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Poem a Day – Day 20 – Prompt is Better Late Than Never

Hi all. This theme is appropriate for me because it’s better late than never that I get this written. I am so tired though so I will keep this short and sweet. The OctPoWriMo prompt was “Better Late than Never” and think about feelings about being late.

I thought about how sometimes it’s tempting not to try something because we are too old or for whatever reason we think it’s too late to try. I say go for it! :)

This form that was suggested was definitely new to me. See the description on the Shadow Poetry site for Blitz Poem. 48 lines with a repeating pattern to follow. Interesting! :)

Better Late Than Never
By CJS

Better late than never
Better something than nothing
Nothing comes from nothing
Nothing may be easier
Easier isn’t always better
Easier isn’t always safe
Safe and sound
Safe can be an illusion
Illusion of isolation
Illusion of having enough time
Time marches on
Time we can’t get back
Back to the moment
Back to taking chances
Chances are you can do more
Chances are that maybe
Maybe have more fun, too
Maybe it’s easier than you think
Think not of the ‘Why nots’
Think not of “If”
If it is important
If it is what you want to do
Do Not give up
Do Not worry about it
It is up to no one else
It is up to you
You care what
You care who
Who cares if you fall
Who cares what they say
Say anyone or no one
Say So and So
So much to do
So much you can be
Be confident
Be Still
Still, you know…
Still, I just…
Just stop doubt
Just Go
Go About
Go To
To Here and To There
To and From
From you now
From the start
Start
Now

Poem A Day – Day 19 – Prompt is Rain

Hello and welcome to Day 19 of my month long poetry adventure! A poem a day for the whole month – crazy! But also super fun and challenging.

Today’s prompt, which the OctPoWriMo organizers are providing every day, is Rain. They gave us words and pictures and advised free writing for ten minutes on rain.

I followed the free write direction today and it took me to an odd place. I actually love the rain, and could have explored several different ideas. I have great affection for all things British and always remember the rain while I was in London, so I had a few London thoughts. But I may use that for something different because I kinda went off on this tangent. Hopefully you’ll like where I ended up.

Have a great week, y’all. Please do come back and visit during the week as well. Thanks!

After the Storm
By CJS

The drops tracked down the windowpane, slowly
then racing to the end,
as if being chased.

She stared at the window
and the raindrops
and tried to think of peace
in the tracks of unfeeling rain.

She was not so unfeeling
and at times wished
she could be,
sometimes she felt too much.

Did he feel anything?
Or was he just a raindrop
racing across the window
of this small part of her life.

She turned away
from the rainy window
And thought to herself
The sun would be out soon.

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Poem a Day – Day 18 – Prompt Black Out

With yesterday’s prompt I spent a lot of time playing around with the magnetic poetry in the prompt because it was such fun. Today’s OctPoWriMo prompt was also really creative and I spent a lot of time messing around with a lot of different ways to discover “found poetry” by blacking out existing text in a book or online pages etc.

I looked at books around the house but I didn’t want to black out a real book. So I snagged pages from favorite books that I have on my Kindle app on my phone and used a photo editor. I just never found a good clean way to get a result I was happy with.

I finally picked up some magazines and tried to find a small section I could mark up that didn’t have really tiny font. Basically I have spent a lot of time to come up with very little. Still, though, it’s been good exploring a new way to get to a creative place. :)

Below is the poem and the text from which I took the words for it.

Untitled
By CJS

A collection-
from all we are after.

You discover
newfound respect.

Men, let’s embrace change today
the image, more important.

Acknowledge this
book-loving, devoted spirit.

Alive
Find it

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Poem a Day – Day 17 – Prompt is Words

I loved today’s OctPoWriMo prompt. They pointed us to an online version of the magnetic poetry kit, which I have always loved, so the online version was a great discovery!

I have spent quite a lot of time playing around with that game today. I’ve even had to bookmark it so I can make many happy returns to their site. :)

I’ve included some of my favorites below. I had to limit it to three because otherwise I would have posted about twenty. I’ve just had so much fun! :)

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Poem A Day – Day16- Prompt is Once Upon a Time

Today’s prompt was Once Upon a Time. See how many stories you recognize. :)

Once upon
a time
in a
bookstore

There was a mother of dragons
a night’s watch on guard,
A winter that is coming
And many a house coveting a throne.

Or bewitched by a wealthy gentleman
And a proud, but poor lady
Who at first vex each other greatly,
But soon find they fell in love.

I found a young girl, proficient
with a bow, selected for cruel games
Along with a boy with the bread and together they spark a revolution.

I saw an admirable father
Who took on a tough case
To show his young daughter
real courage’s face.

And then there was a wizard
Who with his friends from school
Fought off a dark lord and
Won our hearts along the way.

These books I take home
And I read in my chair
With a nice cup of tea -
All day I can stay there

For it is as I read
I can live
happily
ever after

Poem a Day – Day 15 – Prompt is We’re Halfway There

So today is almost our almost halfway point through the poem a day through the month of October as part of OctPoWriMo. I appreciate very much those of you reading along and those who have liked and commented on my poems. I really have loved your feedback and appreciated the kind words.

Today’s poem prompt mentioned thoughts on being halfway through the challenge. The form suggested in the prompt (from Shadow Poetry) was a Diatelle. This form is specific in number of syllables per line as well as in rhyming pattern.

The syllable structure is:

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1

The rhyming pattern is:

a, b, b, c, b, c, c, a, c, c, b, c, b, b, a

I decided to keep with this challenge of trying out new forms, and this one certainly made me stretch. Not perfect, but fun, and isn’t that what it is all about? :)

Stay.
For now.
Hear this vow.
While we are here
Straight ahead we will plow
Through thirty one days, show no fear!
There may be some laughter, maybe a tear.
In poetry, like life, to find joy is the way
So to these simple rules we must adhere
Say nothing ugly, not one jeer!
Some poems may not wow,
But with path clear
We can now
Allow
Play.

Poem A Day – Day 14 – Prompt is The Poets We Know

Our OctPoWriMo prompt for today was a bit different. Instead of a specific theme, we were given a variety of great lines from accomplished poets to use as inspiration.

The line I chose is from Denise Levertov:

“Two girls discover the secret of life in a sudden line of poetry.”

While maybe I haven’t quite discovered the secret of life, this last year I’ve really been opened to poetry, both reading and writing it, thanks to The Love Book app and iF poems app. If you are a regular reader you have heard me plug these many times, because I love them and it is how I came to this new appreciation for the beauty and wisdom of poetry. I think there is something especially affecting about having the poems read aloud, and by someone who knows what they are doing. These apps really sparked the love for me, but books I have picked up (and been given – thanks Jess) since finding these apps have really cemented what I imagine will be a lifelong love of poetry. What a gift is that?

So my very simple try for a Haiku is given with love and appreciation for everyone involved with those apps. If you don’t have them already, go get them. :) There is a lovely print version available now as well, but the apps have my heart.

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