I promised myself to complete Revived Writer’s December Challenge poem during my Christmas Break. Perhaps to convince myself that these days would last forever, I have only just completed her charming magic nine poem on the cusp of Epiphany and of returning to work. Looking back at Christmases gone by, it is the memories that tie them all together. Jenna’s words are in bold.
Family gathers ’round the Christmas tree,
Laden with ornaments and many gifts,
Children lean in close, excitedly,
Wondering what Santa’s workshop brought,
Creating a childhood of normalcy,
Every year, tinsel carefully placed,
Every moment a snapshot in efficacy,
Every smile darts as a chimney swift,
Lasting forever upon sweet snows of memory.
Let the children lamentations sing
For we are by the internet captive taken
Save yourselves, oh virginal generation
For intellectual artifice is your destined heir,
their anodized steel, your veneration;
soft, weak, your flesh shall they bare.
Let the strong youth petitions bring
For our pure reason not be forsaken
Save yourselves, oh mighty youth
For logic will flail in the walls of code,
stand upon the edge of time – see the proof;
chaos will surely be your Spartan abode.
Let grownups extol the joy of books
For it is by writing and reading we live
Save your words, you fading fosters
For it is a pleasure to deny; to burn
lexicons of man the blazing imposter
your poet’s words will die, unlearned.
Let the elders shepherd with staffs and crooks
For it is seeming that to us their wisdom they give
Save your wisdom, oh perishing patriarch
For your children have slain with derision;
lit and celebrated the dying guide’s mark,
cauterized argument flayed with precision.
For Jilly’s December Casting Bricks Collaborative Challenge, this is my completion of Charley’s challenge poem (Life in Portofino). His words are in bold.
What the winds can’t heal
The contrails sever
Flight to Havana, stopover
in Miami – looking for Cuban food
Settled for Vichyssoise
The eyes remind me of you
Your cold fish glance
As you detached from “us”
Missed the boarding call
Took Uber to South Beach
A diet from you – from drama
Low-carb sun worship
Snorting salt – talking to myself
While the crazy people gawk
Took sustenance on the sand
Salad days with little dressing
Sword-swallowing the contrails
Begging the wind to break my ribs
What the land breeze can’t evaporate
a clean cut condenses
“What the winds can’t heal
The contrails sever…”
A Renga Challenge for December Casting Bricks.
A Renga of unstructured couplets for two people comprised of 10 couplets total.
PLEASE SIGN UP IN THE COMMENTS BELOW, and we will work out logistics and kick off the working versions in another post.
Completing Petru’s Challenge poem for December Casting Bricks (collaborative poetry) proved to be an immense delight! A deep fog set in this morning and this little dance ensued. Her words are in bold (half a quadrille) and my 22 follow. The title is in honor of the very fine artist who presented the challenge. Please stop by Petru’s beautiful site and browse around. Anyone who would care to join us at Casting Bricks to Attract Jade is heartily welcome!
Step! Two, three and again
step two! Now – turn around
voice receding –
centrifugal distant tracking
Skip! A beat syncopate
the rhythm — cabriole
the pound, pound, pounding
in your breast –
clasp the dark
Come on down to McCrunchy’s Café
Come on down today!
For breakfast you’ll fare the most –
an ironic side of bacon,
unchallenged eggs over-easy,
even some wry toast –
one jittery cup of coffee; to-go.
Come on down to McCrunchy’s Café
Come on down today!
Posting for dVerse’s Quadrille and this is my half-poem Challenge for the December edition of Casting Bricks to Attract Jade. Everyone is welcome to join in!
Casting Bricks to Attract Jade
Jilly’s December Challenge!
Welcome, again, my Poetic Friends, to another round of Collaborative Poetry; I’m thrilled to have you here! December marks our sixth month of Jilly’s Challenge and I am eagerly looking forward to a new month of Casting Bricks to Attract Jade. Let’s get December going; here’s how it works:
- Write a half poem and post it to your blog with a link or tag back to this page (Jilly’s December 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.
- Stop by here and add your Challenge link to our Mr. Linky.
- 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.
- 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 few 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