Reason 2 Rhyme – “2 + 2 = Poem”

This week’s poem challenge is going to take just a peek at form.  We’ll be generous and let you choose your own to play around with (within certain boundaries), but before you begin, take a look at this short video featuring Professor Roger Bowley as he demonstrates the relationship between Shakespeare and the Number 14, or Why Poetry and Mathematics Belong Together:

So, do you believe “the numbers add a strait-jacket to constrain the poet, or are the numbers helping the poet to add beauty”? 

Here’s your Reason 2 Rhyme for the week:

Choose a poetry form that involves some kind of number requirement (a 5-7-5 syllable haiku, a Shakespearean sonnet with 14 lines/10 syllables per line, a couplet form with rhymed endings, a quatrain, or any other form where you must take numbers into account).  Write on any topic of your choice, but be sure to pause and appreciate – or denigrate – the use of numbers in a poem!

My attempt is below (but keep in mind how terrible at Mathematics I was in school!)…

Shredded Wheat
The grass is but an
Unlit fuse beneath my feet
The crunch is the same as all dead things
Summer will not fly unless
Rain will give her wings
Thunder calls

(This poem is a septet…a seven-line poem with a syllable requirement for each line: 3,5,7,9,7,5,3.)

Add your poem below in the comments, or link to your site and visit other writers by clicking the happy frog below!




Be a regular in the Reason 2 Rhyme Poetry Ring (here’s how that works…)

  • Monday Poetry Prompt – check this site for the week’s inspiration
  • Share your poem in the comment section, or link to the site where you have it posted
  • Visit other circle members and comment, like, or share their post
  • Friday Feature – one participant will be randomly drawn from the circle to be featured on this site

That’s it!  Haiku, Cinquain, Sonnet, Villanelle, Blank Verse, Free Form, Limerick… it’s all welcome!

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Reason 2 Rhyme – “This Day In History…”

Monday, July 2, 2012 Poetry Prompt…

Select one particular day in history (the world’s or your personal experience) and write a poem contrasting the same day in the present.

Here is my response to the “This Day In History..” prompt…

Summer Solstice

On this,

The Longest Day of the Year,

The Ancients would celebrate

Or sacrifice

Or prophesy.

 

Today,

Sun blazing past our bedtime,

Kids race through the sprinkler

And laugh

And squeal.

 

Tomorrow,

The Great Clock begins its descent

And the world will hibernate

Or re-create

Or perish.

 

A year from now, where will we be,

with the sun at its zenith, shining down on me?

Add your poem below in the comments, or link to your site and visit other writers by clicking the happy frog below!




Be a regular in the Reason 2 Rhyme Poetry Ring (here’s how that works…)

  • Monday Poetry Prompt – check this site for the week’s inspiration
  • Share your poem in the comment section, or link to the site where you have it posted
  • Visit other circle members and comment, like, or share their post
  • Friday Feature – one participant will be randomly drawn from the circle to be featured on this site

That’s it!  Haiku, Cinquain, Sonnet, Villanelle, Blank Verse, Free Form, Limerick… it’s all welcome!

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Reason2Rhyme – “So Cliche”

Monday, July 25, 2012 Poetry Prompt…

Choose a clichéd phrase (“fit as a fiddle,” “think out of the box,” “running on empty,” etc.) and turn it around. Use the new meaning created by this reversal to fuel a poetic meditation.

Here is my response to the “So Cliche” prompt…

“Peace of Mind” by EleArt

A Piece of My Mind

I gave him a piece of my mind

My mind should be at peace

But now, only in pieces.

The pièce de résistance

was that he never heard it

Anyway.

Add your poem below in the comments, or link to your site and visit other writers by clicking the happy frog below!


Be a regular in the Reason 2 Rhyme Poetry Ring (here’s how that works…)

  • Monday Poetry Prompt – check this site for the week’s inspiration
  • Share your poem in the comment section, or link to the site where you have it posted
  • Visit other circle members and comment, like, or share their post
  • Friday Feature – one participant will be randomly drawn from the circle to be featured on this site

That’s it!  Haiku, Cinquain, Sonnet, Villanelle, Blank Verse, Free Form, Limerick… it’s all welcome!