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!

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The Prompt: End

When sweetness turns sour

When kisses start to burn

Sentences lose meaning

Names no more endearing

That’s the end of it

The end

 

This week’s prompt is the END. I chose to interpret the topic from a negative angle, which is what I do; but you can just as easily approach the keyword from a positive perspective. While I’m writing about the end of a relationship, you can write, for instance, about the end of the winter – yay! What will your take on the keyword END be? Blog about it in a poetry post and share your link below!

 

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Posted by 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.

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  1. I think I might have goofed up the LinkIn, so I’ll try again here: my poem is at http://wp.me/pmyPA-r0

    Your poem, Mara, prompted me to consider my relationships and how they have ended sometimes abruptly. I’ve preferred, when possible, to transition into maintaining acquaintanceships. Your images remind me that I’ve had very few romantic or domestic relationships. More lengthy discussions than dates.

    Your poem was the catalyst for mine, and I was startled to see where my poem headed after that.

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    1. Hello, Liz, and thanks so much for joining in the challenge! You applied yourself to the task seriously – and no worries, you managed the LinkIn all right! And if you wouldn’t have, I’d add the link in the linkup for you. I very much appreciate that you shared your story – I realise that it is very personal and possibly painful to discuss too. I wish you all the luck and hopefully poetry will help you to figure things out! 🙂

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  2. Still loving the prompts 🙂 Love your poem, short and very powerful! Here’s my response to this weeks prompt. Keep writing.

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    1. Still loving your poems! Seriously. Your language is fresh and your subject matters gloomy – exactly to my taste 🙂 Thank you for your encouraging words and for taking part again!

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  3. Delighted that you are continuing with this, and another searing slice of poetry from you this week…

    Here is a cold reflection on lost warmth…

    http://andytownend.com/2015/03/30/end/

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    1. And I’m delighted that you’re continuing to be a faithful patient to this rehab! It’s a pleasure to read your dark poems, quite to my taste 😉

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      1. I am glad that you appreciate my efforts, and well done for keeping the rehab going and encouraging lots of people to pen poems. Ben would be chuffed!

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  4. I adore your negativity. Please keep it coming. 🙂

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    1. Oh dear, this is one of the most beautiful things anyone said to me… Seriously. Typically, I’m being criticised for being too negative, but sadly, I can’t help it! Or luckily, I can’t help it, I wouldn’t know which…

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      1. Teehee. It’s all part of your charm. If others don’t like it, it’s their problem. 🙂

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        1. Thank you for being so encouraging…

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    1. Yes, I can see what you mean, I think… The poem is beyond devastating. It reminds me a bit of Sylvia Plath’s style – or maybe not her style, but the way how powerfully she writes and how strongly she manages to affect her reader. You can do the same.

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      1. I have just got devastating news and I’m grieved. I wish I could do more than write a poem, but there’s not much I can do to dissipate the clouds of someone else’s mental illness.

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        1. I’m so sorry… But it could have some therapeutic effect to express your feelings in a poem, as you did. I wish you all the best in coping.

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  5. I absolutely love your poem (and even more after going through something of the like this last week); thawing love, I guess. I am constantly in awe of how much you can convey in so few words… Here’s my attempt at writing something completely different this time (: hope you enjoy as I truly do enjoy your prompts (and this one specifically, as I wrote it while walking down the street with the sun’s first light upon my brow, it was absolutely lovely). Thank you!
    https://trimmedwords.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/the-end-a-hybrid/
    It’s curious how perhaps the darkest of your prompts inspired me to write a lighter poem than the ones that preceded it, isn’t it?
    cheers!

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    1. I’m sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience, I hope my little poem didn’t rub salt in your wound… On the other hand, you’re such an upbeat person, it seems, at least your poetry gives such impression! Your poem is beautiful, really beautiful, and has such a peaceful feel about it. Very comforting and pleasant. Thank you for this!

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    1. Another heartbreaking poem – beautiful and heartbreaking. It reminds me a little of Auden’s “Funeral Blues”: Stop all the clock…. etc. Thank you for sharing your piece here.

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      1. Thank you (again) and yes, I think that poem, and the version from the film was on my mind when I wrote this. Now I know what my kafkaesque crime will be. Plagiarism. i await the knock on the door in the early hours.

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        1. And the first hearing in a tenement house with a court in the attic…

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  6. Well, turns out I couldn’t resist starting to write right away ( You really got me with the prompt Mara #excited)
    Maybe I am going to think about a second one at school tomorrow since there’s another idea circling in my head…

    Anyways,… here’s my take on the prompt:
    https://schattenengel.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/circles-end/

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    1. Your poem is perfect! I love it that you interpreted the prompt in a rather positive way: your poem is surely a bit melancholy, but on the whole, it has a soothing effect. Thank you so much for sharing this piece!

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      1. Thank you very much, I am so happy you felt that way 🙂
        Is it allowed to be inspired to write a second response? Because I did during lessons today: https://schattenengel.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/end-of-starlight/ ( I just didn’t manage to add the links with me smartphone, so that I added them afterwards 🙂 )

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        1. Oh of course it’s allowed to write a second response! Write as much or as little as you feel like 🙂 You’re always welcome – and I think your poems are getting better and better… I’m a fan!

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  7. I am not sure if this is fair playing but I feel like I need to say this:
    Read the one from HideousHeart! I cried while I was reading through. It’s truly amazing.

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    1. It is absolutely fair play and I also know what you mean – the poem is devastating…

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  8. Didn’t get round to more thawing yet 🙂 here’s my END response for this round
    http://wp.me/p5P5Fr-3v Best wishes all 🙂

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    1. I love it that you END response is actually about a BEGINNING, or perhaps even more, about CONTINUING… It’s great to see that you make the prompt your own and twist it creatively! Thanks so much for sharing another lovely piece of poetry 🙂

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      1. Thank you 🙂 I’m trying to live and breathe positivity… I love reading everyone’s poems at these challenges, they’re all so different, thank you for hosting 😀

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        1. You’re welcome! And you’re right, I’m just taking a tour around all the poems contributed so far for this week’s prompt – and I’m amazed at everyone’s creativity. You guys rock!

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  9. Loved your piece. Short but powerful enough to break a heart….
    Got inspired to write two versions (probably one is positive and the other negative) Wrote one in the morning and another at night, hence two different takes.

    https://realistrebel.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/in-the-end-at-last/

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words – and for returning to the rehab! I see the difference between the morning and the evening kind of inspiration – they’re different, one not necessarily better than the other, but it’s funny how great the difference can be.

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  10. Have been away and only just got back to my internet haven, here’s my effort for this week 🙂 https://bencnicholson.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/poetry-101-rehab-end/

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    1. Welcome back to your internet haven and thank you for coming to this poetry haven 🙂 I adore your contribution: it’s thoughtful, intelligent, and poetic… I ask nothing more of poetry.

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      1. Thank you! As ever, couldn’t have done it without the prompt, so you’ve gotta take some credit for it 😛

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        1. Oh, why, thank you, but the credits are entirely yours 🙂

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  11. Thank you so much for this rehab ! Writing 201 was so much fun ! Here is my link :
    https://spunkywayfarer.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/silent-buzz/

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    1. Your poem is so much fun! I love the combination of verse and prose and love each carefully chosen word. Great work!

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    1. It’s great to see what you guys come up with, every contribution is so different, and each of them is a little treasure 🙂 So is yours! A simple and effective poem – it works for me very well, thank you for sharing your work!

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      1. Thank you many…
        Thank you for such lovely prompts every week… 🙂
        Thank you for reading all with patience and love and providing feedback. It’s always nice to read your comments.. 🙂
        Thank you for everything..

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        1. Awe… The pleasure is mine!

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  12. It’s Easter and I want to post something related to the spirit of the holiday, which is a new beginning and rebirth. In a sense, an end can be viewed as the beginning to a new chapter. I think my poem echos both “End” and “Rebirth” and it’s just perfect timing that I decide to post it this week.
    Here’s the URL: https://strawberryandme.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/crush/
    Feel free to comment on my post and tell me what you think! 😀

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    1. Thank you so much for tuning in! Your response is just perfect – seriously. It’s really great for the prompt, but of course it would be great for any occasion – you’ve written a very powerful lyric story. It’s a honour that you shared it here, thank you for it!

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      1. Thank you for hosting an event that provides an opportunity to get feedback from fellow poets! Your poem is short and beautiful, and reminds me of Kelly Clarkson’s song Already Gone. It reads like a realistic, almost brutal proclamation of the end of a relationship. I like how you don’t sugarcoat it, which makes it a clean-cut echo to the “End”.

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        1. Awe, thank you so much for your kind words! You’re right, I don’t like sugarcoating things – though I do love to eat sugarcoated things. Ha. Now I’ll need to listen to Kelly Clarkson! 🙂

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          1. I love sugarcoated food too! Except sugarcoated pills 😛 Hope you like that song. They both remind me of how perfect things are no longer perfect when our feelings have changed. And that signifies we can’t go back anymore; that is the end.

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          2. Thank you for your wise words – I quite concur, and yes, I like the song too 🙂

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  13. Hi Mara, the precision and beauty of your poem have inspired me to participate here for the first time. I’ve linked up my poem through the given link. In case, there is any problem so posting the link here also… 🙂

    https://maniparna5002.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/end/

    Thanks for the prompt.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m happy that you choose to participate in the prompt, welcome and thank you for sharing your piece! It’s a very vivid picture that you create with your words – though your poem describes the end, there is a strong note of hope too. Great 🙂

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      1. Thanks a lot. I’m so happy that you liked it…. 🙂

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  14. Don’t tell me this is the end of Poetry 101 Rehab!!! Your poem was awesome!

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    1. Oh no! This is not the end of Poetry 101 Rehab! No worries and no panic please! We’re going on on Monday 🙂

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      1. *sighs* Thank God !

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    2. And, of course, thank you for your compliment and even more, for your poem! We seem to listen to the same music, I’ll see if it perhaps inspires me to writing a poem too…

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      1. I’m sure it will.

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  15. mmh think I botch my link so I will pop it here also http://wp.me/s3EbHY-end. Thank you for setting up poetry rehab. It certainly provides an incentive to keep working at it. I couldn’t get anything out for thaw and end was a struggle. A little exhausted at the moment but wanting to contribute where I can.
    cheers Heid

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    1. You got the link just right, no worries, and welcome back to the rehab! I’m sorry to hear that you’re struggling, but if it’s any comfort, it certainly doesn’t show in your poetry. Your piece for this prompt is short but pregnant with meanings, a lovely contribution! Wishing you lots of poetic inspiration 😉

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  16. Wonderful take on the ‘End.’
    Many associate End with negatives but then every End has a Beginning too, which is more on the positive tone.

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    1. You are perfectly right. The end of something doesn’t mean the end of everything, quite contrary, it may imply the beginning of something else, and possibly better. Thank you for your comment!

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  17. This is WAAY late, but I just realized I had not linked back to this post a couple weeks ago with my Bambi tribute… here you go, Mara!!! 🙂 http://motherhendiaries.com/2015/03/31/the-end/

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    1. It’s never too late!! I just wonder how the heck did I miss your poem?! I do follow your blog, so it must have been quite unfortunate that this escaped me 😦 I’ll need to be more attentive for good poetry the next time 😉

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