Welcome to our W3 Poetry Prompt, which goes live on Wednesdays at The Skeptic’s Kaddish.
You may click here for a fuller explanation of W3; but here’s the ‘tldr’ version:
The main ingredient of W3 is a weekly poem written by a Poet of the Week (PoW), which participants respond to in verse.
The second ingredient is a writing guideline (or two) provided by the PoW. Guidelines may include, but are not limited to: word counts, poetic forms, inclusion of specific words, and use of particular poetic devices.
After four days, when the prompt closes, the PoW shall select one participant’s poem as the W3 prompt for the following week, and its author becomes the next PoW.
Simple enough, right?
Okie dokie ~ Let’s do this thing!
I. The prompt poem:
A poem by Lesley Scoble
The White beach Hut guards its secrets of long summer days Locked away treasures of shells and castaways a Precious hoard of summer things Suntan oil and flotation rings. Buckets and spades, mugs and tea A private place Beside the sea The sun-Bleached porch is where I sit a Solitude of sea-sound Inside of it. I gaze above in a Haze of blue— At circling Doves (they’re gulls) And think of you. My Loves (truly) It’s true—
II. Lesley’s prompt guidelines (2 options)
Option #1: Write a ‘Minute Poem’
- Narrative poetry—Tell a story in real time of a minute;
- A 12 line poem comprised of 3 quatrains (3 stanzas of 4 lines);
- Syllabic: The first line of each stanza has 8 syllables. The following 3 lines in each stanza have 4 syllables;
- Rhyming: aabb ccdd eeff;
- Poem illustrates an event in real time of 60 seconds;
- A light hearted form of poetry that suits humorous verse.
Option #2: Write a Shakespearean Sonnet using iambic pentameter
- Tips for writing a Shakespearean Sonnet can be found here.
III. Submit: Click on ‘Mr. Linky’ below
In order to participate and share a poem, open up this blog post, outside of the WordPress reader. At the bottom, just below these words, you will see a small rectangular graphic with the words ‘Mr Linky’. Click on that to submit.
Submissions are open for 4 days, until Sunday, October 16, 10:00 AM (GMT+3)
Last week’s W3 poem
This week’s W3 prompt poem (above), composed by Lesley, was written in response to last week’s W3 prompt poem, which Steven wrote:
‘In Praise of What is Private’ by Steven S. Wallace
Were I to say what truly mattered Upon whose winds my hopes are scattered My voice I would lift up in praising The ever clever turn of phrasing That speaks in riddled kabuki notes Smiles, shakes hands and counts the votes At all times cultivating ease Starting scenes that only please Behind the glint of twinkling eyes Refrigerates an icy prize That privacy has sealed up tight You — my circling satellite Secrets on the midnight ceiling Vaulted locked never revealing This my love — what truly mattered My shell facade has just been shattered
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Ooh, options this week– exciting! I’m going to try to get one in last minute here. 😀
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I chose the minute as well, poor guy spent too much time overthinking
❤ Matt ❤
I like a good challenge. I often don’t think I give myself enough credit for tackling styles of poetry as well as I do
Great poems you 2!💞
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💘 Steven 💘
Submitted mine David
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So glad to hear that! Sending prayers and healing thoughts your way 💫 Thanks for letting us know!