Our month long excursion into poetry had ended. Again, it was a rocky road. The subject didn’t please everyone. After starting out like gangbusters, we sailed into the sunset  with our loyal poets who were able to complete the task! We’ve survived. It always was about our survival.

And so we’ll begin the stretch run to the end of the year touting that fact. Write a survival poem. A completion poem perhaps. What situation (not thinking poetic challenge here) were you able to “survive?”  Which task have you completed with which you are extremely proud?

Again, thank you to all our poets for giving an effort in trying the July prompts. As we get back to “normal” here (at least we can have that) remember that our Sunday Seed is posted weekly. And our Inform Poet hits on Wednesday. Friday’s “For Your Consideration” Flash Fiction/poem prompt will be offered every other Friday. Enjoy the rest of your poetic summer and we’ll see you in the garden!



She was planted with care,
right there
where her dark leaves and white flowers
would give hours of joy each day.
But it hasn’t worked that way.

Years have passed
since she last bloomed.
She seemed entombed
immured, as she simply

until Keith dug her up,
changed the makeup below,
which allowed the free flow
of water to root, and
we can’t dispute the wonder.

Once freed from earth’s clay,
we saw growth the first day.
Now she won’t just survive.
She’ll thrive.

© Marie Elena Good, 2020


SURVIVING LIVES, by Walter J Wojtanik

They come together to live apart,
this art of deception is for both hearts protection.
And yet time passes and two horses asses
have perfected the dance. Romance is feigned
and nothing is gained in the pretense.
Their recompense is small consolation.
They can’t live with; can’t live without.
They stay together for the sake of survival!


As we practiced social distancing, restaurants resorted to moving the dining experience outdoors. Patios emerged where there weren’t any. Streets were cordoned off and seating was extended into the resulting space. And there were the ever-present food trucks to contend with. Even a backyard wienie roast sufficed to keep the ambiance strictly airy! Take us on that dining experience (picnic is included) and express it in your words.


As with movie quotations, song lyrics offer a chance to cull some inspiration from their expression. Find something you like in one of these, or take a line from a song of your choosing and use it as an epigram upon which to base your poem. Be sure to credit the line to the artist/song or composer/song.

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery.
None but ourselves can free our minds.”
― Bob Marley

“Would you destroy something perfect in order to make it beautiful?”
― Gerard Way

“We all shine on…like the moon and the stars and the sun…we all shine on…”
― John Lennon

“I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul…”
― Bob Dylan

“I’d trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday.”
― Kris Kristofferson

“Lose your dream, you lose your mind.”
― The Rolling Stones

“These are the seasons of emotion,
and like the winds, they rise and fall.”
― Led Zeppelin

“All you need is love.”
― John Lennon

“And each one there has one thing shared;
They have sweated beneath the same sun,
Look up in wonder at the same moon,
And wept when it was all done,
For being done too soon.”
― — Neil Diamond.

“Love Is Not A choice”
― Brendon Urie