Five days have slipped by since the November edition of Casting Bricks to Attract Jade rolled out and I am finally managing to slow down enough to put a Challenge Poem out for anyone who would care to give it a whirl. I was discussing clichés with my students recently and that sparked this challenge poem. There is no form, so do as you will, my fellow poets! Full details about Casting Bricks are here or click on my perma-link on the side bar.
It’s never about birds in poetry; it is about our inadequate, marrow-filled bones that weigh us down reminding us of the immediacy of the dust.
I hold the needle, paused above my vein
pump a fist to watch it rise and bulge like
hungry goldfish lip-quivering for a grain
of tetra flake craving; a perma-blight.
What night-terror stands naked in the hail
leaves me gill-gasping, ravening for you
a gritty fix for this rapacious frail
Here is my Half-Poem Challange for the October Edition of Casting Bricks to Attract Jade. It is in sonnet form and I have written the first 7 lines, leaving it open for collaborative completion of the last 7 lines. The English Sonnet is 14 lines in 3 quatrains and a couplet, holding a rhyme scheme of abab / cdcd / efef / gg. Good luck and happy writing, my friends! ~ Cheers, Jilly 🙂
Jilly’s October Challenge is open to all poets; please join us!
Casting Bricks, the August Challenge opened a few hours ago and this is my Half-Poem Challenge. Anyone is welcome to take the challenge of completing my poem and reposting the collaborative final product. Please do write a half-poem challenge of your own and post a link through the Mr. Linky on the Jilly’s August Challenge page! The more the merrier, y’all!
My Challenge Poem is a Bop. The basics are 3 stanzas with 6 lines, 8 lines, and 6 lines, with a refrain line repeated after each stanza. There are no meterical or rhyme scheme requirements for this form. I have written the first stanza, the refrain line, “Forgotten better days and a badly written play” and the first two lines of stanza two. You task is the complete the second stanza, add my refrain after it and then write the third stanza. The development of the poem is to present a problem in stanza #1, expand or explore it in stanza #2, and then either resolve or reveal a failed attempt as resolution in the last stanza. Good luck and happy poeming! ~Jilly
FORGOTTEN BETTER DAYS ( a Bop)
Smoke gathers round the rim of my coffee cup remnants of the skirmish in my untouched bowl of cereal your suitcase sits by the door, the new leather one not the weary worn green canvas with tags from our trip to Paris last summer leaving me with a million
Forgotten better days and a badly written play
Blurred words seep through the wall you on the phone with some unknown
Welcome My Poetic Friends! The NEW Casting Bricks Challenge is now open for the month of August. I am so excited about a new round of collaborative poetry. The July Challenge was a huge success, we had a great deal of fun, connected with other poets, and were stretched in our writing skills. Based on the feedback and interest expressed, we are here again for a new set of poems. Here is how it works:
Write a half poem and post it to your blog with a link or tag back to this page (Jilly’s August 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 a crazy, friendly bunch, after all!
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.)
Questions? Suggestions? Just drop it into the Comments on this page and I’ll do my best to address it.
There is no expiration on our Mr. Linky, so feel free to post new challenges and completed challenges throughout the month. Feel free to complete as many or as few challenges as you feel comfortable with. Most importantly, have fun & flex your poetic muscles! Cheers! ~ Jilly