Poetry 101 Rehab: Dark

Poetry 101 Rehab: Dark

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: Dark

Put the dress on

Turn the light off

Walk from the dark

In the street light


Stand under a lamp

Look out for men

Who will pay


Working away

Being brave

This week’s prompt is DARK. My response to my own prompt is appropriately dark, however, you can go in an entirely different direction. Perhaps you’d like to meditate on the contrast of the dark and the light? Or you’d prefer to write about your favourite dark-coloured thing, like chocolate? You choose how you use and tweak this prompt! What will your take on the keyword DARK be? Blog about it in a poetry post and share your link below!

51 thoughts on “Poetry 101 Rehab: Dark

  1. I had a bit of trouble, I think, with the link function. And so here is “Upon Waking from Deep Sleep to Tears”: http://wp.me/p5BCD4-7q

    I’d fallen asleep and awakened several times during the night. (We’re in the midst of heavy spring rains and some sleet and snow, and water’s started seeping in at a couple corners of the basement.) Broken sleep and thoughts of various catastrophes and relationships that existed during them and friends and lovers family members dying over the decades. I woke up with a sort of poem, a litany going through my mind, my pillow dampish from tears, thinking, What if they all were at last dead? It is interesting to me that the poem I was writing fit so well with today’s prompt.

    Your poem is about the dilemma of bravery in the face of loss. Mine, I think, is about coping or not when bravery is no longer an option.


    1. Your poem is devastating. Full stop. No wonder that it is so, considering the deeply unsettling experience that inspired the poem. I do hope both the weather and you will calm down soon and be back to normal…

      We’ve had a spring like the one you describe as well, fortunately, sleet and torrential rains seem to be done with now. And I’ve been through flooding twice, so I have a general idea of what you are coping with…


    1. Thank you for your generous reception of my somewhat oddball poem for this week… And even more, thank you for contributing another haunting and dark piece of your own!


  2. Getting in early this week, to make up for my tardiness in the last couple of weeks, so here’s my effort. https://bencnicholson.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/poetry-101-rehab-dark/

    Particularly enjoyed your response this week, it’s wonderfully simple but a direction I would have never thought to take the theme. I suppose that’s the beauty of these writing challenges, watching how every single brain can pick out the subtlety in different words, and it’s something I’ve really enjoyed doing, so I just wanted to say thank you once again for hosting this, it really is a very interesting thing to be involved in.


    1. Oh, there’s no need to feel obliged to show up for the rehab, no pressure please! I’m enjoying your contributions, as do others, I believe, when they come, soon or late, no matter 🙂 Your take on the prompt is very optimistic – I wouldn’t have expected that the word DARK can be used to speak about hope and light with such power. Great job!


    1. This is funny, you got me… I didn’t realise it, but I was hugely impressed with Amsterdam (my new favourite city, second only to Edinburgh!) and intrigued about some of the red lights there… This must have subliminally inspired me…


      1. I’m happy to hear that. Edinburgh is also an impressive city and I admire your choices.
        I thought about that because it occurred to me that the Red Lights impressed/shocked you. It might have been a subliminal inspiration indeed.


        1. Yes, the Red Lights both impressed and shocked me – very mixed feelings, not on a moral level but rather on a human level, as it doesn’t strike me as a great job to do. One thing is to know about it and another thing is to see it.


          1. I understand and side with you. It’s work and it’s legal (at least in this country), but still disgusts me to see it on my face. Even when it’s a choice I wonder, because it is a degrading occupation where only a few make money, whilst the rest is exploited or suffer daily violence.


      2. We went on a class trip to Amsterdam to celebrate our A-Levels 🙂
        It’s a magical city with a lot of hidden stories and a lot of impressive places.
        Although,…. there was one homeless artist whom I talked to. His pictures were so self-expressing it amazed me. That’s one of the most impressive memories I was able to make there 🙂

        The only negative point about the city was that it smelled throughout the whole city because of the “Coffee Shops”….


        1. That sounds like a great way to celebrate! Amsterdam looks like a very lively, colourful and simply wonderful city – but I don’t remember any coffee shop smell! What a shame 😀


    1. Thank you for approving of my slightly controversial submission for this week… I was quite nervous about how it would be received, but no one is complaining yet, so thank you!


  3. I’ve thoroughly missed writings collaborations these past couple of weeks. Here’s my attempt to make it up (to myself) for it, by including the past two prompts in this one (: again, my mind seemed to split in two and thus two poems were written out of a single thought: https://trimmedwords.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/dark/
    Yours was completely unexpected this week. Perhaps my mind is simply reeling on love as of late (however dark love might be), but I never thought of anything like that. Kudos on writing it, by the way! So self-explanatory yet so pleasantly unsorry, I absolutely loved it!


    1. You managed more than just to make it up, your twin poems are superb! You intertwined two prompts, two ideas into one in a great way that works very naturally. If this is your definition of split mind, then please don’t try to unsplit it 😉

      Thank you also very much for your reception of my somewhat uncomfortable poem. I was worried that it might not work and may be found offensive, so I’m relieved to see that it’s not happening – so far 😉


    1. Thank you for your kind words, now I’m blushing a little with pride 😉 And thank you so much for joining in with another fabulous poem of yours – I bow to your sonnet, that’s a form I wouldn’t dare to tackle… But you did great, and I’m glad to see that the darkness inspires you as much as it inspires me!

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    1. On the contrary, I think this is my favourite poem by you so far!! It’s so unique, surprising and intriguing – and a perfect fit for the challenge! Thank you for your kind words, and thank you for submitting your excellent piece!

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        1. Oh no, not at all! I was surprised by everyone’s positive feedback, including yours, because I thought the poem might be a bit controversial… You surely haven’t been negative earlier 🙂

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    1. Oh yes, Poe, who wouldn’t love some good old Poe! Your poem shows your love for things dark, I love it how nicely the rhymes flow and how eloquent you are about the virtue of the dark 🙂

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    1. Your excursus into dark poetry works great: it’s moving and powerful. Sometimes it’s good to try new forms and modes of writing, and I’m happy that you shared your piece here! Thank you 🙂

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