2017 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 29 – ‘New You, Before a New Day’

self-reflect

Today’s prompt: Write a ‘response’ poem

Now this prompt could be taken in a number of ways; however, I found the suggestion given on the page to be an interesting one -to write a ‘response’ to one of the poems previously written for this month’s challenge, especially as we are now nearing the end. I opted to write a response to the poem I wrote for Day 1, ‘New Day. Has anyone else ever attempted to write something like this in answer to their previous poem before, or taken the option for today’s prompt? It’s intriguing in that you are essentially talking to yourself, and as I discovered a little self-reflection and events in your life can lead you to question your previous words. At any rate, here is my response to my first poem of the challenge:

New You, Before a New Day

I know this ‘new day’ you speak of,
The fabled time when everything
Falls effectively into place
And life is all tidily arranged,
But these ‘old worries’ of yours
Will surely follow you there
If you don’t begin anew as well.

Perhaps I should more clearly explain,
You see, this so-called stress and strain
Has grown from your own brain,
It is your response to life’s difficulties
That has stifled your creativity,
Because of your constant proclivity
To allow anger to ravage you so intimately.

I do not wish to dispirit you,
But merely make implicit to you
That the root of this perceived ruin
Lies somewhere deep within you,
And that change must occur
For this ‘new day’ to be a solid reflection
Of a truly unclouded mind and intention.

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2017 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 28 – ‘Love – A Haiku’

love

Today’s prompt: Write a love and/or anti-love poem.

So today I opted for the former, feeling particularly soppy after a long day. Said long day also meant I went for a quick, simple haiku for this prompt, but I hope it is an effective one all the same…

Love – A Haiku

Love is coming home
And forgetting it all in
Warmth of caring arms.

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2017 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 27 – ‘Change of Plans’

sorryforincovenience

Today’s prompt: Take the phrase “(blank) Of (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.

Change of Plans

And so comes the dreaded call:
‘We apologise for the disruption’
A statement vague enough
To appease any form of frustration;
They’d also appreciate your co-operation,
As they fumble for an explanation
For the source of your vexation;
Or they’ll be sorry for the inconvenience
In a desperate plea for lenience
From you for this maddening experience.
They do so hope you’ll understand
As after all, ‘The best laid plans…
Of mice and men
So often go down the pan’.
Well, that might not be it exactly,
But they’ve simply assumed
(Perhaps a little offensively)
You won’t know a fancy word like ‘awry’…
But whatever words they might use
Thinking of all calming tactics they can,
They’ll merely continue to anger and confuse
Those intolerant to changes of plan.

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2017 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 26 – ‘Chasing the Light’

green-eyes

Today’s prompt: Write a ‘shine’ poem.

Chasing the Light

My spirit hasn’t gone out,
Its just dimmed a little bit,
So I dawdle on in the half-dark,
Trying to recall the feeling
Of full-lit awe and wonder
Before my mind went under
And to this shade of numbness.
But the memory of that light
Wills me to walk on and fight
And escape the empty of nights,
Reclaim that lustre lost to time,
So once again dulled eyes may shine.

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2017 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 25 – ‘Reality (Remixed)’

music

Today’s prompt: Write a ‘remix’ poem

Reality (Remixed)

I live life on shuffle
With no set order
To choice or action,
Seeking a shake-up
Of the same old songs –
An exciting remix
Of an overplayed routine –
I scan through my selection
To prepare a new playlist
Pleasing to my peculiarity,
Far removed from reality.
I wish to move like the music,
Floating through life mysteriously
Light-headed and fancy-free.

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2017 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 24 – ‘Remembered by the Words’

notebook

Today’s prompt: Write a ‘How I’ll be remembered’ poem.

An interesting prompt, this one – can fellow writers/creatives relate to the sentiment I ended up expressing in the poem?

Remembered by the Words

I’d like to be remembered
By the words I have left
Behind in this world,
Set free from the confines
Of my muddled old mind
And stamped firmly down
On the clarity of white paper.
Pictures may stir memories,
And my voice may echo in the wind,
But it is by the written word –
That wondrous invention,
Assured to be permanent
In an ever-changing, shifting world –
That I wish to be thought of
After my body has departed
From the weight of existence,
So that something is left behind
For caring eyes to read, again and again,
And hold close to their heart,
Words to ease the pain of being apart.

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2017 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 23 – ‘Preface to Another Life’

openbook

Today’s prompt: Write a ‘preface’ poem.

This one sort of ended up being up a bit of an ‘epilogue’ poem in a sense as well, but hope you enjoy…oh and a note to any American readers, just to clarify that a ‘full stop’ is what we Brits call a ‘period’ at the end of a sentence 😉

Preface to Another Life

I’ve tried so many times
To close this lingering book,
Only for the last page
To seem to last forever,
More words hastily splattered
Onto that uncertain whiteness,
Unable to find an ending
That can adequately close out
This challenging chapter of life,
And outline the one to come.

I’ve been making it up as I go,
Losing myself in the dark
As I try to write towards the light,
Only for it to flicker once it’s found,
The full picture seen in quick flashes
That I can’t form into any sense.
My plot is but pieces and fragments,
The story slips from my fingers,
Leaving themes and concepts tumbling
Into an author’s abyss, resolution lost.

But in the hopeless small hours
Comes the faintest, tiny spark
Of something to finally unite
Half-ideas together, tied and bond
Into a neat and tidy knot
That connects this tale to the next.
I at last become the bold protagonist
In control of my own frantic arc,
And with motivation regained
To pierce this page with a full stop.

And so this book at last closes
With a clear course for the next,
For to stay adrift in the same old story
Is surely the saddest fate of all.

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

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