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Poetic Responses – I’ve Been Prompted #8

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I asked everyone to write for a list of ten words a while ago and wow – many people jumped right in!  I shout out a sincere thank you for everyone who did respond.  It truly thrilled my heart (and made me feel a bit guilty because I had not yet started mine 🙂

 

For anyone that is interested – there are no deadlines for these prompts (but people would most likely see it soon after I make my post).  I will share a link to your post on my blog (both at the initial request and in this post).

 

Some final thoughts – this challenge is to use as many words as you can.  You do not have to use all of them.  What is important is that you use the worlds to take your imagination somewhere.  While I do write poetry about the seasons and nature often – I feel that this poem’s wording was highly influenced by the words I had to work with, so I am completely happy with the result.

 

Here is the list, in case you have missed it:

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And last (but not least) here is my response to the prompt list – I was able to manage all of the words this time.

 

 

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I Believe in Me

 

My common stance

In life

Is to remain giddy

To spread my arms wide

And soar.

It matters not,

If my skyline sometimes

Is a walled-in prison

Where white-washed patterns

Dance in the shadows

Nor that the windows seem blocked

With crackling newspaper

Yellowed with age

I still manage

To see the sunshine

Beyond all the traces of gray

And the disheartening sound

Of voices hoping

To punish my unusual ways.

Through the years,

I have learned to shave

Buying significance

With broken promises.

I have learned

To no longer shyly seek

The proper pose

To this photographic fairy tale

Where the photographer poses

His blind eye behind the camera

And therein settles

The addition of self-doubt.

I have finally learned

The value of my voice

Of heartfelt longing

Of daring to race against the wind

While the opposing voices

Wail in delight

Do not go –

Do not try –

Do not…

But their voices

Pop disjointedly

And the voices

That I carry in my heart

Trot with boundless energy

Their baseless arguments

Fall on deaf ears

I shall yet go –

I shall yet try –

I shall…

And there ends the argument.

 

© Sumyanna 2016

 

Beautiful earth image courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

I hope to post a new prompt some time this week 🙂

 

Writing at it’s best:  Other Writers Take on the Prompt

Excellent write by Leigha Robbins: In a Different League

Wonderful prose piece by The Pissy Poet: The Mock ECG

Wonderful prose piece, by Serendipitous Web Life: Gonna Wanna Dance

Amazing poem by november child: Sizzling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are You Up for the Challenge? I’ve Been Prompted #8

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I’m going to try something new this week and only post the prompt.  This way, I give myself a week to respond and find how to weave the words into a poem.  Sometimes this process is quick and other times, it takes a while.

Why do I do this challenge?

First of all, I have to say I do this for me.  I usually do this type of prompt from time to time to stretch my writing skills.  To write about yourself or your feelings (in my opinion only) is easy.  To give life to a poem that contains none of that take a bit more practice.  However, I have found that even my own “feeling” poems, when I write them – benefit from this practice greatly.

The interesting thing is, writing for a set of words changes the stage.  You no longer have to come up with an idea, but you have to take an idea that is already there and perhaps even those ideas are not cohesive and give it life.  In the end, I find it a challenge and a fun one at that.  So while I post these and ask for participation, I am not going to stop doing this any time soon.  If people want to join in – that’s great, but this exercise is also for me and I hope that sharing what I come up with helps you see how this process works.  Perhaps you will find yourself longing to do the same.

What is the challenge?

Write a poem, prose piece, or short story (really anything you like – even art would be awesome) using the ten words posted below.  Allow the words to guide you and try to find a common theme or story that you can wind around them.  It is really a wonderful practice.  You do not have to use all 10 words, but try to use at least 3.  If you find a word like “dance” does not work, but “danced” does, by all means – be flexible with yourself.  This is all about learning to be creative 🙂

Should you share in this challenge, you will be amazed at how different our voices, our viewpoints, and our journey will be.  To me, that is the most fascinating part of this.  I have even taken words at times and written another poem later and the poem takes on a different life than the one I had previously written.

Want to join in?

If you decide to join in, by all means share.  Leave a link to your page in the comments and if you do write – try to leave a link on your page here, so others may join in.  If you choose not to join in, I promise not to hold it against you 🙂  This is just “my thing” well, I guess it would be more accurate to say “one of my things” and I appreciate you putting up with the quirkiness that is me.

Here are the words:

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I will post my poem later in the week (I hope) unless I get too busy, but it will be soon!

Writing at it’s best:  Other Writers Take on the Prompt

Excellent write by Leigha Robbins: In a Different League

Wonderful prose piece by The Pissy Poet: The Mock ECG

Wonderful prose piece, by Serendipitous Web Life: Gonna Wanna Dance

Amazing poem by november child: Sizzling

 

Posted in 10 Random Words, Daily Post Prompt, I've Been Prompted, Nature Poems, Poetry

Poetic Responses – I’ve Been Prompted #7

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I asked everyone to write for a list of ten words a while ago and didn’t hear anything, but I thought I’d share that yes, I have finally written again for the prompt.  It took me a while longer.  One of the things I worry about is being affected by the mindset I had when I wrote the first poem.  I thought if I gave myself enough time, the poem would turn into something different (and I believe it has).  I was only able to make 9 words work for this poem.  To me – elite could have been used in some way, but I did not want to change the mood or message of the poem.

 

Remember what I said though – the challenge is to use as many words as you can.  You do not have to use all of them.  What is important is that you use the worlds to take your imagination somewhere.  While I do write poetry about the seasons and nature often – I feel that this poem’s wording was highly influenced by the words I had to work with, so I am completely happy with the result.

 

Here is the list, in case you have missed it:

 

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Biding Our Time

 

The somber mood of winter

Rushes in with the cold

The winds whip and whirl

Across the landscape.

Leaves take flight

Get caught on branches

Trapped on twisted metal fences

And lay scattered

On yellowed grasses

That soon will be full of snow.

The vast swaths of sky

Fool the heart

From time to time

Where small, intermittent patches

Of blue appear

Hanging gayfully

Among the grey.

Is this the promise

Of much needed warmth?

A sunny day

Betwixt the long, cold days

Of winter?

Will the forgotten geese

No longer take flight

But nestle nearby?

Shall we

Unfasten our jackets

Hide our mittens

And stroll the parks

Hand in hand

Reminiscent of the days

When leaves swayed gently

In the autumn breeze?

Now, the trees

Lay naked and barren

Aching wooden appendages

Reaching toward the sky

And things once hidden from view

Seem stark and cold in return

There is an emptiness here

We can feel it in our bones

We can see it in

The swathes of grey

That streak across the skyline

And settles somewhere

Within our hearts.

The promise of sunshine

Is temporarily pushed aside

And we tie the knot

Of our fortitude

Biding our time

Because the seasons

Have taught us

To always believe

The birth

Of a brand new day

Shall arise

And bring along with it

Sunshine.

 

© Sumyanna 2016

 

Here is a link to the other poem I originally posted for this prompt.

 

If you still want to write for the prompt, please do so.  If I get any takers I will add the links to their blog post here.

 

Thank you for joining in Isabel Caves.  I truly enjoyed your prose piece.  It kept me in suspense 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Poetry, Poetry Prompt Writing, Word of the Day Poetry

Finding Meaning in Words: euneirophrenia

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Another prompt – this time a word I have never seen before.  Not so easy it rolls off the tongue, but I am happy with the poem I wrote for it.  Who knew words could be so fun?  I will try to do these from time to time (just to keep things interesting) 🙂

 

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The World is Calling Me Back From My Dreams

Euneirophrenia whispers
In the heart of morning
Where shadows play upon the grass
And trickles of light dance upon the sidewalk
I close my eyes and I –
Am bathed its beauty, gathered in its warmth
I can hear the sounds or morning merriment
Children in the fields, at play
Dancing among the wildflowers
The tall growing grasses
That hover over their shadows
Birds, high up in the trees
Sing to me as I dream
I am awake – yet asleep
And the moment intoxicates my spirit
I hesitate between breaths
Yearning to tarry longer,
But I know that I must leave
For the world is calling me back from my dreams.

© Sumyanna 2016

 

Posted in I've Been Prompted, Inspirational Poems, Poetry, Poetry Prompt Writing, Thoughtful Poems

Are You Up for the Challenge? I’ve Been Prompted #7

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For those who already know me – I am a sucker for writing prompts.  It matters not if it is a one word prompt, a word list or an image.  I am always trying to find ways to expand my writing and especially my point of view.  Because of this, I usually ask myself to write a poem based on a list of ten words.  I choose them randomly and try to see where the story unfolds.  The curious thing about this exercise is that the poems take on a life of their own.  Where I would normally write from my own perspective – the words always have a mind of their own.  I like this because it causes my writing to grow.

 

Well, enough about me 🙂  I have been posting the word lists here, in case anyone is interested in doing them as well.  If you choose to do the challenge – please add a link to your poem, essay, story, etc. in the comments.  I would love to see what you come up with and I think you will be surprised too.  Next week I will try to post another poem based on this prompt – but I always like to share at least my first attempt here so you can see how I did the challenge.  The “rules” (I’m not that much of a stickler) are posted in the image.

 

You don’t have to feel you have to use all the words, and if you notice this time, I changed one of them slightly to fit the poem 🙂  I hope you enjoy!

 

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Sing the Song of Possibility

 

Let me unfasten

The struggles

Hanging

From your shoulders

For I understand

The weight you carry

And hang not

Your head,

In shame –

For dreams

Are not only tools

Of the elite.

Let us dream like fools

And pray for flight

For only then –

Will our beauty appear,

Breeze sheltering

Our upturned wings

As our heads

Rest upon the clouds

And we move

In new purpose

Certain in our step.

May we never

Falter in our promise

To believe in our beauty

The knot of uncertainty

Has been torn.

Throw upon the winds

Our somber mood

And let the song of possibility

Fill our lungs

For only then,

Shall we be nearer

To our dreams.

 

© Sumyanna 2016

Posted in I've Been Prompted, Poetry, Poetry Prompt Writing, Thoughtful Poems, Uncategorized

Are You Up for the Challenge? I’ve Been Prompted #6

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I actually used to do this often – once a week at least.  However, recently the fever has died down and I think I want to revive it 🙂  What are they, you ask?  Prompts – plain and simple, writing prompted by a  list of 10 words.  I usually just do these myself, but when I offer others in on the fun – they really enjoy it.

 

Here are the rules.  I am going to give you ten words:

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Feel free to write a poem, a short story, or prose piece for this prompt and let me know.  I will share your link here.  At a minimum, try to include at least 3 of the words.  The more you use, the more the words guide you poem in a different direction than you would normally go.  Let go of your comfort zone and let the words tell a story!

 

I think the best thing about these prompts is that when others do them – you see how our different our point of view, our experiences, and who we are, shines through our poems.  Each poem written is different than the rest and therein lies the beauty!  So get out your trusty pen and see what you can make of these words.  The following is a poem I wrote when I first challenged myself with this prompt.  I will also try to write again for the prompt and see where the words take me!

 

She Believed in Me

Grandma’s voice
Could be heard
From the kitchen,
Sugar, come here”
And I ran toward her
Full force
Seeking the warmth
Of her arms
I hop into her lap
With youthful endurance
She winces, but smiles
That voiceless recognition
That growing old is never easy
And I did not understand.
Time has stolen
Much of my time with her
She died when I was young
But I remember our conversations
I remember the way
She held my gaze
Took me in
And encouraged my gifts
With loving hands
And patient heart
She is here –
Now,
Always
Her overt acceptance
Of everything me
Has held me together
Held me in
And allowed me to grow
Beyond the box
I would have been put in.
This,
For some
Would seem
A pricey gesture
For the time it takes
To be sincere
Goes against the grain
Of what most folk
Find acceptable
It is not that others
Do not enjoy the company
Of children
But they often
Don’t have time
To join them in their dreams.

© Sumyanna 2016

 

Seema, one of my great online friends and writers has taken up the challenge.  Please check out her work on her blog: Life’s Hues

 

Another amazing write for the prompt by Senendipitous Web Life.  What an enjoyable read!

 

What an amazing read!  Excellent poem by Milka Akinloye.  Thank you!

Posted in Daily Post Prompt, Nature Poems, Poetry, Word Prompt

The Value of Silence, A Poem

There is beauty in silence

The soft hum of fan overhead

And warmth of sun’s rays

Filtered through the curtains

Slightly parted

On a warm summers day.

Laughs and giggles

Break the silence

No, they enhance its beauty

And from the other room

The faint sound of cartoon characters

In endless chase

For the simple sake of hilarity.

The sounds of song birds

Soon join in

Their sweet melodic speech

Sings to me

In words I do not know

But my heart knows their language.

Sweet and soft and pure

They call to me

And I respond.

Slowly, I rise

And open up the window

In hopes to not startle

Nature’s routine

I glide it slowly, gently

And take it all in.

In the midst

Of a warm summer’s day

I learn the value of silence.

I listen and I hear everything

In every spoken word

And every little noise

I find value and meaning.

There is beauty in silence.

 

© Sumyanna 2015

 

Submitted for The Daily Post Prompt: value

 

Posted in Daily Post Prompt, Nature Poems, Poetry, Poetry Prompt Writing, Word Prompt

Graceful Birds and a Brontide Chorus, A Poem

Morning songbirds
Shuffled along the fences
Flying gracefully
from limb to limb of leaning trees
Stealing seeds from the feeder
While squirrels run in circles
Beneath the trees
Searching for seeds
The birds had scattered
A forgotten crumb
They’d steal then chase
Clawing at the bark of trees
You could hear them scatter
Only to return and chase again.
By noontime, the sound had ceased
The grass had cleared
The feeder empty
There was a stillness
Before the storm.
In the distance
You could spy flashes of light
Across the sky
Dark clouds hung low
And you could hear
the brontide chorus
quickly descending upon us
you could feel the chill
of cool rain splash against your cheek
and for a moment, you stand still
wafting in the scent of fresh rain
dazzling in the beautiful display
of nature’s might and beauty
but then you rush indoors
and watch the rain
behind the safety
of windowpane.

© Sumyanna 2016

Written for the word prompt “brontide” which means the low rumble of distant thunder.

 

Submitted for The Daily Prompt: graceful

Beautiful image courtesy of Morguefile (fanndango)

 

 

Posted in Daily Post Prompt, Inspirational Poems, Poetry, Thoughtful Poems, Word Prompt

Daily Post Prompt: Life is a Test, A Poem

 

Life

is a test,

and some of us

struggle to breathe

beneath the weight

of life’s dreams

unfulfilled

and others –

beneath

the layers

of expectation

Am I enough?

Am I enough?

Am I . . .

enough –

and we often forget,

that life

is about living.

it is not the attainment

of perfection

painting ourselves

in the proper hue

followed by the spotlight.

It is the savoring

of every moment –

no matter how small.

It is in the recognition

of growth

and a witness

to the beauty

of imperfection.

It is in the slow strive

toward improvement

and the meaningful stretch

toward our hopes and dreams.

 

© Sumyanna 2016

 

Gorgeous image courtesy of Morguefile (lisasolonynko)

Written for The Daily Post Prompt: test