Poetry 101 Rehab: Recycle

Poetry 101 Rehab: Recycle

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: Recycle


Like a paper towel


Like an outdoor chair


To be put away

Thrown out

The day







Discarded | Shredded | Recycled

This week’s prompt is RECYCLE. I approached the topic in a figurative manner, linking recycling to death and stopping there, rather than elaborating on the implications of rebirth that the word RECYCLE holds. You might want to take it from here; or you might want to come up with your very own interpretation of the prompt. What will your take on the keyword RECYCLE be? Blog about it in a poetry post and share your link below!

52 thoughts on “Poetry 101 Rehab: Recycle

    1. Thank you for your kind words and thank you for another excellent contribution to the rehab! I absolutely love how creatively you developed the prompt! Unique, original, great 🙂


    1. I hope you’ll feel better soon! Your medicine had no adversary effect on your poem, which develops a great idea in a great style! Thank you for writing and contributing even though you’re unwell…

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  1. I like the analogy in your poem – with relationships. It challenges our notions and beliefs about a ‘throwaway’ society. We don’t just view objects but people as disposable. Good point.


    1. Thank you for your hilarious and serious poem: I couldn’t help chuckling and cringing a little at the mucus etc. lines… :-O Also, thank you for comparing my work to Soylent Green. I mean, thank you, I guess 😉


    1. If your poem was rushed, it doesn’t show. I love the list format and I love the idea that you develop – I concur with you. Thank you, as always, for a superb contribution to the rehab!


  2. This is the second poem that I wrote to this prompt: http://wp.me/p5BCD4-7k – as in recycling life … somewhat more animated in execution than your version. Yours is much more . . . down to earth? I enjoyed it!

    I like the first poem that I wrote for the recycle prompt that I decided to submit it to an editor; it’s been quite a while since I last sent out a poem to them. The pub. has gotten a new editor since I last submitted a poem to them, so I don’t know the response time.

    I expect to have time to start reading others’ poems. I don’t like to read ahead before I’ve written mine.

    Hope your day has gone well!


    1. That’s a smart and slightly tongue-in-cheek response to the prompt, I adore it! I totally understand that you prefer to write your response first and then check out others’ poems – but I do assure you that your take is perfectly unique and I haven’t read anything similar to it. Great job, and good luck with the publishing!

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      1. So happy that you like it. I was chuckling as I wrote it. It came out of a conversation with my husband as we were coming home from the grocery–a “goodies” run. It has been fun to read other people’s poems, the styles as well as their takes on the themes. You’re right. Nothing similar to mine, and the variety stimulates. Writing is a solitary pursuit up to a point, but . . .

        Also, I did receive a note from the editor, saying that she wants that (first recycling) poem I submitted. First poem I’ve sent out since 2011. B|


    1. Oh dear, thank you so much for your kind words, I’m almost blushing at the compliment… Your poem is excellent, I’m very fond of the idea of rebirth, and your interpretation of the topic is very appealing. Thank you so much for joining in the fun!

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  3. 🙂 I have often mused about what will happen when I go. How I should be disposed of. I like the notion of being recycled (perhaps at the base of some grand old tree) but shredded seems a little brutal. Nicely done. I particularly like the folding chair reference.


    1. ps…I can’t wait to be home so I can go back in and luxuriate over everyone’s responses to the various prompts. Just too frustratingly slow from the connection I am on 🙂 I am having to take up a Buddhist-like view of life passing slowly and thoughtfully to stop myself from becoming completely frustrated when just posting and/or responding 🙂


  4. I know it is a couple of weeks late, but I think this poem I just wrote fits both your Recycle and Couple categories in some way. https://oudeis2005.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/first-crush/
    I am still stumped by the Sugar challenge, even though I have been struggling for several decades now to produce an epyllion-style poem on the sugar industry as a companion piece to the ongoing Honey poem that i posted earlier this year https://oudeis2005.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/writing-201-poetry-assignment-4-animals-honey-an-essay-on-animal-poetry-and-an-ongoing-effort-to-produce-a-bee-poem/


    1. It’s never too late to contribute with great poems! I’m glad that you did. You put two challenges into one poem just great, and your bee epic is – epic… Thank you very much for sharing your pieces!


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