It feels like it’s been forever, but I’m back. I’m actually a little excited because today’s post is a warm up for the rest of November.
Poetic Asides by Robert Lee Brewer is going to host a poem-a-day challenge in November. Les, Amber, and Cyn – my awesome poetry pals – have also committed to try the challenge with me. According to Mr. Brewer…
Here are the basics of the challenge:
- Beginning on November 1 (Atlanta, Georgia time), I will share a prompt and poem each day of November on this blog.
- Poets are then challenged to write a poem each day (no matter where you live on the planet) within 24 hours (or so) from when the prompt is posted.
- Poets do NOT have to register anywhere to participate. In fact, poets don’t even need to post to this blog to be considered participants.
- The Challenge will unofficially conclude around 24 hours after the final prompt is posted. That said…
- This Challenge is unique, because I expect poets to take all the material they’ve written in November and create a chapbook manuscript during the month of December. (Yes, you can revise material, and yes, the chapbook should be composed mostly of poems written for the challenge–I’m using the honor system.)
- Poets have until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time) on January 7, 2013, to submit a manuscript that can be 10-20 pages in length (not including table of contents, title page, etc.) withno more than one poem per page. So if you wrote 50 poems in November, you have to narrow them down to the best 20 (or even fewer). Submit manuscripts to email@example.com with the subject line: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge. (The subject line is very important.)
- The goal will be to announce a winning manuscript by Groundhog Day 2013.
Exciting, right? Maybe you can join in too? Let me know. The more the merrier!
Anywho, today’s warm up topic is “colours.” It’s so perfect for Autumn, I think. In fact, I love this season so much, I am posting 2 poems! The first one from Eldest, my 7 year old….and the second from little old me.
“I Like It When the Sky is Blue”
I like it when the sky is blue and the grass is green.
I like it when the lakes and ponds are blue and the trees are green.
I like it when the bees are buzzing and the melodious birds are singing their tunes to the sun,
resting peacefully high in the sky.
I like it when the ducks are gliding so gracefully in the still waters so blue.
But most of all,
I like it when the sun sets.
The beautiful sunset!
It can come in many colors…
purple and blue,
orange and pink and gold.
Maybe you will like this too…
ravishing red maple leaves
swishing with the gentle breeze
odd orange jack-o-lanterns
bunched up under the trees
youthful yellow jackets
getting fewer by the day
gorgeous green grass-laced paths
turning brownish everyday
blissful blue skies
speckled with birds migrating
ill-boding indigo horizon
bringing fearful thunder and lightning
vibrant violet sunsets
turning mountains to purple majesties