2016 Nov PAD Challenge – Next Steps

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So November has been and gone once again, and thus I have completed the Writers Digest November PAD Chapbook challenge for another year. Well, the first step, anyway. Over the next few weeks I will be cracking on with the ‘next steps’ – which are detailed on WD’s page here. This is always a bit of a tough process, as I found last year, as the 10-20 page limit naturally means that you are not going to be able to include all 30 poems written, and revising and tightening up the ones you have picked out to make the cut is no easy task either. For last year’s challenge I ended up putting a collection together entitled ‘The Dance of Dark and Light’ , which did not win, obviously, but I must confess I haven’t yet made the effort of submitting it to any publishers or trying to get it out there, which I set to remedy in the coming months as well. I’m not sure what’s been holding me back from trying to get more of my work out into the world, but I shan’t be letting it stop me any longer 🙂

Although speaking of work that is already out there, my debut poetry collection, The Awakening, already avaliable as an ebook, will be avaliable in paperback very soon, which for me is very exciting indeed. The Amazon listing for the paperback version is here, but it is not avaliable to order just yet. I will be sure to let you know when it is, and please do get yourself a copy if you enjoy the poems that I post here on my blog, it would help me immensely and be much appreciated 🙂

Anyway, here is the full list of poems I wrote for this year’s Nov PAD Challenge. Expect an update very soon of the poems that make the cut into the actual chapbook I will be submitting for the competition. In the meantime, do feel free to let me know if you have any particular favourites out of these, and feedback and constructive criticism is of course always appreciated as well 🙂

  1. ‘Red or Green’
  2. ‘Creed of the Cat’
  3. ‘If I’d Only Been Bolder’
  4. ‘I’ll Wear a Different Life Today’
  5. ‘Self-Destruct Switch’
  6. ‘Phonophobia’
  7. ‘Spring Clean for the Soul’
  8. ‘The Same Old Story’
  9. ‘Call Me at 3am’
  10. ‘Tragic Things’
  11. ‘Knick-Knack Cat’
  12. ‘November’
  13. ‘Feel Awake’
  14. ‘To My Former Self’
  15. ‘To Live Among the Leaves’
  16. ‘Play That Song Again’
  17. ‘Paper Thoughts’
  18. ‘The Lure of the Limelight’
  19. ‘A Kitchen Haiku’
  20. ‘The More the Merrier?’
  21. ‘Set Thoughts Alight’
  22. ‘A Side to Share Sparingly’
  23. ‘When I Get Home’
  24. ‘Reconcilation’
  25. ‘Tangling with Tape’
  26. ‘Visitors at Night’
  27. ‘Suffer in Silence’
  28. ‘I Want More Time’
  29. ‘Infatuation with Imperfection’
  30. ‘Last Chance Saloon’

Check out my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, available NOW for download as an eBook on Amazon. Check it out here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M

2016 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 30 – ‘Last Chance Saloon’

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Today’s prompt: Write a ‘last chance’ poem.

An appropriate prompt for the last day of this year’s challenge! Where on earth did this month go? Anyway, without further ado, my final poem of the month:

Last Chance Saloon

It is a tragic sight indeed
To see so many slumped at stools,
Sipping their sorry little lives away,
Bemoaning what they didn’t do,
Rambling about risks untaken
And best-laid plans in disarray.
They could reverse this dismal fate,
Forge a new destination from ruin,
To find yet uncovered fortune.
But instead they still wallow here
Becoming the live-in furniture
In the dusty corners of the Last Chance Saloon.

Like this poem? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, available NOW for download as an eBook on Amazon. Check it out here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M

2016 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 29 – ‘Infatuation with Imperfection’

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

(This focuses on the former, but also with the idea it is far from perfect!)

Infatuation with Imperfection

Love is
Finding their flaws
And falling for them anyway,
Forgiving the weaknesses
That make them whole,
Living for their strange quirks
Which irritate most
But are so endearing to you,
To stop seeking perfection
Is to know true affection.

Like this poem? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, available NOW for download as an eBook on Amazon. Check it out here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M

2016 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 28 – ‘I Want More Time’

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

I Want More Time

I want more time
To tell my story
That’s stuck in my head
Locked away till a later date
That might never come.
It all simply depends
On how much I can bend
That cursed invisible force
To my own twisted will
So my tale can at last be heard.

Like this poem? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, available NOW for download as an eBook on Amazon. Check it out here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M

2016 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 27 – ‘Suffer in Silence’

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Yesterday’s prompt: Write a ‘falling apart’ poem.

Suffer in Silence

They pull his self-esteem apart,
Snatching each soggy scrap
Like remains of a papier-mâché house,
He lets them pick piece-by-piece
Slowly as he simmers in silence,
Allowing so many slurs and untruths
To be spoken out against him,
And so this crumbling of character continues
Until the day then inevitably comes
That all patience and pretence surely shatters.

Like this poem? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, available NOW for download as an eBook on Amazon. Check it out here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M

2016 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 26 – ‘Visitors at Night’

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Today’s prompt: ‘Write a visitor poem. The poem could be about being a visitor to somewhere new. Or the poem could be about hosting a visitor. Write about an expected visitor or someone who shows up by surprise’.

Visitors at Night

Strange visitors of the night
Who hide during the day
But in the dark, come out to play.
They merely exist in daylight,
Sleeping through the burden of the sun,
It is the moon that makes them whole
And awakens their anarchistic soul,
For them the day’s end is where it’s just begun.
They’ll take forms bizarre and beautiful
Some squeezed into their skin-tight leather
Others baring flesh with brazen disregard for weather,
Things day-dwellers would no doubt deem unsuitable.
These night visitors care not for such decorum,
Whether indulging those in lonely homes,
Or assuming their role in red-light zones,
They’d rather this than brighter hours’ boredom.

Like this poem? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, available NOW for download as an eBook on Amazon. Check it out here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M

2016 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 25 – ‘Tangling with Tape’

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Yesterday’s prompt: ‘Write a tape poem. The poem could be about transparent tape, duct tape, video tape, or even tape worm. Anything that you can bend into a tape poem is fair game’.

Tangling with Tape

Oh I do get in a right tizzy
Wrapping my head round
That perplexing, vexing task
Of wrapping presents.
I find myself in a fight
With that roll of tape
Losing the elusive ‘end’
So many times until
I lose the will to live as well.
It becomes a blurred flurry
Of swearing and snipping
Leaving me blue-faced
And more tightly wound
Than the blasted tape itself.
I abandon the scissors
And in a senseless fit of rage
Find my savage beast within
And decide to bite down on it instead.

Like this poem? Read more in my first poetry collection, ‘The Awakening’, available NOW for download as an eBook on Amazon. Check it out here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BZBH6M