2019 Nov PAD Challenge – Next Steps

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So once again we came to end of another November PAD Chapbook Challenge, set by the good folks at Writer’s Digest. This was my fifth(!) year taking part, and it always proves an interesting challenge writing a poem every day for a month.

So, inevitably now must come the next steps. Now comes the slightly tougher part of revision and choosing which poems will make the cut, as only 10-20 page submissions will be accepted. Time (and how we try to savour/hoard some for ourselves as we become increasingly busy in adulthood) ended up becoming a recurring theme, so this may play a part in which poems are chosen…

As the deadline is in January, I will be spending a lot of December armed with my trusty red pen for revising and deliberating which poems to include, and in what order.

At any rate, here is the full list of poems that I wrote for the challenge this year, with links. Expect a follow up post in the near future of the final list of which ones make it into the chapbook. Let me know if you had any particular favourites 😉

  1. ‘The End of Wonder’
  2. ‘Alpha in the Face of Omega’
  3. ‘The Iron Fist of Time’
  4. ‘Night Resolutions’
  5. ‘The Healing Power of Cats, Coffee and Showers’
  6. ‘Delia’s Precious Little Diary’
  7. ‘An Ode to Old Clothes’
  8. ‘Charlie (The Cat Formerly Known as Mr. Cheeky’)
  9. ‘Reflections of an Overclocked Mind’
  10. ‘Dreaming of Stability’
  11. ‘Prime Concerns’
  12. ‘Ebb and Flow’
  13. ‘The Dragon’s Lament’
  14. ‘The Myth of Adulthood’
  15. ‘The Dreaded Middle’
  16. ‘Free Time’
  17. ‘Calmer State of Mind’
  18. ‘Music as Healer’
  19. ‘The Misfit’s Tale’
  20. ‘The Light Beyond the Lies’
  21. ‘Heart of a Wanderer’
  22. ‘Mr. Sarcastic’
  23. ‘How to Let Go’
  24. ‘But What If…’
  25. ‘Sunday Dinner’
  26. ‘Don’t Forget Love’
  27. ‘What Can Wait’
  28. ‘Thank You’
  29. ‘Have You Stopped to Think’
  30. ‘The End’

Like these poems? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, avaliable NOW!

Paperback – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Awakening-Selection-Poems-Stuart-Peacock/dp/1911476335

eBook-: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M</a

2019 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 30 – ‘The End’

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Day 30’s prompt:  Write a ‘the end’ poem

The End

I’ve decided it’s the end
Of allowing past things
To prod at me relentlessly,
Judgement merely invented
By a mind utterly ravaged
From futile cycle of rumination.

But no more shall I feed
This critical beast within me,
I can calm myself to the now
And cast ‘what has been’ aside
To mists of faintest memories,
Releasing their hold on me, finally.

Like this poem? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, avaliable NOW!

Paperback – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Awakening-Selection-Poems-Stuart-Peacock/dp/1911476335

eBook-: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M</a

2019 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 29 – ‘Have You Stopped to Think’

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Day 29’s prompt:  Have (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. 

Have You Stopped to Think

Have you stopped to think
Of what’s beyond all this,
If there are strange, mystic forces
At work behind the scenes,
As we go about our business?

Have you ever realised
How small we must be
In the wide eyes of the galaxy,
Surely we are but tiny marks
Upon a far grander story?

Have you thought of what else
Must be hiding out there,
Whole other worlds and universes
Of staggering proportions,
Inhabited by species undiscovered?

Have you wondered just how
We came to be here at all,
What mind-bending reason
Or nebulous, elusive purpose
Is there for our existence?

Have you asked just why it is
That you just happen to inhabit
This one particular body,
Is there some nameless spirit
Constituting the essence of us?

Or are you content to be ignorant,
Carry on your merry little way,
Blind to the bigger questions?
I can think of no sadder tedium
Than being so narrow-minded…

Like this poem? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, avaliable NOW!

Paperback – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Awakening-Selection-Poems-Stuart-Peacock/dp/1911476335

eBook-: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M</a

2019 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 28 – ‘Thank You’

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Day 28’s prompt:  Write a gratitude poem

Thank You

Thank you for being there
When I was frozen,
Stuck in an icy circle
Of confused frustration,
Unable to move forward.

Your firm, wistful patience
Was the sharp force of reason
(Still loving, in its stark bluntness)
That was sorely needed
In midst of shivering tears.

You understood this pain
When no one else could,
Stood by and calmly listened
To my perceived catastrophes,
Deconstructing them effortlessly.

You’ve always been the stone
Standing rigid in roaring winds,
Firm but with compassion beneath
To lift me from my lowest,
To which I will always be grateful…

To you
My rock in hardest times.

Like this poem? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, avaliable NOW!

Paperback – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Awakening-Selection-Poems-Stuart-Peacock/dp/1911476335

eBook-: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M</a

2019 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 27 – ‘What Can Wait’

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Day 27’s prompt:  Write a ‘remix/response’ poem

(I chose to write a response/sequel poem to Day 11’s prompt)

What Can Wait

Past concerns
Drift harmlessly
By me
Lost in the depths
Of obscure memory,
No longer gnawing at me…

I have at last forced out
Anything unimportant to now,
And found my own way to go.
Yet I still tread carefully,
Taking one day at a time
To maintain this calmer mind…

I’ve finally learned
What can wait
In life’s relentless blaze,
Found myself again
After so long utterly lost
In a sea of conflicting priorities…

Like this poem? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, avaliable NOW!

Paperback – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Awakening-Selection-Poems-Stuart-Peacock/dp/1911476335

eBook-: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M</a

2019 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 26- ‘Don’t Forget Love’

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Day 26’s prompt: Write a ‘love and/or anti-love’ poem

Don’t Forget Love

It’s easy to forget love
When so utterly consumed
By everything else;
Heavy weight of expectation
From forces coldly indifferent
To burning dreams and passions,
Constant unfeeling demands
Draining fervour out of us,
Life’s trials leaving us flagging
And compassion slowly fading…

But we must evade the trap
Of shutting out others,
The ones who simply want
To share joy with us…
Their love is unburdened
By callous presumption,
Shining brightly in darkest hours,
Unjudging and eternally loyal.
They are the vital companions
When life drives us to distraction…

Like this poem? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, avaliable NOW!

Paperback – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Awakening-Selection-Poems-Stuart-Peacock/dp/1911476335

eBook-: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M</a

2019 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 25- ‘Sunday Dinner’

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Day 25’s prompt: Write a ‘meal’ poem

Sunday Dinner

Every Sunday afternoon
Time is simply frozen,
A week’s stresses and concerns
Cast away for a moment,
As loved ones come together
To laugh and cheerily devour
A feast to forget troubles.
After all, what is it all worth
If the end of a trying week
Can’t bring a little mirth?

For wherever you come from,
Whatever your circumstance,
We all share a human need
For the relief of sustenance,
Both in terms of stomach
And heart’s longing for company.
So let’s savour this time
That brings us all together,
Make the most of the calm
Before braving the five-day storm…

Like this poem? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, avaliable NOW!

Paperback – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Awakening-Selection-Poems-Stuart-Peacock/dp/1911476335

eBook-: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M</a