Poetry 101 Rehab: Habit

Do you miss the Writing 201: Poetry course by the Daily Post? Then join this blogging challenge, Poetry 101 Rehab, that will provide your poetry fix!

How it works

Each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC I will publish a poetry prompt along with my response to it. You are invited to answer the prompt, twist it or ignore it; write a poem of your own or share a poem by another author.

I would love to hear about your inspiration, your creative process or other poetry related thoughts, but this is no way obligatory. Nothing is obligatory in this challenge, the idea is to get together, talk poetry and have fun!

How You can Join

Anyone can participate, anytime you want. Publish your poetry post and add a link to it to the InLinkz link-up below my post, or share your link in a comment. Use the tag Poetry 101 Rehab, so we can find each other in the Reader.

I will act as your hostess, and I’ll be here for you to reply your comments, read your verses, like and comment. While my blog is the starting point for the challenge, do visit fellow poets in the link-up and chat to them on their blogs!


The Prompt: Habit

Curled up the cat sleeps

At the foot of the fridge

And dreams






Catching fish in the neighbour’s pond

Hunting rats, birds, frogs

Running, running away


The cat and the fridge sleep

And breathe

In synch


This week’s prompt is HABIT, which seems an apposite start for a rehab course! My poem interprets the topic literally, as it muses on the habit of my cat to sniff the fridge and sleep near it. I recently moved house and took my formerly outdoors cat to share the flat with me – so now I enjoy watching her settling in and developing new habits. For the record, she is doing fine and looks happy in her new home.

What will your take on the keyword HABIT will be? Blog about it in a poetry post and share your link below!


Author: Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

116 thoughts

  1. What a neat idea! I hope many Writing 201 folks find their way to this challenge. You should also post about it in the Commons as long as the site’s still open for new posts/comments (until Saturday).

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    1. Thanks for approving, Ben! You found me faster than I even managed to publicise my challenge, but sure, I’m putting a notice in the Commons and adding the event the list of Blogging Events at the Daily Post. Good point 🙂


    1. Oh, poor dear, I recall you had to expel your kitties because of allergy issues? I’m so lucky that though I’m allergic to pollens, cat fur doesn’t bother me!

      Thanks so much for tuning in and even joining so quickly! The title of your poem appeals to me incredibly, OCD is my thing too, so now I’m heading over to your place to check it out! 😉

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  2. Awe so glad your doing this. I was chatting to a couple of people about doing a 201 rehab like luciles (I made sure to ask her if she wouldn’t mind). I wasn’t going to host each week just an open one like hers but this is fab. I might not join until after I return from the clinic but think this is fab it will certainly keep you busy on your toes Mrs Kitty xxx

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    1. Oh wow, I see I was lucky to be the first to grab the patent to the poetry rehab 😉 Of course, Lucile’s wonderful Photo Rehab was my inspiration – and continues to be. I’m still trying in vain to figure out how to thank her for all!

      It looks like we’ll both be busy, but your health goes first, and I do hope it will help you at least a bit! My fingers (and toes!) crossed for you!

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    1. The dullness of the daily routine, despite the necessity for daily rituals, is a topic that fascinates me as well. And your poem is a superb take on the prompt! Thank you for it ❤


          1. Thanks Mara! 🙂 I’m really encouraged by you 🙂 Can’t wait for the next prompt!


    1. There might be something of a poet hidden in everyone 😉 So when and if the muse strikes, I’ll be happy to have you! Until then, feel free to browse and enjoy other blogger’s verses… From one doctoral candidate to another 😉


    1. Awe, thank you so much for joining my modest poetry circle! It’s lovely of your to share your piece – I commented on the poem on your blog, and it only needs to be added how much I love the accompanying picture you chose for your poem 😉 Again, thanks a lot for joining, and enjoy!


        1. Yes, I did take a second look, and I do think the poem is more lucid and benefits from the changes. It’s not that vague is bad, but in this case I like the new version better 🙂


  3. Mara, thanks for doing this class, should be lots of fun and no sweat! Loved your poem about the cat. I have two cats and they keep me jumping. You will see their pictures from time to time.


    1. You’re the best! Though I might blame you for making me crave chocolate so much now… It’s funny that you say you spent some much effort on writing your poem, it feels quite effortless and natural. A lovely read! Salivating even…

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      1. awe thank you re your lovely words, yes I was mulling, grinding and churning over what and how I was going to write the poem hehe, various things popped into my mind. I find recording my voice always first thing in the morning is when it ‘happens’ for me which is odd as i hate mornings lol x Glad to have been able to participate x


    1. Thank you very much for your invitation, I’m honoured! I love the idea of the challenge: household objects is something everyone is familiar with and it should be fun to see what everyone’s perceptions of these ordinary things are. I’ll do my best to direct my inspiration in direction of “jug” and see if I can contribute 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for joining in the challenge! I love your piece and I’m happy that you chose to share it for this modest event 😉 Wishing you lots of inspiration for your next writings!

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    1. Oh dear, I’m so sorry, I must have overlooked your post 😦 And it would be a huge loss, really, because you write about a highly relatable topic that appeals to me personally. As it does to most people, I believe. Thank you for your encouraging lines and thank you for choosing to share your poem for my modest rehab!

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  4. Hi Mara! I love your idea!
    I unfortunately missed the Poetry101 Challenge.

    Just for understanding: If I want to participate I just have to add the link I can see in my browser right now in one post? Did I get that right?


    1. Anyways,… my belated post is here: https://schattenengel.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/habit/

      On a second note: When do I have to finally post my contest entry? Until the next one is coming up on Monday, or isn’t there a limit?

      And I read “A habit or obsession” by @Justine (Sorry but your blog’s name is way to difficult for me to remember correctly)
      I loved it and I am happy to know have met a fellow chocoholic 🙂
      I love your writing especially how it could be about anything not only the craving for chocolate. It’s kind of philosophical. I just wanted to let you know in case you read this comment since I couldn’t find out how to comment on your post – sorry.

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      1. Thank you so much for joining in! It was a pleasure to read your poem 🙂

        This is no real contest with winners and prizes, the idea is just to share poems – as simple as that! It’s best to respond to the current week’s challenge – it’s always the post that is pinned to the top of my blog; but of course you can respond even to the old challenges. It’s just that the current one is always the most visited and you’re more likely to get some feedback from fellow bloggers when joining in here.

        I will alert Justine to your compliment, she will be chuffed 🙂 By the way, I’m a chocoholic too! Who wouldn’t be…

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      2. Hey they Mara alerted me to your lovely comment:-D I just re blogged a couple of days ago an amazing chocolate poem someone else wrote you might like that too! I just got the chance to review some chocolate too so I was in heaven. Havnt done the write up yet, thank you so much again do pop by direct some time if time. I hope you have fun with maras poetry event its great xx

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        1. @Justine:
          I will try to find that one 🙂

          Actually, I have once been inspired by chocolate. That turned out to be a poem in the end: https://schattenengel.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/you-are-my-chocolate/

          Though some people night consider it weird to compare the one you love with something as “simple” as chocolate, I enjoyed writing it. The funny thing was, that I read it to the person it is dedicated too and he didn’t like chocolate even a tiny bit.
          He said that whenever someone will try to shove down that “brown milky stuff” he will remember my poem as to not throw up immediately. Until now, I am still not entirely sure if that was supposed to be an insult or a compliment – I guess I will never find out 🙂

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          1. What a story! Thank you for sharing it… I can’t imagine how someone would NOT like chocolate and how someone could be offended by having a poem devoted to him. Such a person is probably not worthy of the poem. Just saying.


    2. Hello there! It’s a shame you missed the Poetry 101 challenge by WordPress, but never mind, hopefully this little challenge of mine will compensate a bit 😉 Yes, you get it right, just copy and paste the link in your browser. I’ll be happy to see you around!


      1. Can you by any chance see if my link worked?

        I am happy to participate – especially with all those great poets here after I have read through half of the posts at least 🙂


  5. I decided to catch up on the prompts that I missed at the beginning, while I have a chance, and read through others’ poems. Did one for “Habit” this evening: http://wp.me/p5BCD4-6x

    Although I’ve retired, I am still doing some occasional jobs for friends who are still working. I am finding that I am writing more and feeling more alert, doing this. Bad time of year for allergies, and I’d like not to sleep too much, this year. The prompts are helping me to focus and to write more. Thanks! Just in case I hadn’t mentioned that lately.



    1. I can hear you, Liz, I prefer autumn to spring because spring is lethal to people with allergies like us… It’s so great to hear that writing helps you focus and feel better! Keep your poetry coming please, it’s a pleasure to read 🙂

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    1. Your interpretation is to the point enough, after all, it’s a poem and a beautiful one for the matter! Thank you so much for sharing your piece, it’s a pleasure to read and enjoy.


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