Saturday, March 1, 2008

Seniorwriter's Poem-a-Day in March Writing Challenge: The Month Begins

Does anyone dare to accept this crazy challenge? As an extension of "Writing Poetry on a Dreary Winter Day" below, I challenge you to write one short poem (4 to 12 lines) every day in March.

I'm not talking masterpieces here. However, I believe that everyone needs to explore his or her inner poet. Give it a try! The form is up to you. I've chosen the Rictameter again: nine lines of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2 syllables, the first and last lines identical. Free verse and rhymed forms are all right too. Use the same form every day or vary the pattern. Just write.

Post your poems (or some of them) as comments below this post, or post them on your own blog or web site, or keep them to yourself. Let me know how it's going.

Here is my first poem for the month:

The Month Begins

March first.
Spring starts this month.
No flowers, no birds yet,
At least not in Chicago where
Winter lingers long past dreams of new joys.
Still, rays of hope peek through dark clouds.
Through snow or rain or gloom
We write, we dream
March first.

Copyright 2008 by Marlys Marshall Styne


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great idea! I too believe everyone has an inner poetry deep inside them. Peace

Kate said...

I just found your blogs and know that I will enjoy exploring them. The poem a day challenge is over but I decided to try one anyway.

I went to church
After months spent away,
Reconnecting to that deep place
Where like minds enjoy a peaceful repose.
Sanctuary for my prayers
Blessings from me to you
I will come back

seniorwriter said...

That's a very good poem, Kate. See? Aren't they fun to write? It's amazng how much can be said in so few words!