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2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

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2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Postby Robert Lee Brewer » Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:23 am

Here is the official thread for Day 10 of the challenge.

Best,

Robert

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Postby The Wired Journal » Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:01 am

Why top of the morning to you my Amigo
Danke an guten Morgen Sie auch
oui en effet un beau matin, il est
ο ήλιος λάμπει φωτεινό
si veda
Che il Signore benedica tutti voi persone meravigliose in questa bella giornata

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Postby Nancy Posey » Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:14 am

I'm hoping I get this posted. For a usually tech-savvy girl, this one has been hard to beat.

Je ne sais quoi

Write what you know, I’m always told,
but I’d rather explore my doppelganger’s life,
go slumming on the other side of the tracks,
or find some quiet little out-of-the-way place
that only the locals know, a small cafe
with that certain Je ne sais quoi, music
playing so softly from the other room,
I can’t quite name it, something in the sauce
the makes me smack my lips, searching
for the particular spice, and across the room,
a man whose face I know but cannot place.
I know that in my dreams, those images
will waltz around the room inside my head,
rearranging the furniture of my thoughts,
then take a seat near the fire, feet up,
and begin to introduce themselves to me.

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Postby Nancy Posey » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:41 am

One more for fun:

Igpay atinLay

While language snobs will have their day,
I’ll stick with igpay atlinlay,
the only language I have found
that I can wrap my tongue around.

When I’m unsure what I should say
and can’t convey my eaningmay,
I speak a language so sublime
that every inelay always rhymes.

And no, this poem is no joke
translated into how I spoke
when I was six or evensay;
all my iendsfray spoke this way.

We never had to conjugate
amo, amas, amat—but wait—
While I’m at it, should I mention
this anguagelay has no declension?

While Classical Latin may be dead,
long after Julius Caesar said
his famous lines, Et tu, Brute?
it’s still unfay to talk this way.

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Postby madcapmaggie » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:58 am

Nov 10: write a foreign word poem

Politesse Poetique Anonyme

I'm under the spell of a rhyming word curse,
fated to churn out my silly, rhymed verse,
in spite of best efforts, unable to stop.
My muse is determined I'll chime til I drop.

Life on the rhymed lane becomes kind of lonely.
Where are the others, or am I the only
poor poet whose head is too, too full of rhyme?
I'll trade you a ream for a very thin dime.

Sometimes I manage to write something serious.
It leaves me so happy, I'm almost delirious.
Then, don't you know it, I'll jot down a ditty
instead of real poetry. Oh, what a pity.

I have decided to throw in the towel
and scribble rhymed verses until you all howl,
thus courting a visit from poet police
for illegal rhyming, but until then: Peace.

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Postby madcapmaggie » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:58 am

Nov 10: write a foreign word poem

Politesse Poetique Anonyme

I'm under the spell of a rhyming word curse,
fated to churn out my silly, rhymed verse,
in spite of best efforts, unable to stop.
My muse is determined I'll chime til I drop.

Life on the rhymed lane becomes kind of lonely.
Where are the others, or am I the only
poor poet whose head is too, too full of rhyme?
I'll trade you a ream for a very thin dime.

Sometimes I manage to write something serious.
It leaves me so happy, I'm almost delirious.
Then, don't you know it, I'll jot down a ditty
instead of real poetry. Oh, what a pity.

I have decided to throw in the towel
and scribble rhymed verses until you all howl,
thus courting a visit from poet police
for illegal rhyming, but until then: Peace.

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Postby mapoet » Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:15 pm

Un Abrazo

A hug sends a message
through the arms and hands
right down to the fingertips.
Welcome-arms that have been
spread in anticipation
thoroughly engulf the recipient.
Swaying may be involved.
Congratulations-there is a
firmness to this hug that says,
“You did it!”
Consolation-the two participants
truly hold on to each other.
There may be a reluctance or
an inability to let go.
Love-The one message sent
with every hug.

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Postby susan budig » Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:54 am

On the Road to Catacomb

There was no movement of any kind
Save for her left eye, which rolled
Back and forth, she was out of her mind
Life’s bankrupt, no chance to be paroled

Save for her left eye, which rolled
It’s a game we play, but never win
Life’s bankrupt, no chance to be paroled
Life charges a fee more dear than our skin

It’s a game we play, but never win
Now she lies comatose, waiting for the unplug
Life charges a fee more dear than our skin
In the end, there’s no miracle drug

Now she lies comatose, waiting for the unplug
Just yesterday, she was baking bread
In the end, there’s no miracle drug
Sewing a button with needle and thread

Just yesterday, she was baking bread
Back and forth, she was out of her mind
Sewing a button with needle and thread
Now there’s no movement of any kind


(pantoum)

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Postby Yolee » Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:30 am

Hablo Dos Idiomas

At a local high school, on Thursday Nights,
a charity assists people by giving medical
attention. My role is to translate Spanish
to English, (patients) English to Spanish
(doctors & nurses. Sometimes, I get patients
from registration to diagnosis to check out.

I was surprised is the warmest way
when one lady with a non-threatening
condition hugged me just before she vanished
behind the door that opened to the parking lot.

Her gratitude, in the universal embrace,
though it was doctors and nurses with years
of schooling, and perhaps Goliath student
loans, whom volunteered to promote
wellness, spoke silently, yet, at full volume.

Language draws the voice of the heart
to state its condition, it draws thoughts
to mindful collaboration. I think about
when I get a pedicure, the aestheticians
go on and on in a foreign language.
Sometimes laughter interrupts the hum
of business . And I do okay not knowing
what is being alleged in their dialect.

It is none of my business even if they look
my way with eyes that tease my lack
of understanding. Theirs is a connection
that excludes me. Sometimes that kind
of knowing will get you a hug from a total
stranger, who isn't strange at all.

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

Postby TheBatInTheHat » Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:58 am

Twitter sized (again).

I went from a German last name to an Iranian one, from a "Nazi" to a "terrorist".
Ich liebe dich, Amrika-joon, ¿pero quién eres tú?

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