Poetry 101 Rehab: No

Poetry 101 Rehab: No

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: No

No, she said

I won’t

I don’t



To marry

To carry

Your children

To Bear


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!

58 thoughts on “Poetry 101 Rehab: No

  1. 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/

    Liked by 2 people

    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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    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. 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…


    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!


  2. 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


    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…

      Liked by 1 person

    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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