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
This is Day 27 of November and while I have not met my goal to post each day, I have been writing and editing each day. A tip of the hat to my ‘editors’ who patiently worked through this one with me. Any weakness in this poem is solely the fault of this writer. 🙂
In the evenings we sit on the back porch and listen to the semis carrying Christmas toys that will be trundled into a closet and buried beneath that one unmatched sock and a torn Pink Floyd T-shirt that was cool last year.
We hear the Puerto Rican street racers in their matchbox Civics winding out gears always shifting and dying too soon, too soon
We watch planes on their wide circling loops of approach; gorged stars that twinkle red, white, red, white — no jazz in their rhythm at all.
We see the orange glow of the city a dreamsicle sky that never melts, only keeps the constellations behind Cassiopeia hidden in the haze.
And we think about Sandburg’s house in North Carolina, the sweep of the long grass away from the porch, into that silent hollow, where small white wildflowers clot the land and one early cricket bleats, bleats, bleats from under a dogwood tree.