Tag Archive: inspiration


Poem A Day Challenge: April 7-8

I hope you’re digging National Poetry Month as I’ll be posting quite a bit of poetry this week. Thanks to the April Poem A Day Challenge, I have several poems backlogged that are ready to be seen beyond the comment section of Poetic Asides.

April 7, 2014
Prompt: Write a self-portrait poem.

A fashion moron,
addicted to jeans
Knitting is my thing,
but forget crochet
Grew up as a nerd,
proudly still called one
From comic book stacks
to Twihard status
A dork to the core,
you’ll never change me
Nose stuck in a book,
classics and mainstream
Pages turn each night,
a cat sleeps on my lap
Never a mother,
except for furkids
Teenagers, I teach
they’ll never scare me
When they learn, I smile,
my day is worthwhile
After a good run,
I search for my muse
She keeps my words safe,
while I find a pen

Inspiration: Me. Every word is true.

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April 8, 2014
Prompt: Two for Tuesday – Write a violence and/or peace poem.

Pastel petals,
innocent face
Elegant curves,
long and slender
The siren calls,
baiting the trap

Thorns lay hidden,
ready to strike
Bloodthirsty fangs,
aching to bite
To eat her fill,
Venus must lie

Inspiration: My first thought was a Venus Flytrap, so I ran with it!  Such a pretty little plant, but also quite deadly to those that fall for the trap. What a perfect incarnate of the prompt!

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Venus Flytrap Photo: Wikipedia Commons

 

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Happy poeming!

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c.b.w. 2014

Poem A Day Challenge: April 5-6

It’s been twelve days and I’m still going strong in the April Poem A Day Challenge. Even though I’m behind in posting poems here, I am right on schedule for the challenge. So far, I’m loving the prompts and how they are challenging me to try new things. In many ways, it’s nice to break out of my usual mode of using photographs and nature to kickstart my muse.

April 5, 2014
Prompt: Write a discovery poem.

I have no faith,
or golden egg
These bloodshot eyes,
burn with regret
My heavy head,
hangs low and dead

There are no steps,
just worn out shoes
The doing years,
are empty time
My hollow clock
has twisted arms

Through rusted gears,
comes a faint sound
Listen closer,
footsteps echo
A lifted gaze,
a brighter view

Inspiration: I have no idea. This is one of those poems that just “fell out” of my head. The words were simply there and I wish I knew how they came together.

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April 6, 2014
Prompt: Write a night poem.

When light fades,
blue cascades
Life flickers,
candles melt
Silence falls,
sleepy town

Souls take flight,
starry night
Swirls of gold,
spark with fire
Fireworks flare,
muted roar

Inspiration: That day I was doing research on Van Gogh’s The Starry Night in preparation for a lesson plan. In my reading I learned he was inspired by the popular belief of the time that after someone died their soul took residence in the stars. Van Gogh’s quote, “If we take the train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to reach a star,” resonated in my head all day and turned into a poem.

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How goes your poeming this month?

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c.b.w. 2014

Poem A Day Challenge: April 3-4

In the continuing celebration of the  April Poem A Day Challenge and National Poetry Month here’s another round of daily poetry:

April 3, 2014
Prompt: Write a message poem.

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Please come quick,
distressed ship

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Iceberg hit,
damaged hull

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Please come quick,
distressed ship

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Lifeboats full,
not enough

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Please come quick,
distressed ship

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Sinking fast,
out of time

Tap. Tap. Tap.

CQD!

CQD!

Anyone?

Tap. Ta …

Inspiration: Titanic (with DiCaprio and Winslet) was on TV and I actually watched it even though I have the movie on DVD. The music played in my head for days, so I had no choice but to write a poem about the ill-fated ocean liner.

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RMS Titanic, 1912

 

April 4, 2014
Prompt: Since _______. Fill in the blank and make this phrase your title. Then write a poem.

Since 2000

Two towers crashed down
and started a war
Money bubbles popped,
all innocence lost
Computers are flat
and don’t need a desk
Books lost their pages
to downloads and screens
VCRs retired
and took tapes with them
Lockdowns in airports,
GPS in cars
The art of travel
has lost its compass
Smartphones invaded
and killed the payphone
Buttons lost the fight
to touchscreen icons
The virtual world
replaces the real
Too busy too care
or even look up
When the lights go out,
can we face the dark?

Inspiration: I often marvel at how much has changed over the last decade or so. Almost daily, my students are in awe that I didn’t have a cell phone when I was in high school (I had a pager) and that phones didn’t have cameras.

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How goes your poetry month?

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c.b.w. 2014

Poem A Day: April 1-2

Between the April Poem A Day Challenge and National Poetry Month, it’s only fitting that poetry takes the spotlight! As I work my way through the challenge, I’ll be posting my entries along with what inspired me aside from the prompt.

April 1, 2014
Prompt: Two for Tuesday, write a poem of beginnings and/or endings.

Kissed by wings,
taking flight
Feathered drop,
seasoned ground
Drink the sun,
touch the rain
Down they dig,
rooted deep
Life begins,
veins unfurled
Reaching up,
leafy limbs
Nesting buds,
blushing blooms
Wilted green,
withered stalk
Shorter days,
longer moons
Darkness dreams
of gold wings

Inspiration: The seeds I had planted the week before were just starting to sprout. The morning of April 1st, I saw the first green leaves poking through the ground. Writing about the cycle of life just seemed fitting after a morning a new beginnings.

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April 2, 2014
Prompt: Write a voyage poem.

From the shore,
to the sea
to the stars
Always searching,
seeking our place

Worn through boots,
sails raised high
starlit skies
Still we venture,
wander and roam

Inspiration: I was still thinking about the last episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The episode discussed the concept of black holes, gravity, and the speed of light.  It made me think about the history of human discovery and how far we’ve come, yet how far we have to go.

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If you are participating in the PAD Challenge or celebrating National Poetry Month on your blog, please leave the link in the comments so we can all stop by and see your wordsmithing!

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c.b.w. 2014

Both of my previous posts this week were free writes. There’s something pretty special about starting with a blank screen and ending up with a piece of writing. The randomness is probably what I love best as its like a little window into my muse’s world. I guess we never know what’s hiding inside of our minds unless we provide an open door from which the words can flow.

I find I am most inspired by images. I suppose this is why so much of my poetry and free verse lines are accompanied by photographs. Sometimes I wonder if I’d be writing poetry if I didn’t have my camera with me all the time! Between pictures taken at home and those taken while traveling, I’m always inspired and amazed by the world around me.

When I’m working on larger projects like a novel, I usually start my writing session with a free write to get my muse juices flowing. It’s almost like the words in my heads need to stretch just like my muscles before I go for a run.

Recently, as work continues to be busy and I feel like I’m being pulled in too many directions, I find solace in the free write. Every evening I look forward to my few minutes to just be still and find the story or creative expression hiding inside of me. It’s often surprising how the words come together – some pieces of joyful, while others are dark and gritty. Perhaps we really are made up of a million different pieces in all different shapes and shades.

After a very stressful week, I can honestly say free writes are my favorite thing this week. They remind me what matters and what really doesn’t in the wide, wide world around me.

Give it a try. Here’s an image to get you started:

Photo by: c.b.w. 

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014

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