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Daily Poem Challenge

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At Writing.com there is a Daily Poem Challenge.  Everyday at 1pm Eastern time it gives a prompt and sometimes a specific form to use. The poem is to be written and posted by 1pm Eastern the following day. 

Writing a daily poem results in a lot of poems written on the fly, often without fine tuning.  But it also can spark the beginnings of a new poem that can be honed later.  What the challenge does is, it inspires writing.   I don't have the energy or commitment to create a challenge everyday let alone to write a poem everyday.   But WDC has done it for me  (I think they alternate facilitators but they have a much larger base to call on.)  Any one can jump in when and if the prompt moves them.  I've made a commitment to write at least 1 poem a week for 2018.  If you are so inspired go ahead and share your prompted poem in the thread and identify which prompt you followed.  Of if it turns out a winner maybe share it in Member's Poetry where it will be commented on.

I will do my best to add the prompts and forms here in this thread in case someone here could benefit from a little nudge. Don't expect me to be as punctual as at WDC.  No way will there be a 24 hour window here. The other site actually judges the entries with a panel of judges.  No judges here, just nudges.  

~~Tink

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Dec 24  Acrostic - prompt Sunshine

He Called Her Sunshine

She came into his life
Under the most ordinary circumstance
No preparation, no fan fare
Suddenly she was there
Heaven opened its doors
Inviting him to feel its glory
Naturally he accepted
Ending his grey existence forever.
                   ~~Judi Van Gorder

Winner WDC The Daily Poem Contest Dec 24, 2017

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Dec 25, 2017  Christmas Night   - form Tanka

this night long ago
sheltered in a plain stable
a King will be born
only shepherds and angels
will witness God's gift of hope
                  ~~Judi Van Gorder

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Dec 27, 2017  Write a Kwansaba celebrating the 7 principals of Kwansaa.

The elements of the Kwansaba are:

  1. a celebration of family and African-American culture, a praise poem. A praise poem honoring the 7 principals of Kwansaa. (unity/family, self determination, collective work, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, faith)
  2. a septastich, a poem in 7 lines.
  3. measured by 7 words in each line.   (not syllables, words which was the 2nd hardest element to master)
  4. written with no word exceeding 7 letters.  (I found this the hardest element to master.)

    Seven Principals

    We bond in blood, triple in love,
    each of us must carry our brother.
    You are not alone, nor am I
    our lame and beaten will chant praise
    Our goals diverse yet one in purpose
    born in His image we too create.
    Faith is an action verb, so act.
                           ~~Judi Van Gorder

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December 29, 2017 Write a Lantern, spelled Lanturne at Shadow Poetry.  The elements are simply a pentastich with the syllabic pattern or 1-2-3-4-1. 

#1
Words
bubble
from my soul,
magnum opus.
Art

#2
Deep
scarlet
is the rose
of love's cliché
paled..

#3
Ode
to urn's
Greek beauty
in magic words.
Keats

#4
Glare
of sun
on snow bank,
icey diamonds
spark.

#5
Spam
email
clutters box
intrudes on time
Dump!
~~jvg

WDC The Daily Poem Contest Winner Dec 29,2017

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For December 30, 2017 Write a "Chain" Haiku on any subject with in at least 4 haiku frames.   A "chain" usually implies a link from stanza to stanza, most often the last word of the stanza beginning the next stanza. 

pen to paper
black strokes on white plain
haiku at work

work of the mind
and heart to share in verse
one moment of grace

grace in nature
and human acts observed
wisp of the wind

wind and raindrops
fall upon a laughing child
to waken the pen
          ~~Judi Van Gorder

WDC The Daily Poem Contest Winner.  December 30, 2017

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WoW!  I had to copy and paste this challenge from WCD.  I might give it a shot later today, then again maybe not.
For Dec 31, 2017

Form:  Any verse or stanzaic form accept Free Verse.
Prompt:  I'm sure you all know what the Periodic Table looks like. It's that thing from high school science with all the chemical elements on PTable .    Your prompt for today is to write a poem about anything you like, but you must include at least 25 of the 118 symbols for the elements.
For example:
Her skin includes the symbols for:

He - helium
S - sulfur
K - potassium
In - indium

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For January 1, 2018 write Free Verse only poem about your hopes and dreams.

Well that's what resolutions are all about.  Happy New Year, my 2018 is good writing to you all.

Giddy Up

Hope spurs the mare
to ignore her roiling belly
and move forward.
Dreams are
the kaleidoscope 
of possibilities
that cling
to the saddle.

My hope
is to always mount up.
My dream 
is to fly the colors
               ~~Judi Van Gorder
 
WDC The Daily Poem Contest Winner January 1, 2017
 

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For January 2, 2018 write a poem inspired by this William Shakespeare quote, "Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt." 

Now that sounds like a challenge for whatever I might question I can do.   I hope a poem can come of it too. 

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For January 3, 2018 write a poem in any form  about some everyday task. Use imagination to expand awareness of the ordinary.   

I got lazy and resurrected an old one with a couple of minor edits.  My poems are never done.

Morning Brew

Breathe in the heady
aroma of coffee brewing.
Pour, then grasp the hot mug,
warming palms to heart
and peer into the dark, steaming, pool
to find the entrance to the day.

Slowly savor the smooth,
bittersweet
of the full bodied liquid,
and feel the burn
while it slides
down the throat.
Ahhh......
Good morning. . .
       ~~Judi Van Gorder

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For January 5, 2018     Write a poem about yourself in which nothing is true.  Form at the discretion of the poet.     

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For January 6, 2018  Write poem in any form inspired by the phrase "Don't look back"

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For January 7, 2019 Write a poem inspired by this Edgar Allen Poe quote:  "They, who dream by day, are cognizant of many things which escape those who only dream by night.".

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For January 8, 2019 Write a poem in any form other than Free Verse, inspired by the word "fallen".     Ooops, I missed the "other than Free Verse" until after I wrote this free verse poem.   I will leave it up and play with it today and see if I can find a form to fit the content for rewrite and entry into the contest.  Otherwise, what the heck, I still wrote a poem today.

Fallen

I can't lie
I fell in love
with his body
chiseled by muscle
accustomed to hard work
and athletic play.

A survivor
comfortable in his skin
adventure his mission
excitement at each turn.
He charged my soul.
Yep I fell hard. 

More than a half century
has passed
and time
and injuries
have shattered
his physical strength
leaving him
helpless 
and trapped
by a feeble frame.

We have fallen
into the unkind  
challenge
of aging,
Drained by fatigue
and pain, 
and still I'm in love
with our journey.
          ~~Judi Van Gorder

30 Lines
Free Verse

So here it is in a series of Badger's Hexastich stanzas. 
Unrhymed 6 line stanzas, syllabic 2-4-6-6-4-2

Fallen

Can't lie
I fell in love
with his chiseled body,
muscle cut by hard work.
He charged my soul
Fell hard!

Life spanned
eventful years.
Time's wear and injuries
shatter physical strength.
A feeble frame,
bed bound.

We fall
to the unkind
challenge of age and pain.
Fatigued yet excited
we trek the path
with love.
     ~~Judi Van Gorder

Winner  The Daily Poem Contest WDC Jan 8, 2018

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For January 9, 2018 inspired by last night's speech at the Golden Globe by Oprah Winfrey, the prompt is to write a poem entitled “Time’s Up.” It can be about any subject you want. It doesn’t have to be about sexual harassment and women’s equal rights. Wherever those two words take your mind, I would love to read about.

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Oops I missed a day.  For January 11, 2018  Write a poem in any form except Free Verse at least 12 lines.  Prompt:  the color orange

I know everyone is going to write about a sunset but I can't help myself.  Here is the image that came into my head but I need to torture it into some verse form.  A work in progress.
When reds slide to yellows in the evening sky and the sea glows like a squashed jack o lantern. those orange and purple moments bring a a satisfied sigh from deep within.

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For January 14  write a Sapphic Ode Sonnet.  Any subject.   A misnamed invented form in 14 lines, made up of 3 quatrains followed by a rhymed couplet.  L1-L3 of each quatrain is iambic tetrameter and L4 of the quatrains is iambic dimeter.  Rhyme scheme abab cdcd efef gg.  

Misnamed, Sapphic Ode Sonnet

An ode, a tome of lofty praise,
a sonnet, lyrical little song
and Sapphic lines have dactyl maze,
this form named wrong.

Oh how I try to clarify 
the technicalities of verse
with small success, but still will try.
It could be worse.

Iambic meter in fourteen lines
with rhyme we sing the sonnet form.
No ode or Sapphic tones define
this poem, my scorn.

Creative writing is the final goal,
to share our thoughts and share our soul.
                            ~~Judi Van Gorder






 

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The prompt for January 16 is to find a poem in the archives written by another poet here at PMO and write your own poem using the same title.  Refer us back to the original poem 

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Prompt for January 17 is to write something inspired by the Edgar Allen Poe quote "believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see".

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