Monthly Archives: October 2013

Poetry Writing Exercises 214: Thursday 31st October

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

214 jacket 112381You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: bell, clapping, three, David, barrow
  2. Random: walking uphill
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: The First One

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Poetry Writing Exercises 213: Wednesday 30th October

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

213 bench 818659You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: national, everywhere, earlier, society, river
  2. Random: a commission
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Installing the figure…

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Poetry Writing Exercises 212: Tuesday 29th October

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

SpanishVillaYou can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: here, happy, party, today, Birmingham
  2. Random: a warm heart
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Fissured

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Poetry Writing Exercises 211: Monday 28th October

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

bank pictureYou can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: truly, queue, inside, ride, electronic
  2. Random: warm welcome
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Write a first-person poem – becoming famous

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Poetry Writing Exercises 210: Friday 25th October

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

210 restaurant 135323You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: certain, decide, intend, poison, position
  2. Random: the Mafia
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: velvet

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Poetry Writing Exercises 209: Thursday 24th October

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

209 clown 54765You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: fact, prompt, promises, deliver, curtail
  2. Random: slow then quick
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: The Mask

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Poetry Writing Exercises 208: Wednesday 23rd October

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

208 ear 75489You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: powerful, yet, mostly, latter, collection
  2. Random: crossroads
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Opening the…

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Poetry Writing Exercises 207: Tuesday 22nd October

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

SONY DSCYou can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: poodle, puddle, cuddle, huddle, muddle
  2. Random: the sixth story / storey
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Twisted

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Poetry Writing Exercises 206: Monday 21st October

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

206 trolley 179673You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: silent, silence, silencer, sweet, sweep
  2. Random: tough decision
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Write a first-person poem – a ticking clock

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Poem for Critique 019: The Procrastinator by Jim Scott

JimWelcome to Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group and the nineteenth poem submitted to this blog for feedback. This piece is by Jim Scott.

Please do comment in the section below telling us what you liked about this poem and, what if anything, the author could do to improve upon it. Thank you – it’s very much appreciated!

The Procrastinator

There’s many repair jobs I know must be done,
And every one needs me to do it.
But one key component, of which I have none,
Prevents me from starting on even but one,
For I’ve lost it and cannot renew it.

I’ve looked in my tool box and every drawer
‘Til finally I sat down and drew it
And showed every hardware and D.I.Y. store;
They just asked what I wanted one of those for
And called me a fool to pursue it.

Couple of times though I thought I had found
What could work, ‘till I started to view it.
T’was then that my mind began coming unwound,
‘Coz I saw it was oblong ….. and I needed round …..
And I realized how badly I blew it.

The job list kept lengthening day after day;
I became overwhelmed when I knew it.
Without that damn item there just was no way
I could hope to avoid this on-going delay
Before starting to work my way through it.

I tried then the oval one, even the square,
But neither could help me to do it.
The triangle may as well not have been there;
Oh! If ever I am going to start to repair
All those broken things waiting for me everywhere
It’s essential I find what seems one of a kind
Or I might be inclined to go out of my mind,
Oh! I must or I’ll bust and explode into dust,
If I just cannot get a round toowitt!

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Thank you, Jim. Folks, please do comment below.

book coverJim Scott was raised in Old Shoreham in the south of England and since leaving school as soon as he was able has travelled pretty much the rest of his life covering “five continents and three oceans” (the title of his first book).  Merchant navy apprentice in India, attacked by a rattle snake on the Inca trail, farming during African insurgent war, shipwrecked in Portugal, surfing in Morocco, making dream catchers with a Mohawk shaman in Canada, battling Caribbean hurricanes, coordinating maritime search and rescue missions, commercial diving in the Mediterranean; his numerous real life adventures have inspired the dozens of true stories and scores of lyrical “songs and verses” (his third book’s title) he has written.  Now at 60, having raised three great kids, for several years as a single dad, he melds the unique experiences of an incredible life with a passion for writing and is soon to publish book 2 to complete the “Wanderings and Sojourns” trilogy (published out of sequence… a little like his wayward life has been) “On Tropical Islands and Sparkling Seas”. Jim’s website is www.wanderingsandsojourns.com.

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