Weds poetry prompt: ‘A Quiet Hill’

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This week’s prompt: Write an ‘elevated’ poem.

Last one for 2017! A new year’s resolution of mine is to post more content here, as I realise the last few posts have just been Wednesday poetry prompts – you can partly thank my laptop’s hard-drive dying for that, but now with it replaced and back in action there is no excuse, so watch this space in 2018 🙂

A Quiet Hill

The world makes more sense
Atop this quiet hill,
People are but tiny dots,
Their words indistinct, unheard,
So that here, above, alone
There is no distraction in the wind,
Simply my own thoughts
Echoing in an unjudging valley.
They are free, unentangled
From the cold, hard detail
That still awaits there on the ground.
Up here I can stop to contemplate,
Watching the clouds pass by
As I form my future’s shape,
Or I could simply remain in this ether,
Sat on my solitary mound
As constant watcher and guardian
Of the precious silence I’ve found,
Certain it will never slip away
Into the ocean of cacophonous days.

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Empty Glass’

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This week’s prompt: Write a ‘It made sense at the time’ poem.

Empty Glass

It made sense at the time
To pour so many hours
Into that inviting glass
Seemingly designed for me
To fill with my energy,
But now I am left thirsty
After donating so much
Of myself, my precious time
To not get a single drop in return.
I stagger lifeless and dry
In the desert I find myself in,
Dragging myself to the present
Where I can claw time back
And invest it more wisely
Into a new glass, of generosity
That won’t devour me whole.

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Breaking the Ice by Rhyme (or, ‘Clichés of the Cold’)

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This week’s prompt: Write a ‘thaw’ poem.

Was in a bit of a cheeky mood with this one, I think! Enjoy…

‘Breaking the Ice by Rhyme’ (or, ‘Cliches of the Cold’)

We’ve got to break the ice,
Shattere these cold emotions,
This chilling outlook on life
Leaves my heart hard and frozen.

Can’t see a road ahead of me,
All around is a blast of white,
Lost in a winter reality
And numb to neverending night.

To thaw through this icy cruelty
We have to find the fire to fight,
Melt the bad feeling
To release your inner light.

We’ve got to break the ice
By spouting reassuring rhyme
That may indeed sound nice,
But perhaps not helpful at the time.

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘War of Secret Words’

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This week’s prompt: Write a ‘complicit’ poem.

War of Secret Words

As I spout the words of a cynic,
And would hardly call my contempt cryptic
For those who push us both to the limit,
I end up making you complicit
In my secret war against it;
The power that provides for us
But does not speak for us;
So we choose to rebel in covert words,
Careful to avoid loyal ears
Who would not hesitate to throw us
To the claws of their precious rulers.
And so we both silently fight
Knowing if we were ever discovered,
We’d take the final fall together.

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2017 Nov PAD Challenge – Next Steps

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So a few days ago saw the end of November, and thus my completion of the Writers Digest November PAD Chapbook challenge, for the third year in a row for me now. I did enter my resulting chapbooks from 2015 and 2016 – ‘The Dance of Dark and Light’ and ‘Uncertain Amber’ respectively – to the competiton, not winning either but for me it is about the motivation that it gives you and the resulting chapbook that you are left with. I intend to try and submit both of these for publication wherever I can in the coming months, something I’ve been slacking about, but seek to remedy.

So! The next steps then. 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. I think I have a rough theme and possibly a title in mind, but it’s always tough deciding what to keep and which ones to discard. 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. ‘New Day’
  2. ‘Tired Old Suit’
  3. ‘Triangle Hearts’
  4. Whosoever Takes the Time’
  5. ‘The Imp Inside’
  6. ‘The Map of the Sky’
  7. ‘Days of the Weak’
  8. ‘Post-It Notes’
  9. ‘Say Something If You’re There’
  10. ‘Nameless Roads’
  11. ‘Left Out of Luck’
  12. ‘This Life TBD’
  13. ‘Sapphire City’
  14. ‘Waking Dissonance’
  15. ‘Stranger Souls’
  16. ‘To the Rude of this World’
  17. ‘What I Meant to Say’
  18. ‘Beast of Rage’
  19. ‘Leaves of Change’
  20. ‘The Illusion of Honesty’
  21. ‘She’s Making Rainbows’
  22. ‘Duvet Day’
  23. ‘Preface to Another Life’
  24. ‘Remembered by the Words’
  25. ‘Reality (Remixed)’
  26. ‘Chasing the Light’
  27. ‘Change of Plans’
  28. ‘Love – A Haiku’
  29. ‘New You, Before a New Day’
  30. ‘The Good Old Days’

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2017 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 30 – ‘The Good Old Days’

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Yesterday’s prompt: Write a ‘back in the day’ poem.

So here we are, already at the end of the month and the last day of the challenge. The prompts produced some interesting results for me this year, and I look forward to revising them and selecting which ones to keep for the next steps…

In the mean time, enjoy this poem inspired by youthful, carefree days of scabby knees and muddy puddles…

The Good Old Days

I remember when
We’d ride bikes until sunset
Struggling to scale the steep hills
Of a muddy makeshift course
Full of perilous dips and bumps,
To then come barrelling down again,
Then repeat, until boredom set in,
Or bloody scabs marked our knees,
(Whatever happened to come first).
This is how we’d pass the days
With only our wits and wily ways
To entertain us, a simpler age
Where anything could keep us amused,
And we’d be forever enthused
By forest paths and mystic caves
Before life became serious and grave.

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