Weds Poetry Prompt: ‘Poolside’

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

Bit late this week, due to…stuff happening. And no I’m not slacking – I did write a poem for last week’s prompt as well, but ended up entering that one for submission to a magazine, so I’ll wait on the result of that before posting that one. Anyway – a nice chilled poem for the end of the week for you:

Poolside

Only by the side of the pool
Can I make sense of it all
The calming little bubble
That real life can’t break through
Innocent days I faintly recall
Return after I leap in the blue
My fading spirit born anew
In the water soothingly cool.

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Save for Later’

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This week’s prompt: Write a ‘reserved’ poem

As mentioned in the link, this word can take on a few meanings. I opted for ‘reserved’ as in a space saved for someone…

Save for Later

Save me a space
For once I’ve figured out
What I want out of this place.
Keep that seat warm
Should I ever be cold enough
To leave the current one empty.
Hold my number in the queue
For when I’ve weighed up
The infinite pros and cons.

Just don’t mention it –
My hesitative nature, that is
Call me a careful thinker
With an eye for analysis
And an aptitude for planning,
Who knows, they may just buy it
And not simply figure out
That I’m a chronic ditherer
Just muddling his way through.

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Project-Minded’ /End of April PAD Challenge

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

And so we’re back to the weekly prompts, always feels strange after finishing a monthly challenge…anyway, to this prompt, which may shed a light on my pensive way of doing things…

Project-Minded

I always put in my all,
Make everything a project,
Even if seemingly simple,
It can’t make sense to me unless;
It’s precisely planned and plotted,
Then shot repeatedly to pieces
Becoming orderly bullet points
Neatly and tidily arranged again;
This is the leisurely process
Upon which all my decisions are made,
Spontaneity was never my strong suit,
But grin and bear with me
And I’ll grant you the promised answer,
(Just after I’ve put all of the implications to paper).

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Speaking of things neatly arranged – here is the list of each of the poems, with links, that I wrote for this year’s April PAD Challenge – to now be re-read, revised, etc. The support from two other participants; Sarah and Trish, was greatly appreciated as well 🙂

  1. Mind Map
  2. Self-Doubt Portrait
  3. Running to a Dead Stop
  4. Just in Case
  5. Rules of the Real World
  6. Rhubarb Crumble
  7. Night Vibes
  8. Family
  9. Battle to Unwind
  10. Hot Date to Deal Breaker
  11. The Block
  12. Lament for Old Red
  13. Plague of the Ladybirds
  14. Damage Report
  15. I Am a Tree
  16. Summer Skies
  17. The Long Way Around
  18. Prison of Days
  19. Loose Thread
  20. Temptation of the Vine
  21. The Limit
  22. Cherry Blossom
  23. Stand Up
  24. Hiding Behind Glass
  25. The Prognositicators
  26. Sharing the Mundane
  27. Stories Without Glory
  28. The New Wave
  29. The Human Way
  30. Eyes Half Open

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2018 April PAD Challenge Day 30: ‘Eyes Half Open’ #aprpad

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Day 30’s promptWrite a ‘closing time’ poem.

So here we are at the end of another year’s April PAD Challenge…and a fitting prompt for the last day. Writing has been a great therapeutic release for me this month, more than ever really, and certain poems probably shed light on my current state of mind. Whatever the future brings, I hope you enjoy the last poem of the month, and have enjoyed the others too…the fun of revising/rewriting still to come…

Eyes Half Open

My eyes have been open
But have I really been awake?
Day after day, the same place
Seeing it, but not noticing
The things that others do
Who have not yet known the contempt
Of familiars thrown at their face
Until the will to engage, sadly fades.

Too much time I have dawdled through,
Making excuses not to depart,
Even though staying and waiting
Is like a knife to an aching heart.
The fear of change held me back
But no more will I bend to that hold,
For the leap into the great unknown
Is lesser pain, than remaining and regretting.

I curse myself for being half-awake,
The careless lapses and mistakes
That I have let myself make
In a world blurred and murky to me,
Tell myself I am in control
Of my own path and fate
And that no one else can dictate
My role in life’s shifting stage.

My eyes truly widen again,
Now seeing a distant light,
A signal that is time to go,
Make the change long delayed,
Close this door and open the next
Before it is too late.
Behind it is redemption
For too long not paying attention.

Last year’s poem for Day 30: ‘The Sweet Release’

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2018 April PAD Challenge Day 29: ‘The Human Way’ #aprpad

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Day 29’s promptWrite a ‘response’ poem (i.e. a ‘response’ to an earlier poem of the month).

This prompt is always an interesting one…I chose to write a ‘response’ to the poem I wrote for Day 18…a more uplifting take this time…

The Human Way

Don’t see days as a prison,
Please don’t run away
From the life you’ve made,
There is another way…

I know dates drive you crazy,
The cruel and harsh deadlines
And the dreaded, sinking feeling
Of time slipping helplessly away…

But this ‘forest’ you wish to escape to
Where time finally stands still
Is simply a fiction, a fantasy,
That cannot ever come to fruition…

We have to make the best of it here,
Accept our often middling lot
And just jolly well get on with it,
With hope keeping us sane…

You could share it with me,
Get through it together,
Comply to the dreary day-to-day
While still sticking two fingers up to the world…

That is what being human is,
Nothing more, nothing less,
The strength to grin and bear it
Makes for an easier job of it…

So stay here with me,
We can silently rebel here,
Mock the world in our minds
For our precious remaining years.

Last year’s poem for Day 29: ‘Blinded by Measures’

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2018 April PAD Challenge Day 28: ‘The New Wave’ #aprpad (catch up!)

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Day 28’s prompt: Take the phrase “(blank) Wave,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.

And here’s Saturday’s….

The New Wave

I step into a familiar sea
The water roaring softly,
A calming song, calling to me,
But there is something different today,
A change in the bracing air
As well as the chilling ripples
That cascade over my body,
A new wave has come now,
Refreshing a waning spirit
And reclaiming fading energy.
It washes now over me,
With fierce will and intent,
Whether the change is in the tide
Or simply in state of mind,
I have still found precious peace
In the tranquil aura of the sea.

Last year’s poem for Day 28: ‘Those Smells Sweet and Strange’ (A Haiku)

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2018 April PAD Challenge Day 27: ‘Stories Without Glory’ #aprpad (catch up!)

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Day 27’s promptWrite a ‘story’ poem.

Playing catch-up with these – been a busy few days at work and I also went to see Avengers: Infinity War (which is AMAZING, by the way…), so here is the poem from Friday…a shout out to those of us who are not natural-born storytellers…

Stories Without Glory

‘What’s your story?’
I find myself asked
Suddenly and sharply,
As if we’re expected
To be exciting characters
Complete with gripping backstory,
Concealing tales of woe
And lost love, regretted hate
Behind a world-weary face.
They want a grand storyteller,
Spinning the yarns with ease,
Clear beginnings, middles and ends
With suspense in all the right places
And twists and turns aplenty.

Instead, they’ll need to settle
For shaky, stuttering recollections
With messy and tenuous tangents
And no clear structure or reason.
I’m sorry I can’t weave wonder
From dithering, awkward encounters
But that is the scattered reality
Which is decidedly dull, spoken aloud
Until it is wrapped in more considered words,
In the splendour of being written down.

Last year’s poem for Day 27: ‘A Day in the Life of a Drunken Buffoon’

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

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