Reason2Rhyme “Postcard Poem” Featured Poet – Randy Mazie

Congratulations to this week’s poetry prompt random drawing winner, Randy Mazie!  He’s a repeat offender regular contributor who shares his special gift for words at his blog, The Writer’s Village.  His response to the Postcard Prompt is below:

Postcards from the Heart

Still in town.
I needed time to think.
Dropped this down
The chute. Had me a drink.

I need space.
I never did intend
To embrace
A love that would extend

As far as we have gone.
I need this time alone.

As close as PO Box 1378
***********************

Take it. I
Completely understand.
How and why
Are questions that command

Time and thought
Without the two, we could
Come to naught
And with the two we should

Gracefully comprehend
The next step or the end.

You know where I am.
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Randy Mazie

Thanks to all the participants in the Reason 2 Rhyme weekly poetry prompt, and here is a sneak peek at next week’s challenge…

Write a poem about (or to!) an inanimate object that has little or no monetary value.

The prompt page will be live on Monday, August 13, 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!

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Reason 2 Rhyme Poetry Prompt – “Postcard Poem”

In the spirit of summer vacation (not that I’ve had one in years…) the following poetry prompt is designed to let us stretch our horizons using another form of brief writing…The Postcard.

Back of a postcard postmarked 1908; old postcard.

Write a poem in the disguise of a postcard message. Continue by writing a reply postcard message.

Keep the length brief, and give the recipient a sense of the place you’re visiting or the space you’re occupying. The location from which you write can be imagined or real. Alternatively, buy a postcard, and try to write a poem based on the image or photograph on the front of the postcard.

Here’s a sample from Christine Laennec:

And another that I am working on now…

Beach erosion

(Photo credit: kevin dooley)

Hey, Babe

Made it to the beach.

Found the bag in the back,

Our account’s in the black.

It’s just like you said – and no one

asks my name.

Hope you make it soon,

Love from Playa del Sol

 

To: Resident, Beach House 17

Glad you made the trip okay.

I’ll be a little late –

Never should have trusted Nate.

Wish I could see you in that bikini.

Always use your sunscreen,

I’ll be there in twelve to fifteen.

Love, Cell Block D-9

And if you really love postcard poetry, try the Postcard Poets site – you can subscribe to receive a poem via post 2x a month, and discover new poets!

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




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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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“Book Spine Poem” Featured Poet – Monique Shante

Congratulations to this week’s poetry prompt winner, Monique Shante!  Her blog explores flash fiction and poetry (but her About Me page is a must-read of 25 fascinating facts)…and her response to the challenge, “Create a Book Spine Poem by layering titles to make a meaningful statement” celebrates all things literary.

Following is her original poem, How Fiction Works:

How fiction works:

Invisible man playing in the dark

Kicking tongues just above my head–

The art of the story!

Book List:

How Fiction Works by James Wood

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Playing in the Dark by Toni Morrison

Kicking Tongues by Karen King-Aribisala

Just Above My Head by James Baldwin

The Art of the Story by Daniel Halpern

Thanks to all the participants in the Reason 2 Rhyme weekly poetry prompt, and here is a sneak peek at next week’s challenge…

Write a poem in the disguise of a postcard message. Continue by writing a reply postcard message.

The prompt page will be live on Monday, August 6, 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!

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