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Poetry Word Prompt #1

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  • Raku
    Mine might be a bit rough cause it's an early draft, but let me know what you think.

    Yearly Zen

    Here we are, it's that time of year once again
    Where we put all our troubles behind, and enter a zen
    We can walk, or read the paper without care
    Maybe relax in a park and notice a calm in the air

    Lay down by the foot of a willow tree
    Imagine resting with a cute little monkey
    You two can listen to the whispers of the wind
    and wait for the day light to become dimmed

    Look up through the branches and see the moon up in they sky
    A bright sphere of white so small to the eye, and up very high
    In a sky not quit dark, casting a scene so colorful
    But is cut short when you hear a distant rumble

    Through the edges of the trees you see a flash of light
    Heavy rain will come soon, and that's alright
    You and your monkey friend smile at each other
    For once again this time of year is summer

    Also sorry for the usage of monkey. I'm currently working on a "Year of the Monkey" book so if I can polish this poem up, and (possibly) include this in there. That would be great =)
    Last edited by Raku; 05-25-2016, 05:47 PM.

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  • Smee
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    Thanks for the encouragement RhymeLovingWriter. I fancied a challenge and quite enjoyed the discipline of this idea,; it's a great thing to do when the dreaded 'writer's block' strikes.

  • RhymeLovingWriter
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    This is lovely Tashi. Serene and holding such promise for a new day!

  • RhymeLovingWriter
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    Reads as magical Smee!

  • Tashi
    Once upon a summer
    I notice the park's serenity
    under the moon's silver glow.
    I can only make out the edges and water's reflections
    as I sit by the foot of the willow tree,
    scribbling in my book
    the whispers of the crickets, the grass and wind.
    It's a strange yet peaceful time of the night
    to walk in the dark.
    I wonder what the words on the paper
    will mean the next morning.

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  • Smee
    Walk with me quietly,
    study the way
    The charm of the night
    brings its magic in play
    The moon casts its net on
    the willow tree's frame
    And whispers it's masterful,
    menacing claim.
    The park fails to notice,
    and edges the scene
    with delicate starlight.
    The midnight prom queen
    dances unseen on
    the paper-thin floor
    embracing the night in
    her summer folklore.
    Meanwhile, at the foot of the
    willow that weeps
    the silver fern gathers
    its tears as it sleeps.
    Last edited by Smee; 05-07-2016, 11:25 AM. Reason: I realised that I hadn't done the keywords in bold, then realised that I hadn't included the word 'walk', so did some more editing!

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  • Suz-zen
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    I have done that too! Will try to find and share if you want... different if you add mixed media too...

  • Sumyanna
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    I know some have done "found poetry" where they actually circle the words in a written page as a poem and darken out or doodle on the remainder. For me, it would be hard - but I do love the idea of this. Might just have to force myself to find 10 words that way - only on one page. Would definitely change up the outcome of the story.

  • Suz-zen
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    Well Done! I sometimes I will take an old book and circle words to write a poem that seems to jump out at me! Some folks find this an affront to the the book!! or author!??
    I find it a bit naughty, maybe the good girl's graffiti!

  • Sumyanna
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    Yeah, that was what I was talking about. With this type of thing - it is hard to have writer's block. You have to take it somewhere and over time you get better at it. The nice thing is that you could write about it many times and still come up with a different image. I will post the next one on Monday :-) but feel free to make up your own. Ask someone to give you a list of 10 random words or find your own in a story, on a page, in book titles - the sky is the limit - Suz-zen.

  • Suz-zen
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    Thank you both! without the word prompts I never could written this! It was jotted down in a record maybe 5- 10 minutes! Thanks Sumyanna for the push to do this! Keep them coming...
    Thanks MH for the kind words and the kiss!! xxx tres besos!

  • Sumyanna
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    Oh wow - fabulous write! Love this one a lot Suz-zen.

  • MHenry
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    Astonishingly beautiful, Suz-zen! Every line a triumph, building to a crushing crescendo! I kiss you! Mwwaaah!

  • Suz-zen
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    I looked down to my foot and noticed a paper

    It said "please meet me at the skyscraper"

    I did not know whom this was for, since it was not for me

    I threw it in the trash this strangers odd plea

  • Suz-zen

    Faithfully Mr. Willow takes a walk
    In the black molasses park
    Without whispers or a nod
    To the creatures that he pretends not to notice.

    As summer edges ever closer
    He allows himself to hear
    The paper thin moon
    only one foot away

    In the darkness of his heart.

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