Poetry Challenge #70-Noises On!

For the last poetry challenge we explored the Sound of Silence, this time, let’s crank up the volume by focusing on noise. 

Poetry Challenge #70

Noises On!

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Visualize an event, a moment, an incident—either real or imagined. Now, close your eyes and listen to the sound of significant movements and/or actions happening in that moment. What sounds do you hear? Heart beats, water dripping, footsteps, maybe bells . . .

Write a poem using these sounds. Try establishing a rhythm by repeating the sound a few times in each line followed or preceded by what is making the sound. Some hugely successful songs use sounds in this way. For example, in The Trolley Song sung notably by Judy Garland in the movie Meet Me in St. Louis sounds are used to describe the first moment Ester meets John:

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley
Ding, ding, ding went the bell
Zing, zing, zing went my heart strings
From the moment I saw him I fell

Chug, chug, chug went the motor
Bump, bump, bump went the brake
Thump, thump, thump went my heart strings
When he smiled I could feel the car shake
— The Trolley Song by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane
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And in one of the all-time greatest stick-in-your-head songs That’s Amore! sung notably by Dean Martin jingly sounds are what make us what to sing and dance along:

Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you’ll sing “Vita bella”
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay
Like a gay tarantella
— That’s Amore! written by Jack Brooks & Harry Warren

If you have your list of sounds, but you’re stuck for a way in, use one of these songs as a model for your poem (that’s what I did.)

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Noises On! Playlist:

  • That’s Amore! written by Jack Brooks & Harry Warren

  • The Trolley Song by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane

BTW: If you are wondering where the usual links are, my resolution is to stop promoting compensation-free downloading. Please download from your fav buying spot.

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*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge more than 1000 days ago! We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

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Poetry Challenge #69-The Sound of Silence

I’m writing this from the middle of a snowstorm. Heavy snow blankets the ground, outlines the trees, and continues to fall. Schools and businesses are closed. There’s no traffic. The world is silent. And that got me thinking: what does silence sound like?

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Poetry Challenge #69

The Sound of Silence

Write a poem that’s filled with silence. What images make you think of silence? What can you see and not hear?

Try using quiet sounds—s and l and w—for your words so your poem has a quiet sound to it.

Shhh. Listen. Write.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

The Sound of Silence Playlist:

Simon & Garfunkle’s Sounds of Silence (Of course!) BTW: If you are wondering where the usual link is, my resolution is to stop promoting compensation-free downloading. The link attached is to info about the song. Please buy it if you want to listen.

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge at least 998 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. (This prompt was Cindy’s idea.) If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

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Poetry Challenge #68-For Old Time’s Sake

Happy first 7-Minute Poetry Challenge of the New Year!

Did you sing Auld Lang Syne on New Years? Or maybe watched/heard it sung in scores of movies including, It’s A Wonderful Life, Charlie Chaplin’s The Goldrush, Harry Met Sally, Meet Me in St. Louis, Out of Africa, or, naturally, the movie New Year’s Eve?

If “yes,” then the first stanza and chorus of that iconic song is familiar—although you probably don’t actually “know” the words. According to a CNN report I googled (to be sure I had the words correct) “just 3% in the United Kingdom know the words (42% of millennials have no clue).” For the record:

Auld Lang Syne* penned by Robert Burns in 1788

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And auld lang syne.

CHORUS

For auld lang syne, my jo,

For auld lang syne.

We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.

*Note not “old land sign.”

Those words “Auld Lang Syne” literally meaning “old long since,” are commonly translated as “days gone by” or “old time’s sake.” The song is basicallty a call to share “a cup o’ kindness.” The “kindness” in Burns cup is believed to be firewater, but that’s not necessarily the case.

Poetry Challenge #68

For Old Time’s Sake

Let’s begin this spanking new year by sharing a cup of kindness in the form of a poem. Think back over the past year and recall a kindness someone gave to you. What was that kindness? How did it make you feel to receive it? With that in mind, fill a cup with a kindness of your own. To whom will you pass it?

Title your poem “Cup of Kindness”

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think too much, just do it!

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More about the song

More movies featuring Auld Lang Syne

The CNN 2018 article

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge about 990 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

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Poetry Challenge #67-Are You Blue? or Green? or Purple?

End of the year-post/mid holiday crush check in time . . .

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Poetry Challenge #67

Are You Blue? or Green? or Purple?

Look around the room. List as many things as you can see that are that color. Look again. Find one more.

Pick one or more items on your list and write about them. What is it? Where did it come from? How long have you had it? Is it useful? Do you need it? Do you want it?

When you’re finished, try to cut 10 words from your poem. Play with your word choices to add better sounds, rhythm, or rhyme.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think too much, just do it!

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge 988ish days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

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Poetry Challenge #66-Blank in a Box

It’s that time of year! Porches all across America are heaped with boxes. Such tempting boxes. (Too tempting for some; more than one friend has had packages pilfered.) Ever wonder what’s inside those boxes? Let’s find out!

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Powetry Challenge #66

Blank in a Box

Imagine a mysterious box on your doorstep. What’s inside?

For today’s prompt, begin by filling in the blank: I found a ___________ box . . .

With that as the first line, compose a five-line poem of one syllable words about what’s inside that box.

Challenge yourself by creating a box-shaped concrete poem. For example, 5 lines of 5 three-letter words would look box-like, or vary the length of the words so each line is the same length.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Blank in a Box Playlist:

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge 975+ days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

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Poetry Challenge #65-I Yam! Channeling Shakespeare/Popeye

William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays, 4 poems and 154 sonnets (that we know of). Of these, many of the plays and all 154 sonnets are written in iambic pentameter. Popeye guzzled spinach from the can and sang one truly memorable song, “I Yam what I Yam.”  

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What do Shakespeare and Popeye have in common? I Yam!

“I Yam” as in I-Yam-bic Pentameter. Iambic meaning a two-syllable soft-hard beat foot: “I-am” or “I-Yam”; Pentameter meaning five metrical of these feet, thus creating that singsong rhythm—da DA da DA da DA da DA da DA.

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That pattern soft-HARD-soft-HARD-soft-HARD (like a horse gallop) is said to “fit the natural rhythms of English fairly well” in that it offers “enough structure to be memorable and enjoyable, without feeling sing-songy.”

 Too, in Shakespeare’s case (and maybe Popeye’s creators, too) the words were intended to be memorized—not read. Mimicking the natural rhythm of the english language I am I yam I am I yam I am made memorization easier.*

If Shakespeare and Popeye could do it, surely we can to.  

Poetry Challenge #65  

I Yam! Channeling Shakespeare/Popeye 

Can you write a four-line rhyming stanza of iambic pentameter?

Or, in Popeye-ese, four-lines each line five I-Yams long?

You can rhyme each pair of lines (AABB) or every other one (ABAB), whichever you choose.

Write on any subject you want or choose one of the prompts below.

 I wish I could remember…

I love the smell of…

I’m waiting for…

Once you’ve got the rhythm, ala Shakespeare, try writing a complete 14-line sonnet.  

BTW: “French and Italian frequently use six-foot lines, which correspond to about the same number of words but with more gender-marked endings,” (Literature Stack

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*Cindy Faughnan nd I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 950 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

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Poetry Challenge #64-Got Bubbles?

Dec. 5th is a Red Letter Day on my calendar. It’s National Bathtub Party Day!

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According to my go-to need a reason to celebrate site, National Calendar Day:

Bathtub Party Day was created as a way to skip the ordinary, everyday shower and to luxuriate in the pure pleasure of a good soak in the tub. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Gather your favorite bath bomb, a good book and a glass of Moscato and let the worries of the day fade away while you relax in the tub.
— www.nationalcalendarday.com
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 Poetry Prompt #64

 Got Bubbles?

Write a poem about a Bathtub Party which incorporates some or all of the following words:

Bub, Bubbles, Suds, Splash, Scrub, Soap, Splash, Rubber Ducky and Ninja (It’s International Ninja Day, too.)

Extra points if your poem rhymes.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

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Got Bubbles? Playlist:

*Cindy Faughnan nd I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 950 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

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Poetry Challenge #63-Five Books High

Do you have a pile of books? I always have a stack that I want to read. Sometimes it grows so large I’m afraid it will fall on me and hurt!

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Poetry Challenge #63

Five Books High

For this prompt, take a look at a stack of five books or five books on a shelf. Take the first word (not A or THE) and write it down. Use these words in a poem.

Here are the words from the first five books Cindy’s stack:

cool    miracle    spell    tamed    bird

And here’s the poem Cindy wrote in 7 minutes:

Watching the sun go down

was a cool miracle,

a study in pink and orange and red,

a mystical spell

that tamed the world.

And like the evening bird,

we sang one last word.
No excuses! If you don’t have a stack of books nearby, use mine!

No excuses! If you don’t have a stack of books nearby, use mine!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

*Cindy Faughnan (reader/reviewer extraordinaire) and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 950 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

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