PAD Challenge Day 27

timber,small grove of trees,trees in fall,leafless trees,walnut tree,

These are walnuts trees, just play along!

the forest in spring
a sapling and an oak tree
grow together
their many branches touching
supporting wild honeysuckle




So I managed to write two more poems for the PAD Challenge (click on the next arrow above to see the last one). Just so you know, I will NEVER do this again! I understand now why I haven’t made this a yearly thing. My life is slow in February so I can write every day for NaHaiWriMo. But April is my prep month for everything that happens in May, and Easter, plus 3 very important birthdays all in the same week. I will never attempt this challenge again, so please look back through the PAD Challenge posts and enjoy them. I may try to make my own Write Every Weekday Challenge in June or something. We will see how the beginning of the summer shakes out. I know there were others who said April is a bad month for them, we shall see. Comment below  and tell me if you would like to try a challenge and what month you would want to try it in.


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Baboon Lessons

to be brave enough
to bite a crocodile
baboon lessons


I hope you all have a great week with no biting needed, but if there is, be as brave as the crazy mommy baboon I saw on tv! A croc came for her baby and she fought back and saved her infant. Be strong mommas!


PAD Challenge Day 26

  The Drugs Don’t Work
I took the pills
but it didn’t cure my ills
life gave me chills 
one too many thrills
your love for me spills
over and I can climb the hills
it may not pay the bills
but your love cured my ills
  April 26, 2018
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I skipped Day 25, I just was not feeling the prompt and wanted to write. This is a monorhyme poem. The end word must rhyme in every line. Once again, my love poems are not like everyone else’s. But I love my husband and I am very thankful for him. The prompt was to write about some kind of relationship.

PAD Challenge Day 24

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    Giving In
The thought
  E X P A N D S
Inside of mE
  like a  h o l l o w  point bullet
the fortitude
       from my flesh.
dissolves like paper iN tHe RaIn.
Any hope for me
April 26, 2018
This is shape poetry. The prompt was to write an anti-form poem. I hope this counts. The first half of this is a line that I have been trying to use for over 2 years now. Tell me what you think, I would really like some feedback on this one!

PAD Challenge Day 23

  Crossing the Line
there are some lines our minds can’t handle crossing
some borders need high fences to keep us out
it’s natural to wander like the tiger
but you may need both claw and tooth to get out
when you cross into the wrong territory
knowing where the traps are is vital but when
you’re crossing into unknown territory
it is all guesswork and hypotheses now 


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The prompt was to write about an action. I had written the first line in a comment on a news story that was very messed up and decided to write about crossing lines today. This is a Rispetto poem, I am really liking this form.

What do you think? Leave me a like and a comment so I know you were here!


PAD Challenge Day 22

you expect to find
cacti in the dry desert
not on the prairie
and yet here they are growing
because you grow where you’re planted
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The prompt was to write about a plant. Haiku don’t have titles, as many of you who have read that post know, so I wrote a tanka.


PAD Challenge Day 21

    In the Water
I stepped in before I realized that this is
the black water of a swamp, not the brown of river water.
I agreed to cross a gentle river but this is
the black water of a swamp, not the brown of river water.
The mud sucks and pulls at me here in 
the black water of a swamp, not the brown of river water.
the stench of death is in the air as I slosh through
the black water of a swamp, not the brown of river water.
I hoped for green or blue water, I can’t believe I got
the black water of a swamp, not the brown of river water.
I can’t believe I wondered so far from home to
the black water of a swamp, not the brown of river water.
They say the alligator hides better in 
the black water of a swamp, not the brown of river water.
I’m already wet, there’s no going back, I’m in
the black water of a swamp, not the brown of river water.




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So I felt inspired today and wrote poetry for the other days of the PAD Challenge. What did you write today? Don’t be shy! Share in the comments!
This is a chant poem. The prompt from Robert Lee Brewer was to write a danger poem.

PAD Challenge Day 20

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  The Minute I Stop…
rose that won’t bloom,
but heart that won’t stop,
I can’t stop
stop can’t I
stop won’t that heart,
but, bloom won’t that rose?


This is a palindrome or mirror poem. Click on the tags to seem similar poems, or look at the suggestions under this post. The prompt was to take a line from another poem written for this challenge and start another poem with that line. See the haiku I took the first line from HERE.

I fell behind. I just can’t write every day. I definitely can’t blog 5 days a week. I will never understand the people that do. I also don’t understand forcing yourself to do it.

Basho Burst Thursday


spring winds

hoping the flowers burst

out in laughter


It is so interesting to see that poets and writers who lived centuries before I did felt the same way about things. I take this poem as he is waiting to see the bright flowers of spring. Spring is my favorite season. If you followed along when I posted Emily Dickinson’s poetry you will know that I love her because I loved the way she looked at things.

Also – I have owned this book for around 4 years but I haven’t posted his poetry because as I said in the last Emily Dickinson post that I made it is time-consuming to post another poet’s work because you have to be sure to attach the proper tags and to triple check that you got the wording right. Since Basho’s poetry is short, he is an easy poet to share. It took me over a year to share Dickinson’s poems. It won’t take me that long to share Basho, but do follow me by email if you have never read them (so that you don’t miss any). He is revered for a reason!

daisy weeds


PAD Challenge Day 19

  Loose Thread


don’t pull that
leave it be
it is fine


pulling on
loose threads will
reveal all


and we are
without flaws
stop pulling


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So I fell behind and catching up is going to be hard, but I am going to try. After I eat some lunch I will try to post my other poems. Sorry I missed posting a haiku yesterday – I did post a tanka today. Go to the Home page, or the Tanka category to see it.

PAD Challenge Day 18

moon through the clouds,foggy,seeing the moon through the trees,

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Inner Battle
the temptation to quit is always
there nagging at us, telling us
that we don’t really need to
stop this deadly habit
of over-eating
we don’t need to 
just give

Today’s prompt was to write about temptation. As you know, I do not like writing exactly what I know everyone else is going to write for a prompt. So I choose not to write about what normally comes to mind when one hears the word “temptation” and instead wrote about the kind of temptation that we give into all too often. Overeating and not exercising. This poem is a nonet. Have you been writing poetry this month?

PAD Challenge Day 17

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rose blooming,rose bud unfolding,red rose bloom,

Today we are supposed to write either a love poem or an anti-love poem. Anti-love is what I do all of the time so I thought it would be a real challenge if I wrote a love poem. But I decided to do both! I wrote an anti-love poem to get it out of my system, and then I wrote another love poem for my husband. Here are a haiku and a mirror poem, more correctly called a palindrome. It can be a tough form to write for but I wrote this one in five minutes. What do you think?

roses that won’t bloom
there was water, soil, and sunlight
but nothing grew

The rules for writing a palindrome are: 1. You must use the same words in the first half of the poem as the second half, but 2. reverse the order for the second half, and 3. use a word in the middle as a bridge from the first half to the second half of the poem.

  My Love
mine love
like red rose
it for you, bloomed
no wondering or wandering
wandering or wondering, no
bloomed, you for it
rose red, like love