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In the Daily Prompt Thread I've included several 24 syllable "poems".  At Writing.com there is a daily challenge to write a poem in exactly 24 syllables, no more, no less and include some form of the given prompt word.  Sometimes it produces some very good poems.  Most of the time it is more an exercise in stretching the vocabulary and condensing your thoughts.  No high poetry here, just quick, attempts to expand your writing. I've found in writing these short pieces, in a short period of time, they have often led to inspiration for longer poems.   I thought maybe someone else would like to join me in this exercise so I'm setting up, a separate thread.  I'm stealing the prompts from the original forum.   I don't write one every day and this is not a contest, no winners, no losers.  Just have fun writing.

 
24 Syllable Forum

Let me regale you
with the merits of this forum,
poets disciplined
to stretch and to condense.
~~jvg

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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May 18 deadline 4 PM Eastern Standard Time 

Prompt:  travail

Marathon

Muscles burn,
throat parched,
one more stride,
the travail forgotten
in the triumph
of finishing the race.
                ~~jvg

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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July 8     Prompt -  torrid

Temper, Temper

Her temper tantrums range
                   from torrid
                   and horrid
to limpid pathetic
though oh so athletic.
         ~~Judi Van Gorder

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Prompt:  swathed

Creature

Young Frankenstein,
crossed the line.
Swathed in disgust for his creation,
anguished "How can this be undone?"
                         ~~Judi Van Gorder

I just read Frankenstein, the Modern Prometheus  by Mary Shelley.

I didn't know Mary Shelley was the wife of the romantic poet Percy Shelley.  This story was the result of a challenge one evening between Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and the then 19 year old Mary to write a spooky tale.  She won.  This book was a one of the first recognized "gothic novels".  The book is only 121 pages long but the paragraphs are dense and long and I thought a difficult read.  The creature in the book was quite different from our modern day "Frankenstein monster".

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Allergic

Demon cats, he was known to eschew,
when they came near his eyes teared
and his dripping nose spewed, Ah Chew!
                             ~~Judi Van Gorder


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Mandatory Evacuation

i have left my home,
camping, out of fire zone.
Sleepless i sit and write
a homeless soliloquy.
                  ~~Judi Van Gorder


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4 Lines
prompt:soliloquy 

Yes, i was evacuated from my home.  Trinity and I went to my office in a nearby town.  The power was out but we camped ou there and slept there until the sirens and phone emergency signal went off at 4 AM. The police were going up and down each street with lights and sirens.  So we packed up and we went to the next town and are parked in the Casino parking lot.  Over 100000 people are being evacuated. The freeway is a parking lot.  Not fun
 

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The Artic Unknown

Nordic quest
across the Artic's nival dunes,
can only be guessed.
The curious consult the Runes.
                   ~Judi Van Gorder

Prompt: nival = adjective, region of perpetual snow

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Prompt -   tenebrous. .
ADJECTIVE literary . dark; shadowy or obscure. "the tenebrous spiral staircase of the self"
synonyms: indistinct · faint · vague · ill-defined · unclear · blurred · blurry · misty · hazy · foggy · veiled · cloudy · clouded · nebulous · fuzzy · dark · dim · unlit · black · murky · somber · gloomy · shady · shadowy · dusky · darkling · crepuscular · caliginous · Cimmerian

Election

Tenebrous talk
lurks within propositions
on my ballot,
causing confusion 
to vote, yay or nay.
               ~~jvg

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