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: No

No, she said

I won’t

I don’t

Want

 

To marry

To carry

Your children

To Bear

Them

And You

To bury you
No, thank you

 

This week’s prompt is NO. I chose to represent the topic as a woman’s response to a proposal – and in keeping with my morbid negativism, this imaginary woman’s response is negative. You can work along the same lines of denial, or you can turn the keyword into a poem on affirmation. As always, your call! What will your take on the keyword NO 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.

58 Comments

  1. https://bencnicholson.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/no-poetry-101-rehab/ Short one this week, inspired by a loved one returning from abroad 🙂 Nice simple theme, and loved your poem, flowed beautifully 🙂

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    1. Wow, thanks so much for your response – prompt and to the point! I love it that you tune in each week and contribute with your little gems of poems 🙂

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      1. I’ll keep coming back, gives me a great excuse to write 🙂

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  2. Another excellent, searing and very personal poem. I love your sparse and succinct style.
    Here is my entry, inspired by the rhythm and pain of a runner on a cold afternoon by the canal…

    http://andytownend.com/2015/04/13/no/

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    1. Thank you… And I love your ambiguous style in poetry (and photography) in return!

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      1. Me. Ambiguous? Surely not? 😉

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        1. I wouldn’t know, you’re too ambiguous!

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  3. It should come as no surprise that I absolutely love your poem but, somehow, it surprised me. I didn’t really know where you were going with it until the penultimate line which irrevocably shifted the way I saw the poem. Thank you for sharing! I especially love the use of space here (e.g. the lines, “To carry–– your children”); personally, I try to do the same in most of my poems but WordPress doesn’t make it easy so I haven’t included that wonderful facet of poetry in my latest writings.
    Anyway, I truly loved it, here’s this week’s contribution. Started out as two separate poems but then I decided to delete half of them and merge them into one hoping that the final, shorter product would end up being stronger (: https://trimmedwords.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/no/
    Cheers!

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    1. @ J.I. Gallo: I can’t really say the end surprised me.
      But the first part raised questions in my head and caught my attention, made me want to continue reading to get answers.
      The middle part though explained everything – loud and clear.
      The last part then really supported the meaning. It ensures that the meaning is staying in one’s thoughts for quite a while for the words are really powerful.

      It is a great piece of writing @Mara
      I really enjoyed reading it.

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      1. Thank you so much, I’m amazed by the kind feedback I’m getting… You are so good to me!

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    2. Oh dear, thank you so much for your kind words! You make me feel a bit conscious and overrated, I’m not sure my poem is even as deep as you suggest… But thank you for your kind feedback.

      You’re right that it’s not particularly easy to format poetry on WordPress, I find it challenging too – but I read some of the manuals on WordPress and I created a sort of a platform for my poetry posts that I just copy for each new post.

      I admire your new poem very much – of course I haven’t seen the original long poem but I do love the result of your writing and editing; it’s very powerful!

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      1. There you say something 🙂
        @J. I. Gallo : CAn you please share the original version of your poem, too?
        I am quite curious what you have changed.

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        1. I’ll second that!

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  4. I love the succinctness of the smack down, that abruptness, followed by the polite “no, thank you” at the end.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, it’s great to hear that you connected with my modest poem…

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  5. ShidaTahirah 13/04/2015 at 5:05 pm

    I like your poem it’s interesting and straight to the point too 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for you nice words, it’s very encouraging!

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  6. Hiya Mara! Sorry I have been in absentia the past couple weeks… life is crazy, baby! Loved your poem above – it made me smile and feel sad all at the same time… well done! 🙂 Here is my offering this week: http://motherhendiaries.com/2015/04/13/no/

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    1. Hello there and thanks for tuning in! Your poem is such a lovely fresh piece offering a great perspective on the topic – I’m so happy to have you 🙂

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  7. Mmm, I am not surprised. You have constructed this poem in a concise manner, using simple words that echo an unimaginable strength. Loved it.

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    1. Awe, thank you a lot for your kind feedback! You’re too good 🙂

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  8. In the throes of writing . . . I need a “Do Not Interrupt” sign flashing above my head. 😀
    NOT RIGHT NOW: http://wp.me/pmyPA-sX

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    1. What a great take on the subject! I love originality and your poem just got me 🙂 Thanks a lot for taking part in the rehab!

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      1. I’m so happy that I found your Rehab. It’s fun to poke at the spontaneity and see what sneaks out (or erupts).

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        1. Creative eruptions are good!

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  9. What fun, Mara! Love it!

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    1. Thank you so much! I love it that you love it 😀

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  10. Have been feeling a little desperate while writing this one:
    https://schattenengel.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/no/
    I hope it comes through a little bit…

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    1. Poor thing, I’m sorry you had a hard time writing the poem – but I do think the effort paid off because the result is very impressive! And yes, I could see strength and hope through your poem…

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  11. Such a difficult prompt as the word is so final and hard to branch off into things…at least I found. My poem itself doesn’t have much to do with the word NO but it did inspire something. https://hockadower.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/far-reaching/

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    1. It doesn’t matter what my prompt inspired, I’m very happy that it inspired something – that’s what matters, right? 😉 Thank you so much for stopping by!

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    1. Thank you, I choose to take it as a compliment! 😉

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      1. It was! It’s easier to write cheesy poems!

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  12. I guess that’s the great thing about Mara’s prompts. The poems are inspired by the same word but they are yet completely different in their style and meaning.
    It’s fascinating just how different people tend to interpret and associate

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    1. I share your fascination. And I’m deeply humbled that so many great poems came out of this modest challenge… ❤

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  13. An interesting prompt Mara. And I liked the way you’ve told a story in your poem… 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

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  14. Have to say, your take is brutally honest (or brutal yet honest!). Bang on! Poor guy though…. The woman seems to be a no nonsense kind of a person…. is it so? 😀

    And here’s mine.
    https://realistrebel.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/no-just-no/
    Started to write a short one but ended up like this. 😉
    It feels good to be back!

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    1. Brutal yet honest is good, thank you for your kind words! And even more thank you for taking the challenge and responding with a poem of your own! Your piece is also rather raw and honest and very true…

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      1. Always a pleasure Mara. 🙂

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        1. The pleasure is mine 😉

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    1. And I absolutely love your clever take on the prompt! Hands down, very smart and effective 😉

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      1. Thank you so much.. 🙂

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  15. a very impactful poem, i could not quite sense foot stamping but defiance and conviction, very good x

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    1. Oh, thank you so much for your appreciation of my modest effort…

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  16. Whoa, seem like I’m quite late! Your Poetry 101 Rehab challenges never reach my Reade! Here is my offering: https://epicbloggingnow.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/masquerade/
    Not my best, I’m afraid.

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    1. There’s no such a thing as being late for the rehab! And I think your poem is actually very good – I definitely relate to the feelings that you describe. Keep on writing 🙂

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