Last year I found and accepted a challenge: to write a poem a day in April in honor of National Poetry Month. My professional reading includes Writer’s Digest and I believe I found out about the challenge that way. This is my second year of participating and the great part is that the challenge is very open-ended. Each day, a poetry “prompt” (suggestion) is posted on www.poeticasides.com. Then I write. You can, too. Want to join me?
Last year I made sure to post my poem each day on the website. It was exhilirating because people from all over the world participated simulateously. This year, I’m keeping one long Word document with my April poems inside. During the course of the month, I will be sharing several with you. Not all of them, but some.
Here’s an example: the prompt was to write a water poem.
This was my result:
the smell of chlorine at our city pool.
Summer days full of splashy times with friends.
Marco Polo. Chicken Fights. And mandatory rest periods.
Fifteen excruciating minutes each hour.
The double-whistle signal from on high.
It meant to stop having fun.
Sit on the sides of the pool, feet dangling downward
While the refreshing tub of fun cooed and teased us…
“Well, you’re almost half way in…”
That clean bleachy smell still meant summer days filled with splashy times and friends
instead of cleaning that needs to be done over and over and over again.
someone to blow a whistle and say, “STOP! REST!”
Come prop up your feet and enjoy the magazine that arrived 4 months ago.
Look at it as reading ahead to be prepared
Instead of catching up because the truth is…
You can never recapture time passed.
– Cheryl B. Lemine
Just wondering: Have you ever written a poem? Do you have a favorite poem? If so, please post!