Pantoum, Poetry by Sarah

Circles

This was my favourite weekend prompt by Sammi Scribbles this year. It was a highly relevant and timely post for me at that point and helped me express some of the feelings I was going through…

Prompt: Sammi Scribbles, Weekend Writing Prompt #35 – End Of Year Challenge

By Sarah


Ruminating; circles running in my head.
I try so hard to push these thoughts away.
They pull me back; fill me with dread.
It seems sometimes they’re here to stay.

I try so hard to push these thoughts away.
As they twist and curl around my brain.
It seems sometimes they’re here to stay.
Intent on driving me insane.

As they twist and curl around my brain.
They pull me back; fill me with dread.
Intent on driving me insane.
Ruminating; circles running in my head.

By Sarah ©2107

Author’s note: I selected the Pantoum form for my poetry because I felt it gave my thoughts the ‘running on a loop’ feel that the challenge required. I hope you enjoy it. As some of you may have gathered from my recent posts, I am struggling again with my anxiety, so this prompt helped me express certain aspects of the…

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Saturday Mix – Same Same But Different, 30 December 2017

A New Year’s Same Same But Different…

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie

Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 30 December 2017!

This week we are diving into the depths of our thesaurus and exploring the world of synonyms.

Same Same But Different
Your ‘Same Same But Different’ task is to take the five challenge words and NOT use them in your writing. That’s right, you need to dig out your thesaurus and find a synonym for each word instead.

With only one day left of 2017, we are soon to see in 2018. Therefore, your words this week have a New Year’s Eve ‘festive’ feel to them. They are:

  1. party
  2. new
  3. goodbye
  4. resolution
  5. hope

Your writing form is either poetry or prose.

Synonym Searching
Synonyms are words that are similar, or have a related meaning, to another word. They can be lifesavers when you want to avoid repeating the same word or if your word might not be the most appropriate. You can…

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Challenges by Sarah, Hawaii Five-O

Hawaii Five-O

This summer break, I am heading back to Hawaii for a holiday. Only six more sleeps and I will be setting off on a twelve day adventure to Maui and Oahu, with a dear friend!

During this time, I anticipate I will have limited wifi availability, as well as time, to participate in my regular challenges and will not be posting as often.

So, I am setting myself a mini writing challenge for each day while I am away: “To write 50 words about the day’s activities and upload my favourite photo, capturing this”.

I look forward to sharing my holiday with you in the coming weeks…stay tuned.

Haibun, Poetry by Sarah

Make It Count

some years disappoint
throwing blow after blow, but
an end is in sight

Resilience is a curious thing, never failing to deliver the message: “In life, there are ups and downs”. With the good comes the bad, for otherwise, how could we tell the difference? As 2017 draws to a close, I am filled with relief. It has been a lesson in bouncing back and never giving up. Next year I pledge 2704 positive hours. That’s 365 days times by 7.5hrs out of the 24, I am given each day. Enough time to make it count.

optimism wins
roll the dice, hope for the best
a new year awaits

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Photo by Aldric Rivat

Prompt: Bikurgirl, 100 Word Wednesday, Week 51; and also, Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, December 27th, 2017 – New Year

Photos by Sarah, Tuesday Photo Challenge

Reeds

For Frank’s photo challenge this week, he has asked us to use something ‘quotidian’ that could also represent a change from old to new. I have chosen these photos of common reeds by a lake I often walk.

As a plant, not only does the reed regenerate itself from old to new in a continuous cycle, but it bends with the breeze and is flexible to the conditions around it.

After enduring a taxing 2017, I have been much like a reed – bending and folding myself as I tackled the troubles head on…but never breaking (although I came really close a couple of times!)

Let’s hope 2018 is a little easier. Happy New Year folks…may the reeds be still for a while!

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 89 – Quotidian

Scribblings by Sarah

Unrelenting Silence

After 7 Years, the Festering Roots of their relationship were Ineffable.Their marriage was A Fairytale with a Very Bad End indeed. As they entered the Cracked Facade of The Scarlet Temple, the couple had An Unavoidable Encounter.

“I’m sick of being your Shadow Puppet!” exclaimed the wife. “I can’t wait to be free of you”.

Your I is an Illusion,” retorted the husband.

And with hearts no longer tied to the other, they went their separate ways. Famished: Into An Unrelenting Silence.

By Sarah ©️2017Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Sunday Writing Prompt #234 – It’s All In The Title. Task: Choose one or more of the titles below and fashion a poem or story around it

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Saturday Mix – Double Take, 23 December 2017

Christmas Double Take

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie

Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 23 December 2017!

This week we are seeing double with ‘Double Take’.

The ‘Double Take’ challenge focuses on the use of homophones* to build your writing piece. You have two sets of homophones and you are challenged to use all of them in your response – which can be poetry or prose.

Since ’tis the season, this week’s Double Take has a ‘Christmassy twist’ to it! Our homophone sets are:

presence -the state of being present
presentsgifts

and

holy -with religious significance
holey -perforated, with holes
wholly -fully, completely

You may be thinking to yourself, How can I use homophones in my writing?
Luckily, Kat at Literary Devices, has some examples for you.

Example of Homophones in Literature
This poem is filled homophones (marked in bold). They create a humorous effect in the poem through having…

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Pantoum, Poetry by Sarah

Festive Times

Time to decorate the old fir tree
Bring the ornaments out of their box
Who gets to place the star? Hope it’s me!
We hang our Christmas socks.

Bring the ornaments out of their box
Decorate the house festively
We hang our Christmas socks
It’s nearly time for roast turkey

Decorate the house festively
Dressed in finery and frocks
It’s nearly time for roast turkey
Drinking egg nog on the rocks

Dressed in finery and frocks
Time to decorate the old fir tree
Drinking egg nog on the rocks
Who gets to place the star? Hope it’s me!

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Saturday Mix, Lucky Dip – 16 December 2017. Task – Write a pantoum about the Christmas/holiday season, and also, Sammi Scribbles, Weekend Writing Prompt, #33 – Time. Poetry Challenge – Write a poem of no more than 20 lines where the first line:
• starts with the word “Time”
• is repeated at least twice

Scribblings by Sarah

Walking Away

What a slippery time has been had this year.
A shock really, that I haven’t been broken.
Always taking care to screen my face and
lock my tongue, so it doesn’t run away.

I have leashed a chain around my thoughts
as I realise the shards of discontent.
Instead of hitting out, I hit the grass with my shoes.
A walk can always cure what ails you…

By Sarah ©2017

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Image credit Pixabay

Prompt: Sunday Whirl, Wordle 330. Words: broken, time, slippery, shock, screen, chain, shard, grass, runner, tongue, lock, shoe

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Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 16 December 2017

Pantoum-ing it up this week…

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie

Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 16 December 2017!

This week I have reached into my mystery bag and pulled out a Pantoum! Your challenge, is to write a Pantoum poem about the Christmas / holiday season.

You may be thinking to yourself, What on earth is Pantoum?

Luckily, Forward Poetryhas an explanation…
Apantoumis a type of poem with a verse form consisting of three or more stanzas. It has a set pattern within the poem of repetitive lines.

The pattern in each stanza is where the second and fourth line of each verse is repeated as the first and third of the next. The pattern changes though for the last stanza to the first and third line are the second and fourth of the stanza above (penultimate). The last line is a repeat of the first starting line of the poem and the third line of…

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Haiku / Senryu, Poetry by Sarah

Steampunk

Steampunk themed party.
Need to find something to wear!
Victorian flair.

By Sarah ©2017

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Image credit Pixabay

Prompt: Ronovan Writes, Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt, Challenge #179 – flare (flair) and steam

Author’s Note: Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Steampunk worlds are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage.