Poem A Day: April 1-2

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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

Poem A Day: November 1-3

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As I work my way through the Writer’s Digest 2013 November Poem A Day Chapbook Challenge, I’ll be posting my submissions in groups of two or three. However, I am holding true to the idea of writing a poem each day, rather than playing catch up all the time.  So far, the prompts are forcing me to play with words and ideas in different ways. My poetic muse is definitely feeling the push to try new things.

November 1, 2013
Prompt: Someone or something appearing out of nowhere

November 2, 2013
Prompt: News of the day

November 3
Prompt: The last time I was here . . .

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c.b.w. 2013

Gateway

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Watchful scholars,
cure vacant minds
Hands open wide,
catch empty thoughts
The portal opens,
welcoming all
Leave ignorance
standing outside

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Entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Photo by: c.b.w. 2005

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I hope it can be forgiven that this week’s Sunday Abroad is a day late.

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c.b.w. 2013

Written in Stone

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Temples to prose,
rooted in earth
Lessons preserved,
wisdom stands still
Should we forget,
the words crumble

Forest of Steles, Xi’an China
Photo by: c.b.w. 2005

The Forest of Steles is part of the Xi’an Beilin Museum in China. The museum holds about 3,000 steles, (both inside and outside) with tablets that date back more than a thousand years. These stone steles serve as markers for historical record, works of poetry and calligraphy.

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c.b.w. 2013

A to Z Challenge: Complete!

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The A to Z Challenge definitely kept me busy throughout the month of April! Between writing six posts a week and keeping up with other A to Zers, I spent more time in the blogosphere than anywhere else! All in all it was a great experience and I met some really interesting bloggers.

As I continue on my journey as a writer, I will look upon my A to Z Challenge experience as one that taught me I can write on a deadline without losing my sense of creativity.

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In case you missed one of my challenge posts, here are all twenty-six links to the A to Z Abroad series:

Thanks so much to my readers, old and new alike for stopping by each day. Your comments and likes were an immense source of encouragement to complete the challenge and to continue following my muse.

Congratulations to everyone who completed the challenge. It was no easy feat and you should be proud!

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c.b.w. 2013