Poetry Challenge #35-Riffing Rhyming it So!

It's raining where I live. It rained yesterday. And the day before.  And guess what? Tomorrow is forecasted to be another dreary. Rainy. Blucky day. (Yes, I know rain is good for the flowers, but it’s been raining so much, even the flowers are drooping.)

rain.jpg

Remember that nursery rhyme, “Rain, Rain go away…” I’m singing it today, just as we used to sing it when I was a kid. And dang if it didn’t work…sometimes. (Even when it didn’t, just singing it made us feel sunny.) Let’s give it a try:

Poetry Challenge #35

              Riffing Rhyming it So!

Let’s begin with the old nursery rhyme: Here's the 1st stanza—it can continue . . . as long as the rain falls.

Think of something you’d like to go away. If it’s not rain, something else—whatever you would like to go away. Begin by substituting what you want to go away for the word “Rain” every time it appears. (It works best if your “go away” thing is only 1 or two syllables; if it has a long name you’ll have to abbreviate it.)

Next, skip to line 3 and substitute your name for “Little Johnny.” Mine is “Crazy Kelly”—cause the rain is driving me CraZy!

Now, you have a choice. Do you want to riff the easy way? Or the harder way? 

Easy way: Notice how every line in the original ends in a rhyme: Away, Day, Play? If what you’d like to do is “play” or rhymes with play, you’re on easy street. Simply substitute what you’d like to do for “play” throughout the nursery rhyme. Easy as that, you’ve created a new chant. Or...

Harder way: If you’re ready to really riff, think of some similes for the phrase “Go Away.” Here are a few to get you started. (Because I am still hoping this chant works, I’m sticking with rain.):

  • Rain, Rain, hit the road . . .
  • Rain, Rain, take a hike . . .
  • Rain, rain, wave bye-bye . . .

Crack open that rhyming dictionary again because WHAT you’d do if whatever you want to go away, really did do just that, needs to rhyme. I, for example, need to come up with rhymes for "road" "hike" "bye" that I'd like to do. 

Now put it all together. Feel free to change other words, mess with the pattern . . . heck, skip rhyming all together if you want. After all, it’s your riff. Here’s mine:

Rain, Rain take a hike,

Curtis wants to ride his bike.

Rain, rain wave bye-bye,

I’m sick and tired of staying inside!

Rain, rain, hit the road,

Or CraZy Kelly will EXPLODE!

Wha-lah! Just like that you’ll have created your own nursery rhyme. If you’re lucky it might even work! 

 Rain, Rain, if you're gonna stay, I'll bake a cherry pie today!

Rain, Rain, if you're gonna stay, I'll bake a cherry pie today!

*Cindy Faughnan (an excellent baker!--click on the hyperlink to see) and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 762 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 dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl

Poetry Challenge #34-I Have Never __________

There are many things I’ve never done. Truths and Lies: I’ve never pet a tiger although I had a stuffed one growing up. I’ve never eaten snails or octopus. I’ve never run a marathon or climbed a mountain over 3000 feet tall.

Poetry Challenge #34

I Have Never ___________________

Make a list of some things you’ve never done. Try dividing your list into sections: things you’ve never done and never want to do, things you’d like to do but haven’t done yet, and things that seem impossible. Write a poem using some of these. It could be a list poem or it could be about one of these things. Maybe it’s a wish poem of things you want to do.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

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

*Cindy Faughnan (an excellent baker!--click on the hyperlink to see) and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 750 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 dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl

Poetry Challenge #33-Yes, You May!

It’s May! It’s May! Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, grass is growing, trees are branching out—and so are we! Hooray! Hooray!

 Ring around the May Pole

Ring around the May Pole

Mothre May I.jpg

Taking a cue from the musical Camelot’s Lusty Month of May song, in which merrymakers prance about singing “It’s May! It’s May! The month of Yes, You May!” we’re giving ourselves permission to break a few rules.

 

 

Poetry Challenge #33

“Yes, You May!”

With “Yes, You May” as the title, write a poem giving someone (or something)—maybe yourself—permission to be naughty, mischievous, daring—in other words, to do something he, she, it—YOU—would never, ever do. As this poem is a celebration of May, use flowery, colorful, provocative language. And, if you’re in the mood to be extra daring, give permission to go all out by having every line begin with “Yes, You May” . . .

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

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

 As if you need permission

As if you need permission

“Yes, You May!” Playlist:

Lusty Month of May from Lerner & Lowe’s Camelot

 

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 750 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 dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl

Poetry Challenge #32-Pick A Number . . .

numbers.jpg

Feeling lucky?

Poetry Challenge #32

Pick a Number . . .

Do you have a favorite number?

Cindy's is 5; mine is 8. You can pick your own number for this challenge or use a deck of cards or a pair of dice to come up with a random one. Same with the letter. Pick your own or draw a letter from a word game. Have fun!

1) Pick a number between 1 and 10.
2) Pick a letter.
3) Write a poem using that many syllables (or that many words) on each line.
4) Use as many words as possible beginning with your letter.
5) Write at least seven lines. Play with those words.

Here’s a poem Cindy made up following these directions entitled 5,L:

Lucy leaves little
lines between luscious
legumes planted in
her least favorite
plot of the garden.
Limited color
of light leaves lay to
the left creating
some leathernecking.
Let them alone and
they will grow lavish.
pick a letter.jpg

Pick A Number Playlist:

I Feel Lucky by Mary Chapin Carpenter

 

 

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl

Poetry Challenge #31-Hello Earth! It’s Me _____________

Back when I was a kid . . . (when we walked 7 miles uphill to school...phoneless) Arbor Day was the “Earth” celebration. Come April 10th, paper-cup seedlings in hand we’d tromp outside to thank our planet by planting our baby trees or a collective tree (each student took a turn scooping in dirt)—or a flower. I should know, I wrote am entire--125 word--book about Arbor Day!

Since 1970, when Earth Day, a bigger, more expansive world-wide environmental “Movement” came into creation (take that J. Sterling Morton), Arbor Day has lost its popularity—but trees haven’t.

In the spirit of inclusivity, with a nod to Arbor Day on Earth Day, here we go:

Poetry Challenge #31

Hello Earth! It’s Me __________________ the Tree!

For this prompt, you’ll need a clean sheet of paper (kind of ironic, isn’t it) and something to write with (a No.2 pencil perhaps).

Tree Shape Poem Examples

We’re going to create a Shape Poem about a tree.  But not just any tree, the tree you’d like to be.

FYI: “A Shape Poem is a type of poetry that describes an object and is shaped the same as the object the poem is describing.”*

#1:  Imagine Yourself as a Tree.

#2: Ask yourself what kind of tree are you? What do you look like? What’s your name?

#3: Draw a picture of YOU _____________ the Tree. As this is only a 7-minute prompt, make it a quick sketch (you can always embellish later).

Above your tree sketch, add the title:

Hello Earth! It’s Me ___your name here_____ the Tree.

Now, with You the Tree in mind, doodle words, phrases, questions, all around your tree’s roots, trunk, branches . . . add leaves, vines creatures.

And if you feel inspired, use those words to pencil a poem about You the Tree.

hug a tree.jpg

Or, heck, run outside and

Hug A Tree!

Climb A Tree!

Hang your poem from a tree!

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 750 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 dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl

Poetry Challenge #30-Loopty-Loop

Heck it's Friday the 13th! 13th Day of poetry month! Let's be brave! Daring! Loopty even. Come on!

Loopty-Loo.jpg

Poetry Challenge #30

Loop Poem

Round and round and round we go!

In a loop poem, the last word of a line becomes the first word of the next line and so on until the last word of the poem which should be the first word of the poem.

Here’s an example Cindy made up:

Read a book,
book a plane,
plane a board,
board a train,
train a dog,
dog-ear a page,
page my doctor,
doctor the soup,
soup up the horse,
horse around time,
time for a walk,
walk home and read.

Here's one I came up with:

Dance eyes closed, head back
Back and forth, side to side, slide, knees high,
High on sound waves thumping
Thumping thumping to your heart beating
Beating out the tune with head, your hips, your feet
Feat of daring, proud, with love. . .
Love the sound, love the moves, love
Love the way you feel,
Feel the love. Dance.

Now you try it. Can you write a loop poem of at least seven lines?

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

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

Loop-dee-loop.png

Loopity-Loop Playlist:

 

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 750 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. (She dreamed up this loopy challenge.) 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 dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl

Poetry Challenge #29 The Name Game

Name Game.jpg

Have you ever played The Name Game? It’s a jingle really. And was a popular 1964 song by Shirley Ellis, a rhyming game that creates variations on a person's name.

Shirley Shirley Bo-Berly

Banana-fana fo-ferly

Listen to the song:  The Name Game!

In the spirit of The Name Game, here we go:

Poetry Challenge #29

Name-Name Bo-Bame Game

  Start with your name, ala The Name Game.  How?

Repeat your name twice, stick a "bo" in the mix, finish by changing the first letter of your name with a B. Like this:

Kelly-kelly bo belly

Now, using that as the beginning, write a rhyming poem by changing the endings of other words so they rhyme, too. (If you're stuck start by making a list of words that end with the same sound your name does: belly, swellie, jelly, ellie, smelly, umbrellie . . . ) Feel free to make up words, too. After all, this is your poem!

 Sound hard? Maybe . . .

Sound fun? YES-YES BO-BES!

whats-in-a-name.jpg

Come on, give it a try! As Shirley says in the song, "There's no name you can't rhyme!"

 

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge more than 2 years 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 dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl

Poetry Challenge #28-UP For A Balliol?

What's Say We Try Something New Tonight! 

(I'm game if you're game . . . )

Poetry Challenge # 28

Let's Try A Balliol*

The balliol is a four-line poem that has two pairs of rhyming couplets (a couplet is two lines). Each line contains four beats (which you can get by writing eight syllables). Balliols are usually funny and about a person. The first couplet includes the person’s name. The second talks about what they do or who they are.

Here’s an example Cindy came up with:

Inventor Thomas Edison
had light bulb moments in his den.
He lit the streets so all could tell
’twas one o’clock and all was well.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

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

 

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge more than 2 years ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. (This one 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 dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!