Poetry Prompt #9

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Poetry Prompt#9

I’ve gone for something simple this week…it will be interesting to see what you make of these two circles. I’ve been receiving some wonderful submissions in response to the weekly poetry prompts. Thanks to everyone who has embraced this creative exercise so enthusiastically. Please keep your poems coming in. If you’ve missed a prompt, you can catch up any time. Send your poems to traffa-m@bigpond.net.au as a Word document attachment and add a personal note about why or how you chose to write this particular poem. Happy writing! Teena

 

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Pelican Manners

By Nadine Cranenburgh

Get in line
wait your turn
The early bird gets the
worm, or in this case, the fish
Schools play hide and seek
underwater, as well as
on land, and I was
first, so I am ‘it’.
Get in line, wait
your turn, or I
might eat you
instead=

  • Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #7

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Nadine says: I imagined the sort of conversation that might happen in that situation – although the pictured pelicans look very well-mannered.

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Blueberry

by Sally Odgers

 

blueberry bluetongue

green grass green

sunshine sunshine

polish me

glow me

sinuous slithering

not-snake-just-me

blueberry bluetongue

secrecy

  • Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #8

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Sally says: Written because I almost never write free verse. I was trying to rhyme and scan throughout.

 

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Manatee Anarchy

By Bill Condon

 

There was once a well-mannered manatee,

who rarely indulged in profanity.

But when confronted with queues,

she blew every fuse

and swore with manic insanity.

 

  • Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #7

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Line Crime

by Dianne Bates

I’m sick of waiting for the bathroom
with Sister Susie taking her time
Preening herself while I’m busting to go —
that has to be a crime.

If Francis Drake had to wait in a bathroom queue
instead of setting sail on the sea,
he might not be known at all today
simply because of a pee.

 

  • Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #7

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A Zooish Riddle

by Monty Edwards

 

Today I’m all excited ’cause we’re going to the zoo

And there’s something that we’ll see there that I’ll now describe to you.

Since it’s found throughout Australia you would hardly call it rare –

Live for long in any city and you’ll surely find one there.

 

Not so common in the country, but you still may see a few,

It’s no cuddly koala nor a bounding kangaroo.

Do not think of an echidna or a little bandicoot

This is something that you’ll never ever hear described as cute.

 

In appearance, on occasions, it’s been likened to a snake,

But it’s certainly not legless in the moves that it can make.

If you see a very large one, you will wish it wasn’t so,

Should it move along quite slowly, you may even see it grow!

 

You can rule out any reptile, bird or fish that comes to mind,

But I will not tease you further, that would really be unkind.

It’s a line. No, not a lion. There, I’ve given you a clue.

It’s a line of ticket buyers gaining entry through a queue!

 

  • Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #7

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Author comment: I found the array of spellings used to convey the final sound of “queue” quite remarkable and used several. Among them, the zoo provided a useful context for the poem, as aside from rhyming with the key word, the zoo is a familiar and positive experience for most children. Describing the queue as if an unnamed exhibit seemed a good way of arousing curiosity without compromising truth on the way to a surprise conclusion.

Poetry Prompt #8

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Forget rhyme and let the words flow freely in response to this week’s Poetry Prompt. This gorgeous creature makes itself at home in my garden and allows me to enjoy the occasional close encounter. It’s a youngster and I haven’t seen Mama about for a while. Are you inspired already? I hope so. Don’t forget, if you’ve missed one of our Monday prompts, you can catch up at any time. Send your submissions to traffa-m@bigpond.net.au as a Word document attachment and add a personal note about why or how you chose to write this particular poem. Happy writing! TeenaPrompt8