Posted in Poetry

Triangular Rain

Triangular rain cuts
across his (tearless) face;
he preferred the curved elbows
of macaroni,
the gentle drip, drip
of cheese, but that was not
to be on this hungry

He turned and walked
into the irregular
light of the street lamps
that ran parallel down
the puddling street.

© Jilly’s  All Rights Reserved

A combination of “Triangle” from Poetic Asides and A Month with Yeats from Jane Doughtery.

Posted in Casting Bricks Collaborative Poetry

Casting Bricks – Jilly’s November Challenge

Casting Bricks to Attract Jade

Jilly’s November Challenge! 

Welcome, again, my Poetic Friends, to another round of Collaborative Poetry; I’m thrilled to have you here!  November marks our fifth month of Jilly’s Challenge and I am eagerly looking forward to a new month of Casting Bricks to Attract Jade. Let’s get November going; here’s how it works:

  1. Write a half poem and post it to your blog with a link or tag back to this page (Jilly’s November Challenge). If your Challenge poem is a form (sonnet, quadrille, etc.) please state as such and give a quick review of the form or a link to a site that does that for you.
  2. Stop by here and add your Challenge link to our Mr. Linky.
  1. Find other Challenges that you would like to complete.
    Write the 2nd half of their poem and post the entire poem to your blog.              Return here to our Mr. Linky again and post the link to that completed poem.

  You may also want to put a comment on the other person’s original Challenge post     to let them know you have accepted their challenge.

4.  Spread the word. Extend the invitation to your other poet friends to join us. We are creative, friendly and more than a little zany!  Everyone is welcome here!

NOTE:  In order to keep the links for Challenges (your half poem) different from the links for the Completed Poems, I suggest the following:  When posting your Challenge half poem, post the name you would normally use along with the word ‘Challenge’ behind it.  ex: Jilly Challenge.

When posting the link for a Completed Challenge, post your user name & the name of the person whose Challenge you completed.  Ex: Jilly / Colin (if I am completing a challenge put out there by our good friend Colin Lee.)

There is no expiration on our Mr. Linky, so feel free to post new challenges and complete challenges throughout the month.  Complete as many or as few challenges as you feel comfortable with.   Most importantly, have fun & flex your poetic muscles!

RENGA Challenges:  Renga is a Japanese collaborative poem that involves two or more participants. The idea was suggested a couple of months ago by Qbit at The Quantumverse and has been load of fun!  If you choose to kick off a Renga, include the word ‘Renga’ after your name (Qbit – Renga Challenge).  It will be up to you to assign volunteers to work on a Renga Challenge.  I am linking you back to Qbit’s explanation from September on this for guidance.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know through the Comments or Contact me directly.  Cheers!  ~ Jilly

Posted in Poetry


The L passes that row
of depthless windows,
be-lop, be-lop, be-lop

Farther out
the Lake has no ears
She rises up with a hundred-
thousand cold, hard breasts,
slapping against the night’s
dull air.

On Chin Do Island
bats sleeping in the dead
Acacia trees hear the buzz
of a million mosquitoes;
As one great beast
they rise to the falling day
and feed on their souls.

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Posted for Jane Dougherty’s November Yeats Challenge Day 2

“… the dark folk who live in souls

Of passionate men, like bats in the dead trees;” —W.B. Yeats

Hey Everyone!  November Casting Bricks Challenge opens tomorrow!  See you there 🙂  ~ Jilly

Posted in Poetry

Listening For a New Day

Packing the car, the borrowed
thimble-sized camper,
we journeyed each new
July to Ely Lake where anger
was displaced, hacking limbs
for the nightly bonfire
and spreading too-hard
butter on slices of Wonder
Bread, too delicate
for such realities not
to tear.

I followed
the Blue Trail on my purple
Spider bike, pedaling
around the lake
seven, eight times,
hearing the voices
of the pines.


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Posting for Poetic Asides PAD Challenge Day 1