the first time, vronlacroix.

Thank you Veronica, it’s a beautiful small poem

 

Likewise Kat Myrman making it look so easy!

 

Three contributions from Janice Spina to wrap things up. Thanks Janice!

Acceptance

Refuge

and this one

 

Refugees,

caught in

bleak killing chaos,

rise with courage, to seek

asylum.

 

Thank you all. I hope you found this an enriching challenge. I know I did. Tomorrow, challenge #7 will be something (I think) of my own invention.

One line poetry challenge

Hope I’m doing this right…

Ritu nominated me to carry on this challenge originated by Waffles (thank you Ritu 🙂 ), adding the next line to this collective poem.
The rules for the challenge:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back.

2.Link back to me Waffles.

3. Write one line in the poem. If 4 lines have been reached before you then start a new stanza

4. If you are the 17th line no need to nominate just send it back to me Waffles with a title for the next one.

Autumn

Autumnal hues herald dawn’s amber glow.
Nature paints in colorful flow.
Everything’s pumpkin from pop tarts to chips.
There’s even a seasonal orange pumpkin dip.
~
Now a crestfallen suns rich corpse spawns a great feast.
The aroma from scented candles tantalize the palette.
Eerie glows emanate from window sills,
And robin’s song defies the winter beast.

I nominate Jennifer G. Knoblock to carry on the poem.

Threads. Or are they?

This is my response to the Secret Keeper’s Monday poetry challenge to write a poem or piece of prose which includes these five words or synonyms:
Fame, view, mask, bridge, yarn.

Sorry but I can’t find the name of the artist of the painting.

Paisatge_amb_pont

The threads draw tighter,
Masking the sight of the water,
A shimmering, steely safety net.
Or is it illusion?
Bridge sways beneath my feet,
Centuries of glory shifting in river sand,
Dimmed by the cloud mist over the sun.
Or is it my eyes?
Resplendent it is no longer,
Mud creeps, seeps into the fabric of all things.
Not even stone resists.
How could I?
Nailing courage,
Fighting against the sticky web of indecision,
Listening to the roar of the river calling.
Or is it warning?
The sun sinks weary and bloodless into the west,
Drawing the black spidery lines in its wake.
Bridge bucks, sighs, and settles,
Or is it my feet?
I wake, walk, leave the place, where the world is in flux,
And find the bank again, the right bank.
Or should it be the left?

More Tides & Flesh Haiku

The Tide and Flesh prompt just goes on giving. Here are two more fished out of the comments. The first is from Harriet Goodchild:

A finger of foam
Points idly cross the tideline
Water taking flesh



and this one is from Peter Bouchier:

singing swell of words
gently rocking to the breeze
winging weightless bird



Taking up the challenge again, here is my fourth haiku:

Ebb tide leaves behind
limpid pools eyes full of sky
gull watches crab flesh.

1280px-'Crabs_on_the_Beach'_by_D._Howard_Hitchcock

Painting by D. Howard Hitchcock.

Night falls

I wrote this in response to a challenge I saw on Christine Haggerty’s blog, to write a poem using these words: stand, insistent, aggravate, wrapped, and cave. I cheated I’m afraid, just couldn’t find a use for aggravate. It’s not a word that sounds very ‘poetic’ to my ears. Reminds me of the Monty Python sketch…

I don’t know what the name for this is but I call it a circular poem.

Night falls,
Calls the fox to his mate,
Waiting beneath the stand of beech.
Leeches darkness from the cave of night,
Lightless the forest paths wrapped in dusk.
Musky the scent of roses still,
Will they fall before the day ends?
Send me a sign in the call of the birds,
Words insistent in the breeze that mutters.
Flutters the blackbird in the withered vine,
Wine finished in the chill wind from the east,
Feasting the cubs on the meagre nest of voles.
Holes in the clouds where I see your face,
Place where the sun used to pour,
For that is the sign?
Mine, the last light?
Night falls.