Poetry 101 Rehab: Day

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: DAY

Today like tomorrow like yesterday

All days the same

Vane from the mind and the heart

And retain the same

Lack of substance

Erased from existence

This week’s prompt is DAY. My take on the topic is typically downbeat – but yours doesn’t need to be! You can surely write an elegy on passing days, but you can also write an ode to your perfect day. The interpretation of the theme is your choice. What will your take on the keyword DAY be? Blog about it in a poetry post and share your link below!

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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.

43 thoughts

  1. Here’s my respsonse:
    https://schattenengel.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/the-day-when-i-will-meet-you/
    I have to say that it would have never been written without Andy’s great lines 🙂 So yeah… thank you again Andy!

    @Mara: Your poem is practically screaming “Get me out of here!” which is doing just great in your poem. If days were all the same we would all get bored to death I think. It’s such a good thing that days never happen twice 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for this lovely poem! I’m especially happy that you took the torch from Andy and wrote a love poem – sometimes even me, the most unromantic person ever, likes to read something sweet and nice 😉

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  2. I put this week’s poem on my poetry blog (QuiltedPoetry), rather than the general/photos one. “No Forevers” – http://wp.me/p5BCD4-6r

    The father/father-in-law of friends died on the 10th, and I was able to be present for a short while at the visitation in the funeral home. An odd thought occurred to me along the way; with my 70th birthday coming up in 2016, my mother’s 94th, and my father’s 100th, I will have a shorter time than many to mourn my parents’ deaths.

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      1. 🙂 it just occurred to me that my poem is almost the antithesis of yours. A juxtaposition of thoughts about the the minutia of a day. Interestingly I find is easier to pen a downbeat piece of work than an upbeat one. Perhaps the emotional intensity of the negative is a more dominating driver (for me at least).

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    1. Thank you for your kind appreciation of my modest effort! Even if swiftly drawn, your poem is a success – it definitely made me muse and wonder how this day (and night) in your poem will end… Good to hear you’re for happy endings!

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  3. Hi! This looks like fun – I missed out on the event itself when the Daily Post ran it and was sorely disappointed, but I’ve been in a poetic mood of late, so I’ll definitely contribute here.

    Thanks for setting this up 🙂

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  4. Hello, it took me a bit longer to write my own poem this week, but it’s finally done! Also, it’s funny because, when i first read the prompt, one of the first things that came to mind was the banality of days. I started to think about writing something in accordance to that but then I saw your own poem was exactly about that (turly like it, by the way, I’m constantly in awe at how people like you can convey so much in such few words…). So I decided to write a poem–which came to me in my sleep and that is why it’s, structurally, a complete mess, I’d like to believe– on the banality of love itself.
    https://maraeastern.com/2015/04/20/poetry-101-rehab-day/
    Cheers! And thanks again, you have no idea how much I’ve come to rely on the challenge. What with my job and editing of other writings, I wouldn’t give myself the time to write poetry at all. Thank you!

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    1. Ha! You also write poems when you’re (half)asleep?! That’s good, then it makes two of us 😉

      Thank you for your very kind words, I’m flattered and also deeply humbled by them. It’s amazing that you guys created a little mutually supportive poetry group here 🙂

      Your poem is another great piece – it doesn’t strike me as poorly structured, the structure works well with the theme of change versus stability, day versus night etc. Great work!

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      1. I just realised I inserted the link to your own post! What a wanker, I know, ha.
        Yeah, poems come to me when I’m trying to sleep. And so I mostly just scribble down as much as i can without losing somnolency completely, and then head back to bed.
        And thank you! It’s not my favourite, but I kind of like the ending (perhaps because of its hidden but obvious meaning to me). 🙂

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        1. Yes, you got me by inserting a link to my own post, but then I realised and found your poem easily 😉 So, it’s funny, but I often do the same – scribbling down as much of the poem that comes to me before I fall asleep as I can and then hope that in the morning I won’t discover that it’s complete nonsense. Here’s to hidden meanings in poetry 😉

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