POETIC BLOOMINGS

POETIC BLOOMINGS, a site established in May 2011 and which reunites Marie Elena Good and Walter J Wojtanik to help nurture and inspire the poetic spirit.

JULY P.E.O.D. MEMOIR CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – JULY 31: NOTHING LASTS FOREVER

What did you wish lasted forever? What has lasted until now? What does your future look like? Write from your life’s perspective.

 

Alternatively, write a poem about either nothing, a last poem or a forever poem.

 

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This is the last prompt from the P.E.O.D. further instructions will be posted soon.

JULY P.E.O.D. MEMOIR CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – JULY 29: IN TRIBUTE

Write a tribute poem to someone who had meant a great deal to your development, either personal or poetic. Perhaps a favored poet.

 

Alternatively, write a tribute about someone famous.

JULY P.E.O.D. MEMOIR CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – JULY 27: SAGE ADVICE

We’ve all heard of words to live by. Either a profound quote, or a motivating article. Maybe a parent or grandparent has given you good advice once. What was that advice you received that has held great significance to you? Use that as your inspiration for your poem.

 

Alternatively, sage is a spice. Write a poem to spice up your life that contains the name of a spice in the title.

Example: Running Out of Thyme

JULY P.E.O.D. MEMOIR CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – JULY 25: UNEXPECTED TURN

Things have a way of going off course or changing direction. Either by choice or design. Sort of the reason today’s prompt was delayed as badly as it has. Having issues from surgery. But as a wise woman has told me, we’ll survive. Today, write your “road not taken” poem.

Sorry for the late post.  🙂

JULY P.E.O.D. MEMOIR CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – JULY 23: LIFE IN MY SPARE TIME

Did you, do you have a hobby? Do you have an affinity for a special skill? Please share it.

 

Alternatively, write about any kind of hobby that you might find interesting.

JULY P.E.O.D. MEMOIR CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – JULY 21: SCHOOL DAYS – FAVORITE SUBJECT

What was your favorite subject in school? Any school, any grade, write about what piqued your interest whenever that was.

JULY P.E.O.D. MEMOIR CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – JULY 19: FOLLOW THAT QUOTE

The Quote:

Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire. ~Gustav Mahler

How do you preserve the fire? What tradition (if any) do you hold dear?

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Alternatively, find a quote that inspires you and write to that!

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BURN THIS TRADITION, by Walter J Wojtanik

It is every parent’s honored mission
to hold close to this one tradition,
all for this annual condition
we call Christmas. It’s your decision,
but I give to you my permission
to call it yours too! Listen,
Christmas is one time of year,
where people fill with Christmas cheer,
it is the reason we come back here
to hearth and hearts we hold so dear.
And little ones perplexed with fear,
think, “were they really good this year?”
I’ve honored Christmas each December
as far back as I can remember,
traditions are a glowing ember
that catches on fire in shades of amber.
Filling lives in greater numbers
with so much love, a special caliber
of which you’ve never known.
For it is Christmas love that’s shown,
a love that truly is home grown.
It’s this “tradition” that we hone,
one we cannot leave alone.
I’ve seen it everywhere I’ve flown.
So while I’m flying for this cause,
from high up here I’m filled with awes,
despite our very human flaws
I’m happy I can take this pause
to celebrate with you because
tradition says I am Santa Claus.

JULY P.E.O.D. MEMOIR CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – JULY 17: HAUNTING

Does something from your past come back to haunt you? Have you heard strange noises or felt haunted in the night? Had bad dreams? Told “ghost” stories? Had a “Bad Penny” moment where it just wouldn’t go away? A memory that lingers and you can’t put your finger on? Exorcise that ghost!

 

Alternatively, write a “ghost” poem.

 

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Tomorrow I have surgery scheduled that hopefully will rectify the issues with which I’ve dealt for the past two years. Since no P.E.O.D prompt is schedule for tomorrow, hopefully I’ll be up and around to participate for the Friday offering. Either way, I’ll keep up when I can.  And when you do, speak of me kindly! 😉

JULY P.E.O.D. MEMOIR CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – JULY 15: REBEL, REBEL

Were you headstrong and confrontational in your youth? Now? Were (are) you a rebel? What was it that triggered your resistance? What did you rebel against? How did you?

 

Alternatively, “Rebel, Rebel” was the title of a David Bowie song. Search his other titles and see if one would inspire you as the title of one of your poems and write it. See a partial listing below:

 

Love You Til Tuesday

Space Oddity

The Man Who Sold The World

Diamond Dogs

Young Americans

Heroes

Station-to-Station

Let’s Dance

Rebel, Rebel

Suffragette City

JULY P.E.O.D. MEMOIR CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – JULY 13: SCARIEST MOMENT

What was the scariest thing (moment) you had encountered in your life? Poem your story, give us a chill!

 

Alternatively, write about something that is scary. Maybe a phobia someone may have, or a movie that had you off the edge of your seat. I’m afraid of heights. That’s scary to me. So is struggling with a writer’s bottleneck. Write something and don’t be scared. We don’t bite… much!

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