PAD Challenge Day 11

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This post is for Day 10 and 11. I could NOT think of a poem for a deal, or a poem about no deal. I have decided in 2018 that posting every day is just not for me. I am also not one of those people that can churn out a poem every day. They say you should write every day, but I think “they” are people without children or people who can afford a nanny.

The prompt for Day 11 of National Poetry Month was to write a warning poem. I immediately knew what I wanted the subject to be on, but I couldn’t get my errands done and my brain in writing mode until today. So here is day 11’s poem. It is a Rispetto, the kind with 8 lines and 11 syllables in each line, it is not supposed to have end rhymes but they just kind of appeared. What do you think?

 

  The End of Time
your grandma told you when you were a child
it’s a story so old she heard it when she
herself was but a child on her dad’s knee
It’s all over but the shouting, so we wait
for when the angels blow that trumpet and shout
we will all rise up and the dead will come out
Jesus came once and is coming back again
when heaven is built, He will call us all home
    4-12-18

 

 

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PAD Challenge Day 9

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   Battle Tested
I
have
won more
battles than
have been fought in France
and without military aid.

 

 

Sometimes I have so much to say and feel like I need to make my posts shorter, and sometimes I really struggle to write a whole post. Leave me your thoughts on long posts, fresh images and this poem in the comments. This poem is a Fibonacci.

I will try to do the PAD Challenge.

I plan to participate in the PAD challenge this year. I may not get my posts up every day, I might have to make 3 posts in 1 day, but I am going to try to write every day. I might revise a couple of old poems, depending on the prompts. This is held at Writer’s Digest.com. You can share your poems to my comments as well!

To learn more, here is part of this year’s announcement from Robert Lee Brewer, Senior Content Editor, Writer’s Digest Community. To read the whole thing go here.

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What is the April PAD Challenge?

PAD stands for Poem-A-Day, so this is a challenge in which poets write a poem each day of April. Usually, I’ll post a prompt in the morning (Atlanta, Georgia, time), and poets will write a poem in response.

Let’s break some lines together for the 2018 April PAD Challenge. This will be the 11th annual April poem-a-day challenge! 

Some poets share those poems on the blog in the comments; others keep their words to themselves. I don’t require comments on the blog to participate, but it does make it more fun when poets are firing away on the blog. Plus, I’ll try my best to recognize my favorite poems of the month this year by using comments on the blog.

Re-create Your Poetry!  Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an extension of the creation process!

Who can participate?

Anyone who wants to write poetry–whether you’ve been writing all your life or just want to give it a shot now, whether you write free verse or traditional forms, whether you have a certain style or have no clue what you’re doing. The main thing is to poem (and yes, I use poem as a verb).

Here are some more April PAD Challenge guidelines:

  • Poeming begins April 1 and runs through May 1 (to account for time differences in other parts of the world–and yes, poets all over the world participate).
  • The main purpose of the challenge is to write poems, but I also will attempt to highlight my favorite poems of the month from poets who post their poems to each day’s blog posts. Some years this works out better than others.
  • Poem as you wish, but I will delete poems and comments that I feel are hateful. Also, if anyone abuses this rule repeatedly, I will have them banned from the site. So please “make good choices,” as I tell my children.

Day 26 NaHaiWriMo 2018

when you’re sick
homemade soup makes it better
wilting flower

 

Today’s prompt was “homemade soup” which was easy to write for. I have tried to not be so on the nose this year, but today I’m feeling pretty lousy so this was the best that I could do.

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Day 23 NaHaiWriMo 2018

all of the donuts
that I cannot eat this week
pruning season

 

Today’s prompt was “raspberry, orange, pumpkin, lime, coffee, chocolate, or cherry chiffon pie” which I just loved! So much variety and people have done beautiful things with it.

I wish Twitter was more alive on the haiku front. The haiku poets used to find each other and encourage each other on Twitter, but they haven’t been this month, or before then either. Then there were big problems posting to Facebook this year during NaHaiWriMo and not everyone could understand how to work around to post and encourage through comments. Hopefully, next year is better, but a big thank you to everyone who took the time to look through the visitor posts and react to my poems and leave me comments!!

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Day 21 NaHaiWriMo 2018

hot appetizers
the gossip just as hot
girl’s night out

 

Today’s prompt was “appetizers”. I usually do pretty good with food, but I had a hard time writing a haiku for this one. Have you been writing haiku for National Haiku Writing Month?

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Day 16 NaHaiWriMo 2018

food pantry
free food for those in need
bird feeder half full

 

Today’s prompt was “chickadee”. So I wrote about when I usually see birds, which is when my mom’s bird feeders have feed in them. Haiku is supposed to represent a moment in time when you see nature and human nature collide.

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Day 14 NaHaiWriMo 2018

saltwater taffy
pulling me closer to you
honeysuckle vine

 

The prompt for day 14 of National Haiku Writing Month was “pulling taffy”.

It was my birthday so while I wrote poetry, I did not want to spend time making a post. I will be catching up on writing my other 2 posts today as well. I wanted to spend Valentine’s loving on my husband and son, and I did. I also managed to write a love poem which I almost never do! Check out my stories today on Instagram and Facebook to see some photos.

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Day 13 NaHaiWriMo 2018

the quick stop
where I find my stand-bys
well-known watering hole

 
 
Today’s prompt was “little store on the corner” which made me think of the Casey’s General Store. We don’t have bodegas or delis where I’m from. We just have gas stations like Quik Stop or Fast Trip.

Day 11 NaHaiWriMo 2018

cows at the pond
drinking from the same glasses
since childhood

 

Today’s prompt was “Pilsner glasses” but I wrote about regular drinking glasses. Has anyone else went to visit grandpa’s house as an adult and ended up drinking out of a glass that you know you drank out of when you were 3 or so?

Haiku is usually not written in three sentence fragments or one complete sentence. There is usually one fragment and a phrase in the other two lines. The fragment is separated by a kireji, or a cutting word. The word should be so strong that the reader takes a mental pause as they are reading your haiku. Some people call this point in the haiku “the twist” as this is where the two pieces of the poem come together. Boring and unspecific haiku is called gendai.

Haiku does not use metaphor, personification, simile, or many other poetic devices found in other forms of poetry. The poem is about the essence of a moment, and the moment should be so poignant that it does not need personification. Do not write a haiku that is only about how the rose in your garden is pretty. This is referred to as “garden haiku” because it is bland and boring, and there are far too many of them out there. Your haiku should contain something specific about the moment that you are writing about.

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Day 10 NaHaiWriMo

sorting cotton shirts
finding out which ones still fit
the snake sheds its skin

 

The prompt for today was “Indian cotton shirts”. Did you write anything? Share it in a comment below.

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Day 9 NaHaiWriMo 2018

ordering milk
with my date night meal
chili pepper night

 

Today’s prompt was “beating the heat” and I wanted to write about something other than the weather.

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