If you celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, I hope you enjoyed it! Today, it’s time to wake up from that turkey coma and get those entries in for “Poetry…Cubed!” before it wraps up this Monday!
Although I’ve explained the premise behind this challenge before, here are the very simple rules:
- Use the 3 images below as inspiration to write a poem.
- The poem can be any form, any number of lines, rhyming or not.
- The only hitch is that you need to include a reference to all three images in the poem – either via concrete imagery or something more abstract.
Email your poem to me at Matt (at) MattForrest (dot) com before Nov. 30! Out of all the poems entered, ONE lucky writer will be chosen at random to receive his/her choice of:
- a) the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations (Pomelo Books) which was published earlier this year,
- b) the Poetry Friday Anthology for Science (Pomelo Books), which came out in 2014, or
- c) a handmade milkweed pod Christmas ornament (from right here in New Hampshire) similar to the ones in the photo.
Your three images (click to enlarge any of them):
Do you accept the challenge? I’ll post all the poems I’ve received and announce the winner next Friday, Dec. 4. Numerous poems have come in since last week, including a THIRD from Jessica Bigi, who’s on FIRE! Here are the most recent:
Autumn, in a bittersweet mood, once more
makes a puppet of me, puts me right here
next to the wood stove, makes me say
“I don’t know if the fire will catch,”
makes me turn and watch as the fire catches,
makes me turn back and clap my hands,
makes me say “Time for tea,” makes me dance
a little let’s-have-tea-by-the-fire two-step
just like last year and the year before.
I’m nothing in November if not predictable,
but it’s out if my hands, firmly in his:
Autumn, the puppeteer who paints the scenery,
pulls all my strings, knows all my lines,
and me, his well-loved marionette, his little toy.
– Julie Larios
Writing a Cubed Poem
– Karen Eastlund
Go Team Go
– Jessica Bigi
Looking for more poetry? You’re in luck! Just head over to Carol’s Corner for the Poetry Friday roundup, with all of today’s links ready and waiting for you!
And be sure to send your poems to me at Matt (at) MattForrest (dot) com before this Mon. Nov. 30, to be eligible to win!