Reason 2 Rhyme – Poetry Challenge “Like, Totally!”

Here’s your Reason 2 Rhyme for the week…

Choose a word or phrase you find yourself saying often (e.g. like, totally, hate, really, kind of) and write a poem using it as much as possible, turning it over and over, repositioning it, extending it, playing with its uses and the parts of speech into which it can be shaped.

I’m late with my own poem response this week.  Funerals have a way of knocking the wind – and the words – right out of you.  Here goes…

Well, well, well

Here we are again

At least it’s better than an “um”.

 

Well, I don’t know

Welllllllll…

What Everyone Likes Least

 

Well…

That’s a deep subject, for a shallow mind (har, har, nudge, wink)

Well, Yell, Swell,

Tell it Already!

 

I can’t wait to see what all you poets come up with, since writers are naturally tuned in to repetitive words.  Hope you have fun with this, and remember to post your link below, share this site with others, and ask friends to join in!

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



You can add the happy frog link to your page by visiting here for the script…

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!

Related articles

“Letter to the Landscape” Featured Poet – BWThoughts

Congratulations to billgncs!  He was the drawing winner this week for the “Letter to the Landscape” poetry prompt from Reason 2 Rhyme.   Bill’s blog, bwthoughts, has won the Versatile Blogger Award, and his many poems and prose writing certainly reflect that.

His poem, “The River”, answered the challenge to “Write a letter to the landscape, or some place you pass by every day.”
Read it below, and visit Bill’s site for more wonderful writing!

The River

The river runs past the boy forever
each day the same and each moment different
brown and lazy on the surface
such hidden turbulence
oh so cold if you dare the depths

A hidden place, ancient train trestle bridge
long ago replaced wrought iron trusses
snapped and submitting to the weight
plunged so many to their deaths.
Leaving coins amidst the polished stones along the shore.

Do they dance here alone at night?
always the past, without hope or future
ghostly in pale moonlight
at this lonely lonely spot
where only carp recall their names

Barefoot in the shallows tin can ready
lifting rock and scuttling backwards captured
crayfish tin prison and joyous boy
swimming backwards never looking
he just had to find your rock

fossils in the shale from forever long ago
and small bare toes mark the clay along the shore
they meander like the river up and down
forever and a day from now will they find the traces
of solitary boy with tin can treasures

A young boy would walk the mile or two into the ravine and woods behind his house and seem to be the only person in the world.

The bridge that spanned the river marked the site of the Ashtabula River Railroad Disaster of 1876.

Thanks to all the participants this week, and here’s a sneak peek at Monday’s prompt…

Choose a word or phrase you find yourself saying often (e.g. like, totally, hate, really, kind of) and write a poem using it as much as possible, turning it over and over, repositioning it, extending it, playing with its uses and the parts of speech into which it can be shaped.

The prompt page will be live on Monday, July 23, with a place to post your poem in the comment section, or link directly to your page.  Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with next!

Click here to find out more about Reason 2 Rhyme!

Related articles

Reason 2 Rhyme – “Letter to the Landscape” poetry challenge/prompt

Here’s your Reason 2 Rhyme for the week…

Write a letter to a landscape or scene you pass through today (or often). For example, “Dear Williamsburg Bridge,…”

I thought this was an interesting challenge, since it forces us to take a new look at familiar landmarks or scenes we might take for granted.  Here’s my point of view on the view from my kitchen window…

English: Frogs Hole Lane Pond This pond may be...

Ozark Pond

The distance between us is ever the same

I stand

Fixed

While you wax and wane

Fickle as the moon.

 

As a lover, flush with money

You treat me to green banks

and rippling waters.

But only in the good times.

 

Now, the drought dries up your bounty,

No raining paychecks from the sky.

The scummy skin of deprivation

Stagnating

You shrink into yourself.

 

I wait for the coming change

and the day you will reach for me again.

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

You can add the happy frog link to your page by visiting here for the script…

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!