Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Musings: February 24, 2014 - Form Prompt

Prompt: Poetry Form - Ronka

What to do: Write a Ronka - a poem of 5 lines, each having 7 words without concern for syllables. Like traditional tanka and haiku, there is no rhyme and a preference to show rather than tell.

Prompt inspired by: poetsonline.org / writingtheday.wordpress.com

While I am always on the lookout for individual creative action, it never hurts to go back and draw from the mainstream now and then. I've found poetsonline.com (and Ken Ronkowitz especially) to be the "shot in the arm" so to speak when I'm feeling stuck or stale.

My take on this week's prompt:

Winter Ronka

Snow fell hard and heavy all night.
Cold but pristine, the glittering white blanket
covered all the world in quiet beauty.
The frigid silence, so fragile as glass,
was shattered by the hulking city plow.


Random Wisdom: Harvey Fierstein - Silence

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." ~ Harvey Fierstein


Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Musings: February 3, 2014 - Word/Phrase Prompt

Prompt: The Horse

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the concept of “The Horse.” If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post. :)

Prompt inspired by: Chinese New Year 2014

I have to admit, I considered looking for a website to highlight based upon the Chinese New Year or on horses (Shire being my favorite breed) but... since the inspiration was simply the holiday, I decided to leave it as is. Happy New Year everyone!

My take on this week's prompt:

Work Horse

February snow still falling
with six inches on the ground,
the old mare steps from the stable
to clear the path
in preparation to pull the plow.


Random Wisdom: Albert Camus - Strength

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus