PROMPT #331 – I DIDN’T SIGN UP FOR THIS…

As April poetry month quickly approaches and we pick up the gauntlet of another Poem-A-Day challenge, we will fill the gap until April Fools Day with a "volunteer" poem.  Once Wednesday is gone, it's down to business!

MARIE'S OFFERING:

“PALM SUNDAY”

She carried her King –
Prince of Peace, and Lord of all,
while suckling her foal.

© Marie Elena Good, 2021

“Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.” ~ Matthew 21:1-5

WALT’S OFFERING:

TO THE SHOW

Today I come a man of words
speaking THE Word.
A passion play so profound.
A move found much within
to start believing again.
Life’s most perfect Author. 
My voice will be calm,
my words steady.
A rookie In the starting rotation,
”Put me in coach, I’m ready!

(c) Walter J Wojtanik- 2021

2021 April Poem-a-Day Announcement!

April is quickly approaching, and that means The Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides editor, Robert Lee Brewer, will be hosting his annual April Poem-a-Day Challenge (where Walt and I, and many of us “met!”). I plan to provide Robert’s 2021 April P.A.D. Challenge prompts right here at Poetic Bloomings every day for the entire month of April. As has become our custom, we will suspend our own prompts, in favor of simply poeming alongside the WD Poetic Asides group.

If you share your poems here (and we hope you will!), we want to be clear about one thing:  The idea is not to take away from Robert’s site, but to have a small, safe place where our Bloomers can easily share our poems daily, and interact and encourage one another throughout the month.  It is important to recognize that the prompts for Robert’s April PAD are 100% his own. Very unfortunately for him, and through no fault of his own, the WD site became user-unfriendly. No need to wait for moderation or sign up for a third-party platform here at Bloomings.  We are a small and intimate group. We know you!  And we are better for it!

IN ADDITION: It looks like Robert initiated his 10-day challenge “count down” to April. It began yesterday (March 22). If you would like to get on board there, here is a link to yesterday’s prompt: 2021 April PAD Challenge Countdown: T-minus 10 – Writer’s Digest .

Connect, keep healthy, and poem on!

Marie Elena

PROMPT #330 – I CHALLENGE YOU

Sometimes writing is a challenge. But as I’ve always prescribed… inspiration is found wherever we look. So we’re going to find our inspiration in the mundane… with a twist. We will write a “challenge” poem. At the end of our poem we will choose one of our poets and give them a topic upon which to muse. Any form, any style, any subject within reason are game. Watch for the gauntlet to be thrown in your direction and write your poem(s).

MARIE’S CHALLENGE:

EASIER SAID THAN MUM

She spewed out a detailed confession.
Her friend made a robust suggestion:
Don’t let your mouth gush –
You must learn to hush
when asked a rhetorical question.


© Marie Elena Good, 2021

I challenge Damon Dean to write a tight-lipped poem.  😀 

WALT’S CHALLENGE:

CHALLENGE EVERYTHING

Do you take everything for granted?
And does your truth live within you?
Are questions that are never asked ever answered?
Is it right to set your own standards?
Or should you demand to know how to go?
Is the road less traveled always a good choice?
Does your voice ever come unraveled?
Do you allow no to be a solution?
Can roadblocks bring you to some conclusion?

© Walter J Wojtanik - 2021

My challenge goes out to Sara McNulty to write a "Horizon" poem.

PICTURE THIS – EKPHRASTIC POETRY 3

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WALT’S OFFERING:

EYES LIKE A HAWK

I sit and purvey from my perch on high,
spying the horizon and the rising tide.
I'm here on my branch for a chance to rest
before life's journey comes to a close.
You'd suppose I could see as clearly from the sky,
but my eyes aren't what they used to be.
Sometimes I can see in the finest detail
without fail; sometimes the tiniest things
escape me. So here I will stand to scan
what nature has to offer in my hit and miss
world. Every bird of prey has its day.
It appears mine is a Wednesday.
I'll be watching, and if you're not careful,
I'll be snatching you up in my talons.

© Walter J Wojtanik – 2021

PROMPT #329 – HEAD IN A CLOUD

Springtime approaches and at last we can get out and enjoy it (soon enough anyway). Today we offer this flower cloud of words. And no better topic to explore in this garden than tending our garden. Use whatever words that move you and write what we used to call “Beautiful Blooms”! Plant your verbal seeds and see what grows.

MARIE’S VERBAL BOUQUET:

Bloom confidently.
Even breeze-scattered seed is
rooted by God’s breath.

© Marie Elena Good, 2021

WALT’S PLANTING:

WAITING IN THE SHADE

It takes great patience
to wait in the shade after
making room for your blooms to blossom.
You’ve cleared the leaves
of autumns past, those that have lasted
through the winter. They scatter now
in the winds of this new spring. 
The thing is, you’ve shed your seeds
to water and nurture; to grow hearty
as much as they will grow in your heart
of dreams and illusions.  Their intrusion
into the world will be most welcome. 
To pick and pluck, to harvest as each
aromatic flowering rose or delicious vegetable 
comes to ripen. Still, you hearken,
always waiting in the shade 
for love to grow, a bountiful feast for all!

© Walter J Wojtanik - 2021

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WALT’S EFFORT:

STRANGER ON THE SHORE

Here I stand watching the tide go out.
There is no doubt your memory lives here, and I’m
So all alone and blue just dreaming dreams of you.
You linger in each moment that haunts my mind.

I watched your ship as it sailed out to sea,
the gentle waves complicit in your departure.
Taking all my dreams and taking all of me,
leaving nothing but this shell of a man, unsure.

The sighing of the waves
sounds like the sighs of you,
The wailing of the wind
fills my sails alone.
The tears in my eyes burn
and I yearn for one more look,
Pleading, “My love, return”,
a happy ending to our book.

Why, oh, why must I go on like this?
I hunger for your kiss, your breath of love.
Shall I just be a lonely stranger on the shore?
Darling, how I miss my angel from above.

Why, oh, why must I go on like this?
Return to me in bliss, and share our love again.
Shall I just be a lonely stranger on the shore,
Or truly a man in love to share his heart again.

**The italicized lines are the original lyrics written by Mr. Acker Bilk for his composition “Stranger on the Shore”

Intertwined lines (C) Copyright Walter J Wojtanik

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The term ekphrastic (also spelled ecphrastic) is a Greek expression meaning – description. Using details, writers in ancient Greece attempted to put words to visual mediums. Before long, poets went beyond description to explore deeper meanings. Today, the word ekphrastic can refer to a literary response to a non-literary work.

So, in a sense, Ekphrastic poetry explores art. The poet/writer engages with a painting, drawing, sculpture, or any form of visual art. Poetry about music and dance could also be seen as a type of ekphrastic writing.

Use the above photograph as the emphasis for your poem.

PROMPT #328 – LET’S STAY TOGETHER

Rev. Al Green was just on the player, singing his hit “Let’s Stay Together.” It got me thinking about things that are linked together or should be together. Even thought of some things that would be unusual pairings (I do tend to be unusual from time to time) and what their relation would amount to! There’s “Dollars to donuts,” bacon and eggs (or “Green Eggs and Ham,” Thank you, Ted Geisel!), Hall and Oates, for a few examples.

So, for the sake of togetherness, write about a pairing that should stay together or come together. Search the moon and stars for an inspiration, and write your poem. No link will be broken!

MARIE’S PART

UNTITLED

My Shepherd knows me.
He named me, just as He named
each star in the sky.

© Marie Elena Good, 2021

“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart…”  ~Isaiah 40:11a

P.S.
Were I to name the piece above,
Perhaps I’d call it God and Love,
or Know and Known,
or Never Alone.

I’d maybe name it Sky and Stars,
Perhaps I’d lean toward His and Ours,
or Tend and Keep …
or Shepherd and Sheep.

WALT’S PART:

ICE PACKS AND HEATING PADS

The yin and yang of aches and pains,
my weapons in a constant war!
Where medications miss the mark
I hearken for these modalities.
Not a finality by any stretch,
but, it’s good right now, right here.
And right here and here.
Heat it up and chill it down.
It satisfies this aging clown!

© Walter J. Wojtanik – 2021

WALT’S BONUS:

WALT AND MARIE

They met in a mélange of a poetry challenge
a dozen long years ago.
And they became lasting fans of each other’s,
the way the story goes.
Neophytes both of poetic ways
(to way back to their earlier days)
She, an aspiring children’s author,
he a perspiring music composer.
But he liked what she wrote
and how she encouraged.
And she liked his voice, a choice
to keep her from getting discouraged.
Two “top guns” holstered,
prodded and bolstered, helped
along their poetic ways. No end in sight
as long as they chose the right
to write what they chose.
Opposed on Eerie’s ends.
Two friends who have never met,
but you can bet they know each other
well. It’s not hard to tell,
why they’ve stayed together!

© Walter J Wojtanik – 2021

Love this, Walt!  Thank you, and I couldn’t agree more.  Thankful for you, my partner-in-rhyme! 
Marie

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WALT’S OFFERING:

GIVING DIRECTION

Sailing through life.
A tumultuous trek full 
of waves and high winds
wreaking havoc on waters once docile.

Our destination is not quite clear.

We search, but it can’t be seen from here,
but at the end of that horizon
lies the end of the horizon.

You’ll ask yourself: Did I love?

Fully; unconditionally?
There was never a price on love,
but its value was infinite.

Yet, we pose to give love away.

That is to say that what we dispatch,
should match what we receive, and do not believe
the blessings you bestow on others

do not flow back to you. They do.
It is true. Love is the compass 
of life’s journey. If you value love
and give your love away, you’re well on your way.

Love leads to love.
It gives us our direction.
Value love! Ahoy!

© Walter J Wojtanik – 2021

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The term ekphrastic (also spelled ecphrastic) is a Greek expression meaning – description. Using details, writers in ancient Greece attempted to put words to visual mediums. Before long, poets went beyond description to explore deeper meanings. Today, the word ekphrastic can refer to a literary response to a non-literary work.

So, in a sense, Ekphrastic poetry explores art. The poet/writer engages with a painting, drawing, sculpture, or any form of visual art. Poetry about music and dance could also be seen as a type of ekphrastic writing.

Use the above photograph as the emphasis for your poem.