Poetry 101 Rehab: Away

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: Away

A way

A way out



A day

A day out

A date


A tale

A tale told

The day

On the way

This week’s prompt is AWAY. My interpretation of this challenge is characteristically fragmentary and ambiguous. Yours could be anything you want it to be. What will your take on the keyword AWAY be? Blog about it in a poetry post and share your link below!


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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.

70 thoughts on “Poetry 101 Rehab: Away”

  1. i like word combinations, Mara. Running through the possibles. Fun poem, yours. Makes me want to smile.

    My poem, “Changes” ( http://wp.me/p5BCD4-7N ), was written at a cross-roads time of my life (one of many), when going away/removing myself totally from my accustomed comfort zone, became my preferred decision. One doesn’t want to hurt people, but . . . often people are not happy to be told that one can walk away from them and not look back. Until many years later, anyway. Retrospection may be cheating, but it somes makes the difference re: survival.

    There are many more cheerful ideas for this prompt. I hope to write a new poem, also, but I saw “Away” and knew I had to hunt through my archives for this one. I hope you lie it.


    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comment – one cannot but agree with the sentiments… And thank you for sharing another of your pieces! No need to write new poems when the inspiration doesn’t strike, it’s great to revisit older pieces as well! Your poem appeals to me a lot as I think I happen to share some of your experience…

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    1. Wow, it’s great when inspiration strikes and one sits down to write with easy! I’m happy that you joined this challenge, it’s a pleasure to read your poem. It flows so easily and holds the reader’s interest throughout. Great job!

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    1. Thinking out of the box and not finding the way back to the box is precisely what I love. I believe that’s the best way to approach creative writing 🙂 I don’t like your poem, I love it!

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  2. Haven’t had the time to read any of the other poems yet but I can’t wait for it… 🙂

    Anyways…. I have written this poem “Away”. I would like to ask if the shift in the tense is working like I hope it is.


    And I also wrote a drabble.
    Mara’s prompt inspired both but the topics are entirely different 🙂


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    1. Nice to see you and with not one but two poems 🙂 ! I particularly like your “Away” piece, I think the shifts of tenses works great to make the poem even more interesting.

      I had to google “drabble” and when I read yours, I was moved a lot. A painful piece precisely to the point. Thank you for sharing!


  3. ambiguity is good it gives leverage for opportunity. BTW I extended my Port Merion pottery, found the whole set at an antiques market yesterday when I was AWAY, how exciting, you know how i love old things lol x

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    1. I love to see different interpretations of one piece, it’s great that each reader finds her own way of seeing a piece of poetry! Your poem is superb. I would never ever be capable of writing from the perspective of a child – and you not only do that, but do that perfectly.


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