Poet On The Loose: Poetry Challenge 11/14/13

Hey, I’m in the mood for some fun today, so I’m issuing a new poetry challenge. The picture below is of a stained glass creation by a very dear friend of mine, Dorothy Mercer, who is now 92 years old.

She has led a most interesting and happy life, traveling the world and serving her hometown community in many beneficial roles. Making stained glass ornaments was a favorite hobby of hers for many years, and she has made pounds of it for family and friends. This piece is very dear to me, and I thought to capture it in a photo the other day as it hung on my kitchen wall.


But today, because I’m in a playful mood, I’ve decided to work at creating a poem about this piece. With that decision came this thought: why not invite everyone else to come over and play as well? So I’m inviting all my readers to jump in and have some fun with me.

Here’s the challenge:

Write a rhyming, metered poem based on this stained glass ornament. It can be about the piece itself or about some idea, dream, memory, or event that it brings to your mind. You may use any meter and rhyme scheme that you wish – but – IT MUST HAVE BOTH A DEFINITE METER AND RHYME.  No blank verse allowed.

Once you’ve written your poem and posted it on your blog, hop over here and leave your link in the comments section — along with any comments you want to make. I’ll share them all with Dorothy next time I get to visit her.

Feel free to download the picture and use it with your poem on your own site.

This challenge will close on November 28th.

(Now that I’ve issued this challenge, I hope I can come up with a poem. When I do, I’ll give it its own post and come back here and put the link in the comments section with the rest of them.)

I’m looking forward to some good poetry reading.



8 thoughts on “Poet On The Loose: Poetry Challenge 11/14/13

    1. Now, Gilly, you have to try. One of the reasons I made the challenge this way is because I know so many people who write poetry, but they never try rhyme and meter. I’m just trying to get more people to experiment with it. And it doesn’t have to be perfect.

      I don’t mean to make you feel obligated, but I’m almost positive that if you did try, you would come up with something great. It doesn’t have to be long either. The one I came up with this evening is quite short and simple. But do it only if you’re in the mood to experiment.

      Thanks for replying, though, and calling it a “lovely idea.”

  1. I would have loved to have accompanied you on this poetry path, for I am a fellow poet myself. I just joined WordPress yesterday and I was just browsing through some Freshly Pressed posts when I came across this one…I loved your poem and thought it was very inspirational. If you’d allow, I’d love to add my own. 🙂

    1. Please do add your own — more than one if you like. One fellow blogger who usually always takes part in any challenges from here has had to be offline for a while, so he hasn’t been able to send anything in yet. And another great blogging friend has shied away from the challenge because she doesn’t do meter and rhyme, but I’m pressing her to try. Anyway, I extended it until the 28th, so write away and post the link in the “Comments” section here. Actually, you can do that even after that date, but I don’t know that people will keep checking back here to look for new links after the 28th.

      Welcome to the WordPress family.

      By the way, did I understand you to say that you discovered this in the “Freshly Pressed” posts? The reason I asked is that I didn’t have any idea WP had put anything from here into the “Freshly Pressed” listing, and I’m a little surprised.

      Thanks for connecting.

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