Saturday, April 11, 2015

Poetry Challenge: April 8, 9, 10, & 11

Clearly this week got the best of me!

April 8, 2015: For today’s prompt, write a dare poem. This poem could be written as a dare to someone. It could make a daring proclamation. It could involve a dare that someone has accepted…or refused. In a way, each day of this challenge is a dare to write a poem. Are you ready for the challenge?


He asked me to jump,
From cliffs that soared above the sky
Limitless with possibilities
Of future splashes
And endless clashes
Made up in embrace
Bound in forever ashes…
To take a chance
Off one daring glance
Into the deep.

April 9, 2015: For today’s prompt, write a work poem. For some folks, writing is work (great, huh?). For others, work is teaching, engineering, or delivering pizzas. Still others, dream of having work to help them pay the bills or go to all ages shows. Some don’t want work, don’t need work, and are glad to be free of the rat race. There are people who work out, work on problems, and well, I’ll let you work out how to handle your poem today.

I am a teacher.
This means my days are
filled with ever-changing
needs based on the seeds
I want to plant: for humanity.

I am a student.
Of the young minds I mold
That impact my soul
And teach me each day
What is needed: for humanity.

April 10, 2015: For today’s prompt, take the phrase “How (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “How to Write a Poem,” “How Mechanical Pencils Work,” and “Howling at the Moon After Midnight in the Middle of a Thunderstorm.”

How to Love a Puppy

It seems, one would assume
That loving puppies is a coup -
Of soft fur and puppy eyes,
Tiny paws as mud tracks by.
But there’s the mess in their wake
Sleepless nights, a morning’s fake.
And carpet stains that know no end
All for the sake, of man’s best friend.
Yet one small glance, into their soul
A puppy’s love, now takes control.
And you surrender with all you have
And know to love him makes you glad.
You then relinquish neat and tidy,
And provide a love that’s awful mighty.
To this creature so small and meek
That makes your heart be still and weep.

April 11, 2015: For today’s prompt, write a seasonal poem. This should be a snap for haiku poets; after all, inserting seasonal words is a rule for the form. However, you don’t have to write haiku to write a poem that references or happens in one of the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Pick a season or include them all.

Summer: a fine time.
Of endless friends and great wine.

Hate to see you go.

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