Shine on, diamond Make our home in velvet skies We’re not meant for wordly eyes Spark up, feel love Every night when we’re alone You know I like to hear you moan Go slow, no no You know that’s not our pace We’re always trying to win the race I know you like it just like me You know that love can set us free I die every night with you Making shades of red and blue So let’s start running to love So let’s start running to us Today, we challenge you to honor this idea with a poem based in sound. The poem,Read More →

stars shine out of line astral drift spacial rift realign redefine constellation slow migration tides shift cosmic grift water freeze spring breeze Polaris rise in southern skies ignite the night celestial light And now for our daily prompt (optional as always). I’ve found this one rather useful in trying to ‘surprise’ myself into writing something I wouldn’t have come up with otherwise. Today, I’d like you to take one of the following statements of something impossible, and then write a poem in which the impossible thing happens: The sun can’t rise in the west. A circle can’t have corners. Pigs can’t fly. The clock can’tRead More →

Here he comes They whisper whisper See his eyes Indigo dreams They stare stare Hold him hold him Almost there So hungry hungry They feed feed He whispers I love you And they spin spin Tears fall Ripples in the reflection They wail and beg More more He whispers I miss you And they tumble Drunken revelers Drinking pure emotion He whispers I’m sorry They shine shine And he sees For a moment The loved one And now for our (optional) prompt. In her interview, Brim provides us with several suggestions for generative writing exercises, and we’d like to challenge to today to tackle herRead More →

Let’s have a rebellion someone said We wont paint the roses red So the Queen will have our heads Hoorah we’ll wake up dead No more confirming to her ways No more caring what she says We can while away our days Paint them pinks and blues and greys You know she wont suspect a thing You know she’ll probably blame the King Remove his head with just one swing That has such a lovely ring The Queen will be all alone Sitting on her gaudy throne No one to hear her moan Finally reaping what she’s sown Our prompt for the day (optional asRead More →

I met a demon once he was a devil in disguise I really should have known by the fire in his eyes He took my hand you understand the epitome of charm with a wicked kiss and a granted wish he silenced my alarm too late I recognised the trouble I was in as we sealed our deal it seemed unreal but I could feel a change within they say it’s better the devil you know but it’s better the devil you don’t he doesn’t know the things you’ve done what you will and what you wont take a lesson from my story when aRead More →

the lights are shining in your eyes I can’t see just where you look could be you’re staring right at me as I hide behind this book wish I knew what you were thinking wish I could read what’s on your mind are you thinking how friends and lovers are never easy to find your lips are moving and you’re smiling your hand is reaching out for who the air disrupts as someone passes they’ve got a smile just for you the lights are shining in my eyes that’s why there’s tears in them too or maybe this book is really sad guess I shouldRead More →

Dear future self… Did you miss the memo? I thought we had agreed There was a better path Ahead for you and me We planned those monthly meetings To chart all our progress I guess we missed a couple On purpose I confess Truth is I love us both But I love chocolate a little more I know I said I’d exercise But it’s such a boring chore Let’s make a note for next time To set a more realistic goal Instead of eating Camembert We’ll try chicken soup for the soul   …a poem that addresses the future, answering the questions “What does y(our)Read More →

minute to minute hour to hour rain is falling steak is sizzling in the distance a siren a radio someone somewhere is dancing someone somewhere is singing me I am waiting minute to minute hour to hour day to day week to week counting down week to week day to day hour to hour minute to minute in the distance footsteps   Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of simultaneity – in which multiple things are happening at once.    Read More →

magic dust shimmers an incantation for love beneath new moonlight …write poems in which mysterious and magical things occur. Your poem could take the form of a spell, for example, or simply describe an event that can’t be understood literally. Feel free to incorporate crystal balls, fauns, lightning storms, or whatever seems fierce and free and strange. Photo by Mervyn Chan on UnsplashRead More →

Time passes In increments of You Days Since We met Hours We are Apart Each throb (Of) My heart Beating Pounding To the rhythm of Your name As I Gasp Sigh Want more Of you Always Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that stretches your comfort zone with line breaks. That could be a poem with very long lines, or very short lines. Or a poem that blends the two. You might break to emphasize (or de-emphasize) sounds or rhymes, or to create a moment of hesitation in the middle of a thought. Photo by Felipe P. Lima Rizo on UnsplashRead More →

failure on your tongue bitter tang of brussel sprouts hard to swallow whole Today, we challenge you to write a poem that is about something abstract – perhaps an ideal like “beauty” or “justice,” but which discusses or describes that abstraction in the form of relentlessly concrete nouns. Adjectives are fine too! What a great prompt, such possibilities! Love as confectionery, sugary sweet fairly floss, salted caramel toffee, or chocolate, dark and bitter or filled with sweet surprises. Sounds good right? I thought so but I wrote that instead.  Read More →

Today, we challenge you to try this out yourself by writing a list poem in which all the items are made-up names. If band names don’t inspire, how about a list of titles for romantic novels? Some guys were sitting around one day We need a name for the crap we play Something clever, not too cute How about ‘The Dancing Groot’? That got one cheer but three more groans Maybe something more our own ‘30 Odd Foot of Grunts’ is taken How about ‘We’re Stirred Not Shaken’? ‘The Forgotten Four’ or ‘We Don’t Suck’ ‘Shut The Door’ Something about ‘Luck’? ‘Snapchat This’ or ‘TwitterRead More →

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Taking a cue from our craft resource, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that plays with voice. “Love never lingers overlong” He strummed a chord and wrote his song “Stars only shine when you’re around” Always looking for the perfect sound “Hum this tune, hold this beat” He thought the world was at his feet “We’ll make it one day, you’re the song of my heart” Years went by and we drifted apart He moved to Memphis for the inspiration Five months later he’s an overnight sensation Singing the songs he wrote for meRead More →

Today’s prompt is one we’ve used before, but it gets great results, and who can argue with results? So today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem in the form of a love letter . . . to an object. Ideally, the poem will be a kind of riddle, where it’s not totally obvious that the addressee is your beloved childhood pogo stick, or a dish of pad thai from your favorite restaurant, until near the end. This is a great opportunity to play with some of the clichés and tropes of love poetry. But while this kind of poem can be aRead More →

In the fading light I hear it A mournful cry so wild ‘Run baby run,’ you whisper I stare into the dark, beguiled In the drifting shadows I see it The glimmer of a smile ‘Run baby run,’ you whisper I’m enraptured by his style On the sandy shore I feel it His languid sensual touch ‘Run baby run,’ you whisper I’m caught up in the rush On the moonlit beach you take it My heart, my soul complete ‘Stay baby stay,’ you whisper I’m in your arms, replete Written in response to Sue Vincent’s Thursday photo prompt Dusk #writephoto prompt found via Robbie CheadleRead More →

I can’t explain can’t say quite why but this daily prompt really caught my eye It made me think of the meaning of fluff soft fibers, silly writing or kittens, and stuff I stopped at the writing since this is a blog and thought about things in the punctuation catalogue it sprang to my mind with nary a thought the oxford comma is well under sought I offer you memes to show you their use and one as a caution of comma abuse I hope this helps and saves you regret when that missing comma means you cooked your petRead More →

I could dash a note Rhyme a few lines Let you think I’m doing just fine I can lie with a smile Pretend I’m okay While I wait for this pain To fade away It’s a sad refrain A forgotten song A piece of a puzzle That didn’t belong It’s a different time It’s another place It’s a fantasy world Where I feel your embrace It’s a broken night It’s a shattered day It’s knowing that Life’s better this wayRead More →

I’m no paragon of virtue, vice is too much fun I’m never being chased, yet I’m always on the run I’m lusting over here, and preening over there Everything is to excess, consumption everywhere Don’t be jealous of my ways, you know we’re all the same We leave the mess for someone else, and go on with our games There’s a question in your eyes, am I proud of what I’ve done? I don’t have time to think of that, I’m too busy having fun! I might leave you sad and broken, I might leave you mad and crazy I might care for you anotherRead More →

Days go by in increments Seconds, minutes, hours Still I’m here alone Staring at the flowers You sent them to appease A token of your regret For that thing you don’t remember The one I can’t forget You radiate such charm No one would ever know The real you that you hide The one that lurks below The face they’ll never see That haunts me in my dreams The monster that you are That loved to hear my screamsRead More →

Watch me cry my bitter tears Slowly washing away my fears I’m standing stronger than before Since you don’t love me anymore The words you said you can’t recall We were always headed for this fall The time for change has passed us by There’s nothing left to do but cry Cry baby, as I walk away Cry baby, I wont rue this day Cry baby, we weren’t meant to last Cry baby, now I’m in your pastRead More →

I wrote some purple prose Filled it with profanity Thrusting and grinding Lust induced insanity My language was too strong I was censored and redacted I had to cut some words My scenes were too protracted Here’s what I was left with The editor’s edition They say it’s fairly good But still needs some revision Once upon a time there was a girl She ventured out into the world She met a boy and long story short He was kind and sweet and just her sort They went on a date They had a little fun Fell in love and got married Then the storyRead More →

Are you the person you want to be When you look inside, who do you see What’s on the label that you hide away Did you walk your path, or did you go astray You’re the sum of your parts and the life that you live You’re the pain that you cause and the joy that you give Who are you when darkness falls When you’re alone with your mind When you’re climbing the walls When you look inside, what do you find A truth you believe and a life lived well A satisfied mind and a safe place to dwellRead More →

I waited for Red outside that night She came out the door with a wolf at her side I took to the shadows to watch and to wait What happened next could decide her fate If she gave him my smile I might attack Spew vile words I couldn’t take back If she held his hand I could explode Slash and rip until warm blood flowed I could become the monster she feared in the dark The beast from her nightmares who broke her heart With claws and teeth I’d show no mercy Complete the tale with no controversy Or I could change the storyRead More →

Will you baptise me with your love Will you immerse me in your desire Will you let me hold your heart Will you bathe me in your fire Will you find me in the darkness Will you lead me to the light Will you compel me to your wishes Will you make this all seem right Will you drown me in attention Will you subvert my one true will Will you desecrate my body Will I be your favourite killRead More →

I have no desire to be The belle of the ball Not looking for attention Didn’t ask them to fall I’m just looking for a face Searching for a chance Waiting for a moment This game becomes a dance There’s a fire in his eyes There’s a promise in his stare There’s a warning in his smile A sense of menace in the air If I were smarter I would run But I just can’t turn away He’s my Wolf and I’m his Red It’s all been building to this dayRead More →

careful what you wish for words whisper through my mind spent so long searching for but never thought to find a girl timid and reticent shy and so demure but one with fire in her eyes a heart and soul so pure her hair awash in flame her eyes a golden snare her smile unforgettable an answer to my prayer she’s all of that and more and much to my delight she’s not hiding any longer I’ve got her in my sight there’s no question in my mind no doubt we’re meant to be it’s time to win her over prove she’s the one forRead More →

There’s no slowing down I wont hesitate Want to stake my claim I just can’t wait Been playing a game Indulged in a dance Now is the time I wont miss this chance Got to find the right words To make her believe She’s the one for me I’m all that she needs Will I win her heart Will I claim her soul Will we be together Will she make me wholeRead More →

Here’s the thing It’s been such fun He knows I’m me So should I run Red is Poppy Poppy is Red Should I stick around See what’s ahead Or do I go Resume the chase Play the game Win the race I want to stand strong Front and center See if that wolf Is a friend or tormentor Not a game any more It’s my life and his Could this really be A love not to missRead More →

I was filled with wonder As I backed away He called me Poppy Though I wore my face He knew who I was Likely always had But had played along That wolf so bad What came next? Did I need a hideout? I waited for a growl Expected a shout But he stood and he smiled And he let me go What was he thinking? Would I ever know? I made my way home Found the message he’d sent ‘See you soon’ he’d written But which ‘you’ had he meant Did he like me as Poppy Or better as Red Were we one and theRead More →