In this, my pentultimate prompt for the Garden, I'd like to celebrate that sense of exploration and ask that we all stretch ourselves a bit. No, not yoga (though I do recommend giving that a whirl if you haven't tried it). I'm asking you to break out of your poetic comfort zone and either try a subject or a poetic format you haven't explored too often (or at all). For instance, if you've been working on bite sized poetry bits, try something longer. If you noticed you've been all about love poems lately, try writing about something that makes you angry. Have you mostly been sticking to forms heavy on structure? Try something a little more free form.
Do show your fellow Toads a little love on their poetic explorations and start up a conversation in their comments section. Happy writing!
Hi Rommy and Toads! It's Monday morning and the rain seems to have stopped, although I'm not sure for how long - typical British weather! I have to go out for most of the day and hoped to keep Mojo in, but she escaped when I opened the door for Luna and they both disappeared into the wild garden. I'm hoping Mojo will get hungry or need the litter tray and return before I leave. Cats!
Thank you for this wonderful prompt, Rommy. As it happens, I am trying something relatively new this October, in conjunction with the Inktober fest on Instagram.. that is The American Sentence, Allen Ginsberg's answer to haiku (another form I never write). So in celebration of October, I am sharing my first American sentence of the month - of a planned 31!
I think I have tried so many things so far, and find it hard to identify a hidden nook where I haven't ventured. I might be back later in the week, but need to think about this...
This was hard. I haven't tried many forms, like Bjorn. Mostly because I tend to stick with what I like (and stay far, far, far away from things that don't bring much pleasure). But it's always good to try something new. So, thank you for the prompt!
In the end, my contribution left me full of giggles (all right, they were more like cackles).
LOL, this wasn't easy for me either. But I did manage to mostly make it work. :D
You more than “managed”. Your poem goes in deep.
Good one, Rommy. As I find forms more difficult, I will give one a try!!!!
Thank you for hosting Rommy! :-) I usually do love or nature poems, mostly free verse. This is a piece that was inspired by thr combined Monday prompts of IGWRT and dVerse. It is angry instead of love per IGWRT and a haibun for dVerse.
Just wrote a second poem for IGWRT exclusively. It is quite the opposite of my love poetry, and definitely is breaking out of my comfort zone — way out!
Hey Rommy, thanks for the prompt - stepped out longer than my usual 55.
After having thought about it, I realized writing and posting the piece to which the “cold blooded” link was directed, was a poor decision — so I have taken it down. I embrace life. This was a foolish exercise in writing outside my comfort zone. I apologize to anyone who may have read the piece and been upset.
Since you seemed really uncomfortable about it, I went ahead and removed the link as well, Rob. You can delete the whole post now if you'd like.
Thank you Rommy, I genuinely appreciate that. I wrote and linked the piece without fully considering how I truly felt about it. I embrace life, not violence.
Hi Rommy- I tried writing a shorter poem, which is not my norm. I do write haiku, but not too many short free form poems. Thanks for the prompt!
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