INKpals’ One Poem a Day Challenge – Day 26

Today’s assignment is to write a poem using the following phrase “restlessness was never a problem.” You can use it to begin a poem, to end it or as a transition. We have four more days of assignments for National Poetry Month after today and I look forward to closing out this month with some very challenging assignments.

Happy Writing!

-Enzo (INKpals)

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Enzo Silon Surin on April 26th 2012 in National Poetry Month

INKpals’ One Poem a Day Challenge – Day 25

Today’s assignment is to write a poem about color. You can write about how the color reminds you of something and what sort of emotions it evokes. The one thing that I want you to avoid is a poem that uses the cliche of “feeling blue.” No poem about being blue, The Blues and so on. Make it simple but challenge yourself to go beyond the cliches. Check out today’s example.

Today’s example is a poem by Rachel Contreni Flynn.

YELLOW BOWL

if the rug beneath us
is woven with tough flowers,
and the yellow bowl on the table

rests with the sweet heft
of fruit, the sun-warmed plums…

Happy Writing!

-Enzo (INKpals)

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Enzo Silon Surin on April 25th 2012 in National Poetry Month

INKpals’ One Poem a Day Challenge – Day 24

Today’s assignment is to write a poem about what is currently in your pocket book, purse or wallet. Yes, just like the Capital One commercials, I do want to know what’s in your wallet. But don’t try to add things to them just to make your poem interesting. Write about whatever you find in there and let the poem take its course. I  believe one can write a poem of just about anything. And this being day 24, when we may start to slack off a little, I wanted an assignment that forces us to be creative again; to stretch us toward the finishing line. Who knows, it may be your best poem yet.

Today’s example is from a wonderfully simple poem by Richard Jones.

CHERRIES IN THE SNOW

Whenever I went searching
in her coat pocket or purse
for coins or candy
I’d find, crumpled, those small white tissues
covered with bloodred kisses….

Happy Writing!

-Enzo (INKpals)

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Enzo Silon Surin on April 24th 2012 in National Poetry Month

INKpals’ One Poem a Day Challenge – Day 23

Today’s assignment is to write a poem about a dream. Sometimes I think poems read like a dream; you have a sense of familiarity though you’ve never experienced the people or the places in the poem personally. But how wonderful sometimes to have that lingering effect take hold of you. Unless of course, the dream was not such a pleasant one. Either way, you will end up with a wonderful poem. And sometimes, it can even lead to a very funny poem.

Today’s example is from a delightfully funny poem by Jack Prelutsky.

LAST NIGHT I DREAMED OF CHICKENS

Last night I dreamed of chickens,
there were chickens everywhere,
they were standing on my stomach,
they were nesting in my hair,
they were pecking at my pillow,
they were hopping on my head…

Happy Writing!

-Enzo (INKpals)

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Enzo Silon Surin on April 23rd 2012 in National Poetry Month