#8 – You Can Get There From Here

A hearty hello from The Poetry Park where, for the first time in what seems like forever, our temperatures are not only in double digits but are expected to rise all the way up to the 30’s! As of today, spring arrives in 22 days and I, for one, will welcome it with open arms.

Our prompt today is an Ekphrastic one. The picture below has many layers, each one telling a different story. It can be about overcoming obstacles, reaching goals, what the future holds or the purity in nature’s beauty. Find the layer that touches your muse and turn it into a poetic piece of art.

In the From A Window category, the poems for this prompt can be written in any length and in any style.

#1 Natural Stone Bridge

The Bridge To Sunset

The climb is steeper than before.
I’m more cautious than the lass
who saw a mass of stumbling blocks
and risked tumbling down to earth to
prove her worth without falling on her butt.

My age and my gut pushed me forward,
as did the stage of innocence in youth.
Now with vigilance, my steps are less sure
of what they can endure. The hardships
ahead grip my inner, arrogant child
as I cautiously wend my way to tomorrow.

Yet it’s not the end of my journey.
It’s only a momentary rest stop
where I swap yesterday’s dreams
for streams of today’s reality,
while my mortality I try to ignore.

© Susan Schoeffield

#7 – A Coat Of Many Colors

When Spring finally comes to Baltimore, it will bring more than new buds and blooms. At my house, we’ll start the over-due task of repainting a few rooms. In the meantime, not only are we trudging through the snow and winter doldrums, we’re plodding through a mountain of paint sample cards trying to agree on a color scheme.

For today’s prompt, paint your poem with your favorite color, the various tints of a particular color, the absence of color, or give your poem a coat of many colors. If you need help getting started, visit the Digital Synopsis website and scroll down to the Color Thesaurus with its collection of 12 charts that list the correct names of all the shades.

This prompt falls within the “As You Like It” category so your poetry can be written in any length or style. Where you go with your poem doesn’t matter as long as you make the journey colorful.

A Yellowish Yarn

Bright lemony beams
from the solar spotlight
illuminate the faces of
daffodils and dandelions
as they bask in the golden rays.

Flowing through a flaxen field,
honey and butter soon
dissolve in medallions of fire,
while under the Tuscan sun,
canaries chat as bees bumble.

© Susan Schoeffield

#6 – Wordling Words No. 2

Hello and welcome back to The Poetry Park! Today, we’re revisiting Six-Pack Odes, a category for which your poem can be written in any length and style, as long as it contains all of the words listed below.

Bed Of Roses

I love using the wordle as a poetry prompt. It very often acts as a springboard to ideas I might not have otherwise considered. Here in the east, we’ve been hunkering down under a steady stream of frigid temperatures. In this kind of weather, it’s easy for me to write an endless series of I Hate Winter/I Love Summer poems. Yet with this wordle, I was able to step beyond my winter woes to focus on one of nature’s other wonders.

Our words for this wordle were chosen from “His Dream” by W.B. Yeats found in the collection, Selected Poems. You can read “His Dream” in its entirety at Poetry Archive.

Bed Of Roses

Their beauty took my breath away.
In crimson caps on stems adorned with
glittering leaves, they stood as a testament
to the simple power of peaceful dignity.
In tender breezes, they gently swayed to the
hushed tones of a song at daybreak.

© Susan Schoeffield

#5 – Dazed and Confused

I like to think I’m a relatively intelligent person, yet there are times when people in general and the world at large leave me in a state of total confusion. I don’t understand how people can speak one way and act another. A computer is both my friend and foe. Ikea schematic assembly instructions? Don’t even go there. In this spirit, today we’re going to write a “confusion” poem. What confuses you and (to quote an overused question in psychotherapy) how does that make you feel?

The category for today’s prompt is “Short And Sweet”.  Write your poems for this prompt in 7 lines or less, in any style.

Here’s one thing that confuses me:

It’s A Puzzlement

Brought up to believe
cheaters would never prosper,
today I’m baffled.
Clearly, I misunderstood
because many do quite well.

© Susan Schoeffield

#4 – A Piece of Pi

If I’ve learned anything about myself as a poet, it’s that I’m more comfortable when writing within a structured format. Give me the number of lines, the syllable count and/or rhyme scheme and I’m happier than my dogs at dinner time. Well … maybe not that happy.

Today, we are writing under The Stylish Poet category and our form is one of several mathematical verses built around the root of Pi. Specifically, this one is called the Chronos, which equates to Pi2 or 9.8696. It’s an unrhymed, five-line poem with a syllable count per line of 9-8-6-9-6. So, heat up your ovens, get baking and slice us up a piece of poetic Pi!

To get us started, here’s my own piece of Pi:

Bring It On!

The bitter cold of February
has me yearning for tomorrows
with warm, apricot skies,
buds peeping out of defrosted earth,
all wrapped in scents of spring.

© Susan Schoeffield

#3 – Wordling Words No. 1

Welcome back to The Poetry Park! Monday seems like a perfect day for writing our first poem to the Six-Pack Odes category. I know you’re excited. So am I! There are no rules as to the poem’s form, length, subject, rhyming scheme or syllable count. The only requirement is to include all the words below.

#1 - Unforgiven

Our words were selected from a poem by Rod McKuen called “Freedom” published in his collection, And to Each Season….

My poem comes from a place that occasionally haunts me. The past comes with flashbacks of poor decisions that get no do-overs. Putting them into perspective is seldom an easy task.

Unforgiven

I am always searching for
the freedom to escape the
chains I carry from my past.
They weigh heavily on me,
cutting into my spirit with
their sharp, piercing edges.

Painful memories confine me
within self-built borders.
Yesterday’s final prisoner,
I am still powerless to reconcile
who I was with who I am.

The hurt faces,
my thoughtless words,
all spring from the shadows,
with the release I so urgently
seek unable to be found.

© Susan Schoeffield

#2 – A Wintry Mix

I had already prepared the first Ekphrastic poetry prompt for the From A Window category when a friend posted this picture to Facebook. The whimsy of the photo grabbed my attention first, followed by the starkness of winter white with a splash of cardinal red. I was also drawn to the gentle elegance found in nature’s beauty. Images always have a story to tell and can be strong poetic motivators. For example, you might find friendship, tolerance, the rewards (or risks) in sharing, or the simple joy of winter. Let this image guide you and follow wherever it leads.

Poems in the From A Window category can be written in any style or length.

#3 Cardinal on Snowman

Here’s what I found in this picture.

You’ve Got A Friend

My time with you is very short.
Like frozen lake or snowy fort,
I’ll melt away but at the end
I leave you as a treasured friend.

If I could share a word of praise
to get you through the darker days
or help you back upon your feet,
my taste of life was more than sweet.

So when you wake and I’m not here,
remember me for smiles and cheer,
and know we’ll never be apart
for I will linger in your heart.

© Susan Schoeffield

#1 – Something New

Hello and welcome to The Poetry Park!

With only January behind us, 2015 is still pretty much a new year and, as such, it holds the promise for all sorts of new experiences. As the year unfolds, you might find yourself in a new relationship, starting a new job or adopting new attitudes. Maybe you’re going to buy something new. As poets, we’re always looking for new approaches to our craft. For our first prompt, we’re going to write a “new” poem. It doesn’t have to be about a big something new (as evidenced by my poem below). It can be about a new day, a new song, a new haircut or a new anything. What might seem old and trivial to others could be something new and wonderful for you!

This first prompt is in the “As You Like It” category – write your poem in any length, in any style. Have fun with it!

Here’s my response to Something New:

Jotter Blotter

There’s something quite exciting,
alluring and inviting
about a ream of paper when brand new.
Perhaps the way it’s smelling
is what is most compelling
or maybe it’s the words it might accrue.

By sitting there before me,
the paper will implore me
to exercise my brain so over time
I’ll have a piece worth reading,
its bareness almost pleading
for me to fill it up with prose or rhyme.

© Susan Schoeffield