Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 198 (and WD Poetic Forms Challenge)

I’m trying something a little different this time around. This is still a poetry prompt (on Wednesday), but I’m going to combine it with one of our Writer’s Digest Poetic Forms Challenges (more details on that below). First, the prompt.

For this week’s prompt, write a chant poem. I just covered this poetic form yesterday on the blog (click here to read).

Though I wrote it for yesterday’s prompt, here’s my attempt:

“Santa Carla”

He can see all the birds lift from the grass;
there’s another missing child on the radio.

The trees appear to be covered in glass;
there’s another missing child on the radio.

He knows the many shades of wrong and right;
there’s another missing child on the radio.

If there’s a city waiting in the night,
there’s another missing child on the radio.

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Here are the guidelines for the WD Poetic Forms Challenge:

  • I will consider any poem included in the comments on THIS post
  • Deadline: 8 a.m. (Atlanta, Georgia, time) on October 26, 2012 (in other words, the next 48 hours)
  • Please include your name as you would like it to be published (if selected)
  • Contest is free
  • If you would not like your poem considered for the contest, please indicate such in your comment
  • Winning poem will be highlighted on the blog and be featured in a future Poetic Asides column in Writer’s Digest magazine
  • All poems submitted must be previously unpublished (that is, published in a book or publication of some sort)
  • Announcement of the winner and top 10 will appear on the Poetic Asides blog (usually within a week of the deadline)

 

Poets can continue submitting poems after the 8 a.m. deadline as they normally would on a Wednesday Poetry Prompt, but I will only consider poems for the challenge up to that point.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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230 thoughts on “Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 198 (and WD Poetic Forms Challenge)

  1. Juanita Lewison-Snyder

    just under the radar
    by juanita lewison-snyder

    no family to call her own
    the woman who walks home alone
    alot to be said for flyin’ just under the radar

    he follows along while he tweets
    from the other side of the street
    alot to be said for flyin’ just under the radar

    notes the neighbors, notes the time
    notes the tingles up the spine
    alot to be said for flyin’ just under the radar

    in the coming weeks he’ll prove
    stake his mark, make his move
    alot to be said for flyin’ just under the radar

    then off across state lines
    put some distance ‘tween the crimes
    alot to be said for flyin’ just under the radar

    © 2012 by Juanita Lewison-Snyder

  2. Marie Elena

    MAKING A MESS OF THINGS

    He chases superficial gain
    A new graffiti dawns

    Spray-painted tenets leach his soul
    A new graffiti dawns

    Fidelity repulses him
    A new graffiti dawns

    Her mousy brown bleeds into brash
    A new graffiti dawns

  3. nitapita

    Life is Too Short

    I can’t wait to play on Saturday
    Life is too short, enjoy today

    I can’t wait for vacation
    Life is too short, enjoy today

    I can’t wait for school to start, I’m so bored
    Life is too short, enjoy today

    I can’t wait to turn sixteen, so I can drive
    Life is too short, enjoy today

    I can’t wait to graduate and get a good job
    Life is too short, enjoy today

    I can’t wait to get married
    Life is too short, enjoy today

    I can’t wait to have kids
    Life is too short, enjoy today

    I can’t wait until they walk and talk
    Life is too short, enjoy today

    I can’t wait until they start school
    Life is too short, enjoy today

    I can’t wait to see the adults they’ll be
    Life is too short, enjoy today

    I can’t wait until they come home to visit me
    Life is too short, enjoy today

    I can’t wait for grandkids
    Life is too short, enjoy today

    I can’t wait to retire
    Life is too short, enjoy today

    Wait, wait, I can wait to grow old
    Life is too short, enjoy today

    Wait, wait, I can wait to die

    Life is too short…

    By Anita Porr

  4. nitapita

    This was written on the fly, when I couldn’t post my original. Just fixed the errors.

    To my fellow writers
    Of posted poetry
    Nice job, good work
    That really touched me

    You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.

    Your poems are moving
    I liked them a whole lot
    Some make me chuckle
    Some inspire thought

    You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.

    I’m just trying to comment
    Just typing a reply
    I get this message
    I can’t figure out why

    You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.

    You must be kidding
    How can this be?
    I just type a response
    And post comment, see?

    You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.

    It’s really too bad
    I’ve comments to share
    And my poem might
    Have won by a hair.

    You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.

    By Anita Porr

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