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  • Poetry Prompt #9

    Here is the next word list prompt. Here are 10 words to inspire your writing. Use them to create anything form of poetry. The main thing is to read something into these words - and let them tell you a story.


    The minimum word use is set at 3 words. I have found - trying to use as many as I can helps me stretch my writing. It is good practice.

    Oh, and sorry it is a bit late - been on vacation.

    Please post your writing here - so everyone can see what you came up with. Part of the joy in doing this exercise is to see how many different ways these words can take you.

    ~ Sumyanna
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  • #2
    Her womanly charms
    In far-flung arms
    Were often the cause
    Of delightful pause
    Her uttermost flame
    Like her middle name
    Broken and callous
    Chess piece phallus
    Last edited by MHenry; 07-14-2016, 06:37 PM.


    • Muttado1sb
      Muttado1sb commented
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      Well, it rhymes. Amusing, MH!

    • MHenry
      MHenry commented
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      Yep, that's about the best that could be said about this!

  • #3
    no middle ground remained
    among the broken shards of far-flung rhetoric
    though some flamed callous in extremis
    finding it delightful that cause
    undertaken led to uttermost upheaval

    unlike a game of chess, where patient,
    skillful artistry, like womanly beguiling,
    might just win the day


    • Muttado1sb
      Muttado1sb commented
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      Nicely done, RLW!

  • #4
    The Flame Was a Surprise

    The flame was a surprise
    This was a calm place
    A place in the middle
    with dignity and grace

    The flame was a surprise
    and the calm was torn
    Even in this middle place
    sometimes hopes can be shorn
    There was hope this
    community would aid
    in the peaceful sharing
    of far-flung ideas made
    using creative processes
    so that opinions could
    be presented to others
    in forms that would
    stay within boundaries
    that would be all inclusive
    and not voiced so as
    to become exclusive

    The flame was a surprise
    with statements quite callous
    and what made it worse is
    they weren't meant with malice
    This delightful space
    where anything was a subject
    for open discussion
    on the form of the object
    got thrown all off kilter
    with uttermost surprise
    that we should have seen coming
    because we realize
    that if there's controversy
    if there can be sides
    someone will be offensive
    no matter all the strides

    The flame was a surprise
    but was eventually quelled
    Maybe the dignity and grace
    can soon again be upheld
    Last edited by Muttado1sb; 07-06-2017, 12:03 PM.


    • MHenry
      MHenry commented
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      You really took this one seriously, Muttado1sb!

    • RhymeLovingWriter
      RhymeLovingWriter commented
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      Concur. Beautifully done.

    • Muttado1sb
      Muttado1sb commented
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      Thanks. I started it and finished it in two different frames of mind, and now that I read it more thoroughly I see it needs some fairly major editing. The first section is way to long, and the line count is off, which explains part of why I had trouble with the rhyme through the middle. But I like it in three sections, so I am going to try and pull some of the first into the second. I see where it can be done, I just have to figure out how. I like the short last section as is, so I am going to have to work hard on structure.

  • #5
    I am the uttermost faithful in my Love.
    Broken womanly faces cround around me, I am caught in the middle.
    They flame me for ignoring their cries.
    Their callous hearts are the cause of my delightful far-flung.
    Chess, check mate.


    • RhymeLovingWriter
      RhymeLovingWriter commented
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      Nicely done GrimReefer! Do you enjoy poetry prompts to get you started writing?

    • GrimReefer
      GrimReefer commented
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      They are something new to me.

  • #6
    Thanks for the prompt -- a great selection of words! Here's my take on them. My poem is more of a story. Not very well written, I know, but it was fun to write!

    The Match

    With sweating brow, and gnawing at his nails
    He taxed his brooding mind to uttermost
    No broken loss for him this time; he’d give
    No cause for his opponent more to boast

    Her features were from alabaster carv’d
    Her eyes with vict’ry glowed at his unease
    Fair Venus, sheathed in fighting garb of Mars
    No womanly rose waving in the breeze

    And so the two faced off o’er black and white:
    A duel of the wits, a wooden fight
    The middle of the battle long had passed,
    And now the end was drawing into sight

    The flame of war burned in her every move
    Her shining queen threw down his last brave knight
    Enough! He countered with a callous blow
    And felled with king of night the queen of light

    Her mouth was hard, but fear now laced her hand
    It trembled; hope returned to fend his cause
    A flash of genius lit his mind. His way
    Was clear. Each second was an hour’s pause

    Or so it seemed, as he put forth his pawn
    She knew then her mistake – alas, too late!
    The final move, delightful move, was his
    Voice low, exultant, he declared ‘Check mate!’

    And as he basked in victory, his mind
    Could see a crown emblazoned on his fess
    The far-flung dream had finally come true:
    He’d beaten her! He’d won the game of chess!