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

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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’

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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’

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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.

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2017 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 22 – ‘Duvet Day’

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

Duvet Day

As the rain drizzles outside
Coffee is sipped while under
Warm softness of bed covers,
Bodies snug and boldly prepared
For not doing very much at all
Besides taking a precious respite
From this relentless thing called life.

A day to gaze longingly at each other,
Without eyes and minds drifting
To worries demanding and persistent
Draining time and energy from us
Leaving little to give for another,
And instead for once focused
On the one we hold dearest and closest.

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2017 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 21 – ‘She’s Making Rainbows’

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Today’s prompt: Write a construction and/or deconstruction poem

As is often the case when I tackle these ‘Two for Tuesday’ prompts, this one ended up being a little of both. Enjoy…

She’s Making Rainbows

Wondering why, despite the wet outside
There was no pretty rainbow in sight,
The little girl proceeded to make her own
Entirely from arches of Play-Doh.

Red was of course readily found,
Orange proved a little obscurer,
But was soon found in the depths
Of her overstuffed toy box.

Then out came the yellow,
Green of course the next to go,
Next blue, but then confusion about ‘indigo’,
A darker blue, she’s told, well why didn’t you just say so.

And finally violet to finish,
All colours carefully arranged
Into meticulously crafted arches,
She was quite the little clay artist.

With some white to spare
For little fluffy clouds as well,
She then glances outside again,
To see there is no longer any pesky rain.

Craving energetic antics outside,
She casts her colourful work aside,
A once-rainbow is quickly squished
Into flat and gaudy pancakes.

She’s told it’s got to be put away first,
With a huff and a sigh, she complies,
Stuffing each blob back inside
Its matching pot, where darkness lies.

And so a pseudo-rainbow is gone,
Forsaken for the allure of the sun,
But when another rainy day comes,
She’ll build more doughy wonders for fun.

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2017 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 20 – ‘The Illusion of Honesty’

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Today’s prompt: Write a ‘What I learned’ poem.

The Illusion of Honesty

What did I learn
From being deceived
At every turn
By someone I blindly believed?

I found the telling signs
Of false, pacifying smiles,
Tracing a lying mouth’s lines
And trademarks of a trickster’s style.

I heard the faint hesitancy
In forced and hollow promises,
The all-too familiar tendency
To project an illusion of honesty.

This is what I have learned
From once assuming the role
Of the trusting lover spurned,
With a mind fit for control.

Now that I know the tricks
Up a deceiver’s sleeve
I’ll choose what to believe
And keep my mind unpicked.

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2017 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 19 – ‘Leaves of Change’

Autumn-leaves

Today’s prompt: Write an ‘abundant’ poem.

Leaves of Change

Autumn in abundance
Once green leaves
Become sallow and sickly,
Sinking into the ground,
But through less cynical eyes
They are more golden than brown,
Signalling great change to come,
A crunching carpet of possibility
Just waiting to be stepped through.
As the wind begins to chill,
We’ll walk by trees of the past
Shedding ourselves, just as they have,
Bare, and embracing a new cycle
The age of long-awaited revival.

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