Surf – a poem.

Surf
by Ronovan Hester

No peaks, valleys, or destination points.
Never was a road map pointing the way.
No guarantees the fall will eventually end.
The trek back to the top not blazed or marked. Lost. Alone.
Unique in your success, and one more number in the failures.

Dreams ride the random undulating waves.
The crests unstable and never solid for long.
The high only lasts a moment before the crash.
The climax ends in a churning trough of descent, expected, unknown.
To climb this mountain your vision is vast and wide, planning, and watching.

Carried by the past dashed dreams of others,
and the burning saltiness of millennia of failures.
Just one unbalanced breath, and your ride in peril.
And your next, you slip, not along rough terrain to the bottom of dirt and stone.
But down the wall of see-through glass, life on the other side. Predators of players?

Or the dramatic plunge, less graceful than chaos.
Watching the greeting sun reflecting surface below.
Chest raw from the impact through the vanishing hopes.
Pushing through, chin, knees, shins, scrapped with sandpaper of pulverized dead things.
Bloodied and bruised, but not the end, tumbling over and over, gasping for breath. Dying?

Your limp body washes up on the sand, choking.
You join the other eons of unrecognizable rejects.
No one to help. No roadside assistance. No guardian.
People walking along, heads down, looking for empty shells, and finding you.
But you’re not enough, not quite dead enough, you stink of fresh disappointment.

Their heads refuse to look out to the horizon,
never seeing the sun-soaked crests of possibilities.
None of those tumbles, those survivors, or those joys.
They always walk safely on dry sand, toes dry, just out of reach of adventure.
The chance, the opportunity, of living. Heads not in the sand but forever bowed.

Lives only change with empty shells of the living.
Polished with time to the point they all look the same,
yet the wary keep up their search for the next perfect vessel.
Only inches away, a vibrant and exciting life calls with a roar they no longer hear.
But you’ve survived, and you tremble to your battered and pain-filled knees, again.

You stand, turn to that uncharted, desired filled world.
Wading in up to your chest, deep in the sting of the past.
Now dive and swim to fight the tide, or others will drag you.
They’ll help you along or drown you with their own failures, sinking before they’ve crested,
back to those footprints in the sand, now another empty shell to add to their dead collection.

Turn, wade, dive, scan the playing field, and wait for the swell.
Each fall, each ripped open chest and scrapped chin, battle scars.
No success without trying, nor without appreciated amounts of failure.
With each toe that leaves the sand behind, it dips into the salty dreams of ancient warriors.
You learn to descend from those crests in control, with less in chaos. With more success than not.


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Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 40: (FLOAT) in the B rhyme line.

You may, if you wish, make some kind of link between the Haiku Challenge prompt of (RELEASE and Simple). and this Décima Challenge of FLOAT in the B rhyme line. This means you could write a haiku post using the prompt words. Then do a Décima post using this week’s prompt uniting the two with a common message.
The 2 CHALLENGES are SEPARATE but CAN BE combined if YOU CHOOSE to do so.
  • For last week’s Décima Poets’ poems written for the prompt for CONTRAST, click HERE for all their links in one post. A good opportunity to check out some examples of Décima.

****WELCOME TO THE DÉCIMA POETRY CHALLENGE****

Each week we’ll be attempting a Décima, also known as an Espinela, poem.

If you don’t know how to write a Décima, click HERE to go to a post on How to Write an Espinela or Décima Poem.

Or

THE QUICK DESCRIPTION OF HOW TO WRITE A DÉCIMA:

  1. There are 10 lines of poetry that rhyme.
  2. 8 syllables per line.
  3. There is a SET RHYMING PATTERN we must stick to. ABBAACCDDC OR  two stanzas of ABBA/ACCDDC.

THE CHALLENGE PART:

  1. The prompt word given (in the post heading) must appear at the end of one of the given rhyme lines given (in the post heading), either A, B, C, or D. Let’s say for an EXAMPLE we use the word (STABLE) in the D line. ALWAYS DEFER TO THE WORD AND RHYME LINE IN THE POST HEADING. Sometimes I might miss changing those spots in the challenge post.
  2. The other rhyme line(s) should rhyme with the given word (STABLE). Then the other (D) line should rhyme. Words such as Able, Cable, and Fable.
  3. Once you complete your poem pingback and/or copy/paste your post link into the comments blow.

Our Youth Need…

The young have not been so lucky,
their world defined by death and rage,
We had freedom, they have a cage,
locked up safe from the dying spree.

The fool and wisdom disagree,
on how to save democracy.
Our youth drown in hypocrisy,
as blue label fights red label.
They need foundations firm…stable,
with no games of bureaucracy.


If you can’t come up with a Décima using the given prompt, you can use a Synonym instead. I don’t want to stall your creativity, and with the possibility of a synonym, you will certainly write something amazing…or in my case, something that rhymes.

 

ONCE YOU COMPLETE YOUR POEM PINGBACK AND/OR COPY/PASTE YOUR LINK INTO THE COMMENTS BELOW.

  • That way other people can visit your post and check out your poem.
  • You can also put the link of this challenge in your post to let your followers know where to go if they want to participate. This is called a Pingback. This is not mandatory to join in or to put your post link in the comments. Click HERE to find out how to do a Pingback.
  • Reblogging is great as well.

Some people like to copy and paste the challenge image into their posts. That’s okay with me.

Sites to help:

RhymeZone.com
Thesaurus.com
Merriam-Webster.com  Use this site for syllables. I’ve used several online counters and too many have given different counts for the same word, so I use the dictionary now. Also, in some parts of the English speaking world, the syllables may come out in the spoken language a bit differently. And that’s okay. Write to enjoy, too learn, and yes, try to get the syllables right, but above all create and enjoy.

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Décima Challenge 39 Poets Collected

12 Poets from last week’s challenge of CONTRAST and their Décimas. All links open in a new window when clicked on.

Please be sure to visit everyone at least once if you haven’t already. More variety than I thought would happen this week with the prompt word being Gift.

 

Decima Challenge Poets Collected Image


Don’t Forget the Half | CSNelson:   Boy Bye!


EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO | Larry Trasciatti:   Looking Back


http://www.engleson.ca

Yes, The Poem is Called January 6th, 2021

Here we sit, a ruling at last,
An electoral finale day.
There are no more dragons to slay.
He is now a voice from the past.

Still, he will scream, rant and contrast
his fantasy with all that’s real,
chant he won, cry “the big steal”
berate, bamboozle, and bellow,
blame the stars, the other fellow,
as we await Biden’s New Deal.

Part 2: Yes, The Poem is Called January 6th, 2021 Later in the Day

In seconds, chaos moves in fast,
a fevered Trump-fuelled riot,
Democracy, once sound, quiet,
and this disgrace, such a contrast.

Trump is an actor so miscast,
a grim presidential eyesore
at best, at worst a rotting core,
a gash on America’s heart.
We watch civility depart
and inch closer to civil war.


Bob Fairfield:  A Ray of Hope


Frank Hubney | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking:  Contrast – Poetry, Short Prose and Walking


Laurie McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge:   Contrast – (Weekly Decima Prompt #) – Laura McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge


MMA Storytime:   A Stark Contrast


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:  The Dream


Ronovan Writes:  The World Watches


Stine Writing:  Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 39: (CONTRAST) in the A rhyme line. – Stine Writing


Two on a Rant:  Ronovan Writes Décima & Haiku poetry challenge : | Two on a Rant


willowdot21:   Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 39: (CONTRAST) in the A rhyme line. | willowdot21



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The World Watches – A poem.

The World Watches

Daily we are given contrast
of what is true and what is thought.
Fools run amok with lies they’ve bought,
leading to the flag at half-mast.

Thank the Lord the role’s been recast.
But the mad serpent still has fangs,
venom seeps into disturbed veins.
Infected minds storm hallowed halls,
seeking truth with traitorous calls.
Strife will never remove these stains.

 


How to write an Espinela or Décima poem.

My entry for this week’s Décima Poetry Challenge NO. 39 CONTRAST.


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Life’s Needs – a poem.

Life’s Needs

red velvet petals

release needed enchantment,

on this simple man

 


How to Write a Haiku in English Form

A haiku for this week’s Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge of RELEASE and Simple.

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Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 340 RELEASE and Simple.

A Seasonal Badge below.


Check out the COMMENTS for entries this week, and come back throughout the week to see more links to poems as they come in.

Drop by on Wednesday for the Décima Poetry Challenge. Sometimes the two challenges have similar themes you can unite over the week.

Click HERE for last week’s collected links for easy access to the poems of last week’s poets. (CHILD and Grow)

Click HERE. To learn about the new style I’ve created called Shi Rensa Haiku and how to write one, maybe even for the challenges.



An updated How to Write Haiku in English. that has just a little more detail and for knowledge and perhaps craft. And how to do a Pingback.

Useful Links.
Thesaurus: RELEASE, Simple
Thesaurus.com
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The Guidelines:

  1. Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in English (the link shows you how) as my style, which is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third, but you can use what you like.
    • The link above has links on how to write Haibun and Tanka. You can also do the 3/5/3 form if you like instead of the 5/7/5 that I usually use. Write, share, and have fun. For syllable help,
    • For syllables for each word, and different definitions, you use the definition that works for you Haiku. You can also use SYNONYMS. Go to Thesaurus.com for synonym help.
  1.  
  2. Copy the link of your finished haiku URL and paste in a comment below so we can all go and visit your Haiku.
    • You can do a pingback. What’s a pingback? Place the URL from the address bar up top from this post as a link within your post. Your inclusion of the link encourages others to try the challenge, be creative, and join a community to find friends and more followers (hopefully). I honestly gain nothing with more people visiting the post. I don’t have ads running that generates revenue by your visit or by clicks on whatever WordPress has put up.
    • Click HERE for a detailed post on PINGBACKS.
  3. If you like, copy the image in this post and place it within their post, just to show the Haiku is part of this challenge.
    • I am not saying you need or even should, but if you would like to do so then go ahead.


The Challenge Words!

SIMPLE and Release

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Haiku Challenge 339 Poets Collected.

Links to the 24 Poets from last week’s challenge of CHILD and Grow and their haiku. All links open in a new window when clicked on.

I’m not going to do the whole ‘poems to check out thing’ any longer. Each time I don’t, I have to explain it’s because they are all so good. Well, they usually are all good. Sometimes a few do jump out and I let those poets know it on their comments sometimes if I have the energy and the fingers don’t hurt. (Part of my chronic pain affects my hands, especially making my fingertips tender, and when I type it’s like I’m hammering them into a rock.)

This week people went in some GREAT directions. Seriously check them out. You’ll enjoy.

fall haiku challenge poets collected japanese maple with black and white background


Annette Rochelle Aben:  mimics 


Tina Stewart Brakebill:    in the pauses (a tanka)


But I Smile Anyway… | Rita Bhathal:    Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 339 CHILD and Grow | But I Smile Anyway…


Tessa Dean | Author:  Nurturing Child


Don’t Forget The Half:  Love Wins (Haiku)


William Thomas Engleson:

I Was Just Thinking of That

The child that I am,
that I was, that time has gone,
yet still I grow young.

I Was Just Thinking of ThatShi Rensa

The child that I am,
that I was, that time has gone,
yet still I grow young.

Yet still I grow young,
playful, easily side-tracked,
lost in misplaced thoughts.

Lost in misplaced thoughts,
I search the inner reaches
Of my memory.

Of my memory,
snippets of time that warm me.
For the rest, farewell.

http://www.engleson.ca


Bob Fairfield:    https://bobfairfield.org/2021/01/04/ronovan-writes-haiku-weekly-challenge-339/


Farrago Express | Michael Williams:  Things Change


Guarded Heart Tapestry | Jael Stevens:    Child Can’t Grow


Help from Heaven | Regina:    A Mother’s Nurturing Love 


Laura McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge:     The Full Stop  


J-Dubs Grin and Bear It:  Haiku – 1/4/21 – J-Dubs Grin and Bear It     

LSS Attitude of Gratitude: https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2021/01/04/ronovan-writes-haiku-339-child-grow/


Malham Magna | Alice:   Too serious


Mindfills:     https://mindfills.wordpress.com/2021/01/04/grow-a-senryu/


MMA Storytime:   Childish Dreams


Mystical Strings | Dr. Crystal Grimes:   Courage


Quilted Poetry | Lizl Bennefeld:      Look again


Revived Writer:    Sorry, Mom


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:   https://arthurrichardson.org/2021/01/06/haiku-challenge/


Scribblans:    Sometimes I Don’t Rhymes: Ronovan Writes – Child and Grow – Scribblans


Sketching Words | Diane Puterbaugh:   January Squares


Straight From My Heart:     Grownup Child


The Bag Lady:  Ronovanwrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt – The Bag Lady


WillowDot21:    Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 339 CHILD and Grow. | willowdot21


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Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 39: (CONTRAST) in the A rhyme line.

You may, if you wish, make some kind of link between the Haiku Challenge prompt of (CHILD and Grow). and this Décima Challenge of CONTRAST in the A rhyme line. This means you could write a haiku post using the prompt words. Then do a Décima post using this week’s prompt uniting the two with a common message.
The 2 CHALLENGES are SEPARATE but CAN BE combined if YOU CHOOSE to do so.
  • For last week’s Décima Poets’ poems written for the prompt for BASH, click HERE for all their links in one post. A good opportunity to check out some examples of Décima.

****WELCOME TO THE DÉCIMA POETRY CHALLENGE****

Each week we’ll be attempting a Décima, also known as an Espinela, poem.

If you don’t know how to write a Décima, click HERE to go to a post on How to Write an Espinela or Décima Poem.

Or

THE QUICK DESCRIPTION OF HOW TO WRITE A DÉCIMA:

  1. There are 10 lines of poetry that rhyme.
  2. 8 syllables per line.
  3. There is a SET RHYMING PATTERN we must stick to. ABBAACCDDC OR  two stanzas of ABBA/ACCDDC.

THE CHALLENGE PART:

  1. The prompt word given (in the post heading) must appear at the end of one of the given rhyme lines given (in the post heading), either A, B, C, or D. Let’s say for an EXAMPLE we use the word (STABLE) in the D line. ALWAYS DEFER TO THE WORD AND RHYME LINE IN THE POST HEADING. Sometimes I might miss changing those spots in the challenge post.
  2. The other rhyme line(s) should rhyme with the given word (STABLE). Then the other (D) line should rhyme. Words such as Able, Cable, and Fable.
  3. Once you complete your poem pingback and/or copy/paste your post link into the comments blow.

Our Youth Need…

The young have not been so lucky,
their world defined by death and rage,
We had freedom, they have a cage,
locked up safe from the dying spree.

The fool and wisdom disagree,
on how to save democracy.
Our youth drown in hypocrisy,
as blue label fights red label.
They need foundations firm…stable,
with no games of bureaucracy.


If you can’t come up with a Décima using the given prompt, you can use a Synonym instead. I don’t want to stall your creativity, and with the possibility of a synonym, you will certainly write something amazing…or in my case, something that rhymes.

 

ONCE YOU COMPLETE YOUR POEM PINGBACK AND/OR COPY/PASTE YOUR LINK INTO THE COMMENTS BELOW.

  • That way other people can visit your post and check out your poem.
  • You can also put the link of this challenge in your post to let your followers know where to go if they want to participate. This is called a Pingback. This is not mandatory to join in or to put your post link in the comments. Click HERE to find out how to do a Pingback.
  • Reblogging is great as well.

Some people like to copy and paste the challenge image into their posts. That’s okay with me.

Sites to help:

RhymeZone.com
Thesaurus.com
Merriam-Webster.com  Use this site for syllables. I’ve used several online counters and too many have given different counts for the same word, so I use the dictionary now. Also, in some parts of the English speaking world, the syllables may come out in the spoken language a bit differently. And that’s okay. Write to enjoy, too learn, and yes, try to get the syllables right, but above all create and enjoy.

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Décima Challenge 38 Poets Collected

10 Poets from last week’s challenge of BASH and their Décimas. All links open in a new window when clicked on.

 

 

Decima Challenge Poets Collected Image

 


EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO | Larry Trasciatti:   Good~Bye 2020


http://www.engleson.ca

The Dark Dawn

The storm inside me seeks the light,
whilst mornings clouds sink to the sea,
And there, within the dark of me,
I huddle in the cold of night.

As 2020 leaves stage right,
Its lines fumbled, no final bow
No gracious words can we allow
This ingenue who entered brash,
bold, and succumbs, no year end bash,
leaving us to wonder: what now?


Bob Fairfield:  The Boxer’s Tale


Frank Hubney | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking:    Spiny Orb Weaver


Like Mercury Colliding | Kat Myrman:   our heroes


MMA Storytime:   Career Day


Revived Writer:     https://revivedwriter.wordpress.com/2020/12/31/6147/


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:   Abashed


Ronovan Writes:    The Final Countdown


willowdot21:   Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 38: (BASH) in the D rhyme line. | willowdot21



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The Final Countdown – A poem.

The Final Countdown

Unity lost to the loppers,
by bottomfeeding dunderheads.
Proof each family tree under-weds,
and brain cells… hippity hoppers.

For the greediest of goppers,
choose to put selfish gain forward.
They hope to feed the frenzied horde.
The two sides come to one last clash.
So they bing they bang and they bash,
and the tally… remains the same.

 


How to write an Espinela or Décima poem.

My entry for this week’s Décima Poetry Challenge NO. 38 BASH.


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Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 339 CHILD and Grow.

A Seasonal Badge below.


Check out the COMMENTS for entries this week, and come back throughout the week to see more links to poems as they come in.

Drop by on Wednesday for the Décima Poetry Challenge. Sometimes the two challenges have similar themes you can unite over the week.

Click HERE for last week’s collected links for easy access to the poems of last week’s poets. (BOUND and Sway)

Click HERE. To learn about the new style I’ve created called Shi Rensa Haiku and how to write one, maybe even for the challenges.



An updated How to Write Haiku in English. that has just a little more detail and for knowledge and perhaps craft. And how to do a Pingback.

Useful Links.
Thesaurus: CHILD, Grow
Thesaurus.com
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The Guidelines:

  1. Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in English (the link shows you how) as my style, which is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third, but you can use what you like.
    • The link above has links on how to write Haibun and Tanka. You can also do the 3/5/3 form if you like instead of the 5/7/5 that I usually use. Write, share, and have fun. For syllable help,
    • For syllables for each word, and different definitions, you use the definition that works for you Haiku. You can also use SYNONYMS. Go to Thesaurus.com for synonym help.
  1.  
  2. Copy the link of your finished haiku URL and paste in a comment below so we can all go and visit your Haiku.
    • You can do a pingback. What’s a pingback? Place the URL from the address bar up top from this post as a link within your post. Your inclusion of the link encourages others to try the challenge, be creative, and join a community to find friends and more followers (hopefully). I honestly gain nothing with more people visiting the post. I don’t have ads running that generates revenue by your visit or by clicks on whatever WordPress has put up.
    • Click HERE for a detailed post on PINGBACKS.
  3. If you like, copy the image in this post and place it within their post, just to show the Haiku is part of this challenge.
    • I am not saying you need or even should, but if you would like to do so then go ahead.


The Challenge Words!

CHILD and Grow

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Haiku Challenge 338 Poets Collected.

Links to the 25 Poets with 1 New Poet from last week’s challenge of BOUND and Sway and their haiku. All links open in a new window when clicked on.

fall haiku challenge poets collected japanese maple with black and white background


Annette Rochelle Aben:    body language


A Wise Woman’s Journey:   Freed


But I Smile Anyway… | Rita Bhathal:    Ronovan Writes #Senryu #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 338 BOUND and SWAY | But I Smile Anyway…


Tessa Dean | Author:  https://tessadeanauthor.com/2020/12/29/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-338-bound-and-sway/


Don’t Forget The Half:   Renewal 2021 – Don’t Forget the Half


William Thomas Engleson:

Resolute

Bound by my old ways,
I await a brand-new year:
What dreams will sway me?

Resolute- a Shi Rensa

Bound by my old ways,
I await a brand-new year:
What dreams will sway me?

What dreams will sway me?
Will I repeat my mistakes?
And lo, what were they?

And lo, what were they?
They were evident to some
though I was heedless.

Though I was heedless,
not always aware, I will
mend my woeful ways.

http://www.engleson.ca


Bob Fairfield:   https://bobfairfield.org/2020/12/29/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-challenge-338-trade-winds/


Farrago Express | Michael Williams: Branch Dance – Farrago Express  NEW To Us This Week!


Guarded Heart Tapestry | Jael Stevens:    Bound By Crimson Sash


Help from Heaven | Regina:       My Pretty Brown Skin


J-Dubs Grin and Bear It:    Haiku – Bound & Sway ~ 12/28/20 – J-Dubs Grin and Bear It   


Malham Magna | Alice:   Sold – Malham Magna


Like Mercury Colliding | Kat Myrman:   our heroes | like mercury colliding…


LSS Attitude of Gratitude  | Lauren:    https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/88281768/posts/3098374417


MMA Storytime:   https://mmastorytime.com/2020/12/28/a-legendary-path/


Mukhamani (Lakshmi Bhat}:  https://mukhamani.wordpress.com/2021/01/01/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-338-bound-and-sway/              


Mystical Strings | Dr. Crystal Grimes:   Progress #Haiku #Poem | Mystical Strings


Prairie Chat | Clarence Holm:   Haiku Challenge (12/28/20) – PrairieChat


Quilted Poetry | Lizl Bennefeld:      Always problems… – Quilted Poetry


Ronovan Writes:  

Leaping and Dancing- a haiku a poem | ronovanwrites

Leaping and Dancing- a Shi Rensa Haiku. | ronovanwrites


Scribblans:    Sometimes I Don’t Rhymes: Ronovan Writes – Bound and Sway – Scribblans


Straight From My Heart:   Country’s Pride – Straight From My Heart 


Sweet Aroma | Oneta Hayes:  2021 PRAYER | Sweet aroma


The Bag Lady:  Ronovanwrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt – The Bag Lady


WillowDot21:    Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 338 BOUND and Sway. | willowdot21


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FRIDAY FICTION with RONOVAN WRITES Prompt Challenge: “A WHOLE NEW WORLD”

Prompt for Challenge

  • It’s the morning of the first day of a new year. You wake up to discover that overnight the most prevalent New Year’s wish has been granted. “I wish for a brand new world where all of the things that have been happening change.” Describe what you see. REQUIRED

  • Word Count is 400 words or less. REQUIRED

  • Copy and paste your URL in the comments of the challenge post, or do a pingback to this post. Click HERE to see how to do a pingback.

For proofreading of your work, you might check out Grammarly.com. They have a free option that you can use in your browser as well as an add-on that works right here in the WordPress Post Editor. It also works in the comments of sites. An additional feature is you can turn Grammarly off and on for each site you visit.

Useful links:
Grammarly.com
Click HERE for STRIPPING for FICTION or HOW TO WRITE FLASH FICTION.
Click HERE for Dialogue Tags, Action Beats, and the Dialogue Comma.
Click HERE for What’s a GL and PSS got to do with writing.

 


Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Challenge

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Leaping and Dancing- a Shi Rensa Haiku.

Leaping and Dancing

All should bound and sway

with knowledge of future days

better than the past.

 

Better than the past,

Will be this new dominion,

a saltating boon?

 

A saltating boon!

Inspire the weary minded,

with eyes uplifted.

 

With eyes uplifted,

light shines into the soul,

guiding restrained hope.


How to Write a Haiku in English Form

How to Write a Shi Rensa or Four Chain Haiku.

A haiku for this week’s Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge of BOUND and Sway.

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Leaping and Dancing- a haiku a poem

Leaping and Dancing

all should bound and sway

with knowledge of future days

better than those past


How to Write a Haiku in English Form

A haiku for this week’s Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge of BOUND and Sway.

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Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 38: (BASH) in the D rhyme line.

You may, if you wish, make some kind of link between the Haiku Challenge prompt of (BOUND and Sway). and this Décima Challenge of BASH in the D rhyme line. This means you could write a haiku post using the prompt words. Then do a Décima post using this week’s prompt uniting the two with a common message.
The 2 CHALLENGES are SEPARATE but CAN BE combined if YOU CHOOSE to do so.
  • For last week’s Décima Poets’ poems written for the prompt for STAR, click HERE for all their links in one post. A good opportunity to check out some examples of Décima.

****WELCOME TO THE DÉCIMA POETRY CHALLENGE****

Each week we’ll be attempting a Décima, also known as an Espinela, poem.

If you don’t know how to write a Décima, click HERE to go to a post on How to Write an Espinela or Décima Poem.

Or

THE QUICK DESCRIPTION OF HOW TO WRITE A DÉCIMA:

  1. There are 10 lines of poetry that rhyme.
  2. 8 syllables per line.
  3. There is a SET RHYMING PATTERN we must stick to. ABBAACCDDC OR  two stanzas of ABBA/ACCDDC.

THE CHALLENGE PART:

  1. The prompt word given (in the post heading) must appear at the end of one of the given rhyme lines given (in the post heading), either A, B, C, or D. Let’s say for an EXAMPLE we use the word (STABLE) in the D line. ALWAYS DEFER TO THE WORD AND RHYME LINE IN THE POST HEADING. Sometimes I might miss changing those spots in the challenge post.
  2. The other rhyme line(s) should rhyme with the given word (STABLE). Then the other (D) line should rhyme. Words such as Able, Cable, and Fable.
  3. Once you complete your poem pingback and/or copy/paste your post link into the comments blow.

Our Youth Need…

The young have not been so lucky,
their world defined by death and rage,
We had freedom, they have a cage,
locked up safe from the dying spree.

The fool and wisdom disagree,
on how to save democracy.
Our youth drown in hypocrisy,
as blue label fights red label.
They need foundations firm…stable,
with no games of bureaucracy.


If you can’t come up with a Décima using the given prompt, you can use a Synonym instead. I don’t want to stall your creativity, and with the possibility of a synonym, you will certainly write something amazing…or in my case, something that rhymes.

 

ONCE YOU COMPLETE YOUR POEM PINGBACK AND/OR COPY/PASTE YOUR LINK INTO THE COMMENTS BELOW.

  • That way other people can visit your post and check out your poem.
  • You can also put the link of this challenge in your post to let your followers know where to go if they want to participate. This is called a Pingback. This is not mandatory to join in or to put your post link in the comments. Click HERE to find out how to do a Pingback.
  • Reblogging is great as well.

Some people like to copy and paste the challenge image into their posts. That’s okay with me.

Sites to help:

RhymeZone.com
Thesaurus.com
Merriam-Webster.com  Use this site for syllables. I’ve used several online counters and too many have given different counts for the same word, so I use the dictionary now. Also, in some parts of the English speaking world, the syllables may come out in the spoken language a bit differently. And that’s okay. Write to enjoy, too learn, and yes, try to get the syllables right, but above all create and enjoy.

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Décima Challenge 37 Poets Collected

10 Poets and 1 NEW POET from last week’s challenge of STAR and their Décimas. All links open in a new window when clicked on.

It having been the week of Christmas, it should not be a surprise that some of our poems shared a theme this week, as was somewhat intended. However, the variety of how they were done was nice. And there were others who threw in a twist when you thought they were going one way then swerved at the end.

Please be sure to visit everyone at least once if you haven’t already. More variety than I thought would happen this week with the prompt word being Gift.

The Periodic Writer | Paving An Opinion:  Christmas Stars  NEW POET!

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But I Smile Anyway… | Ritu Bhathal:   My Star


Charmed Chaos |Linda Lee Lyberg:  Twilight’s Soft Fade


EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO | Larry Trasciatti:   Insomnia


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The Most Powerful ____ in the World

As one observes his final days,
golf, the pardons, the disregard
for the poor, this lowly bard
seeks to upbraid his venal ways.

He is a man who feeds on praise,
who only sees his raging star,
starved for air, a voracious scar,
an entity bereft of heart,
who will not graciously depart,
for he is king, the chosen Tsar.


Frank Hubney | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking:   Star


MMA Storytime:   Star Power


Mystical Strings | Dr. Crystal Grimes :   Be the Spark


The Periodic Writer | Paving An Opinion:  Christmas Stars  NEW POET!


Revived Writer:     Reaching for Stars


willowdot21:   Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 37: (STAR) in the C rhyme line. | willowdot21



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Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 338 BOUND and Sway.

A new Seasonal Badge below.


Check out the COMMENTS for entries this week, and come back throughout the week to see more links to poems as they come in.

Drop by on Wednesday for the Décima Poetry Challenge. Sometimes the two challenges have similar themes you can unite over the week.

Click HERE for last week’s collected links for easy access to the poems of last week’s poets. (OPEN and Solace)

Click HERE. To learn about the new style I’ve created called Shi Rensa Haiku and how to write one, maybe even for the challenges.



An updated How to Write Haiku in English. that has just a little more detail and for knowledge and perhaps craft. And how to do a Pingback.

Useful Links.
Thesaurus: BOUND, Sway
Thesaurus.com
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The Guidelines:

  1. Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in English (the link shows you how) as my style, which is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third, but you can use what you like.
    • The link above has links on how to write Haibun and Tanka. You can also do the 3/5/3 form if you like instead of the 5/7/5 that I usually use. Write, share, and have fun. For syllable help,
    • For syllables for each word, and different definitions, you use the definition that works for you Haiku. You can also use SYNONYMS. Go to Thesaurus.com for synonym help.
  1.  
  2. Copy the link of your finished haiku URL and paste in a comment below so we can all go and visit your Haiku.
    • You can do a pingback. What’s a pingback? Place the URL from the address bar up top from this post as a link within your post. Your inclusion of the link encourages others to try the challenge, be creative, and join a community to find friends and more followers (hopefully). I honestly gain nothing with more people visiting the post. I don’t have ads running that generates revenue by your visit or by clicks on whatever WordPress has put up.
    • Click HERE for a detailed post on PINGBACKS.
  3. If you like, copy the image in this post and place it within their post, just to show the Haiku is part of this challenge.
    • I am not saying you need or even should, but if you would like to do so then go ahead.


The Challenge Words!

BOUND and Sway

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Haiku Challenge 337 Poets Collected.

Links to the 26 Poets with around O32 Poems from last week’s challenge of OPEN and Solace and their haiku. All links open in a new window when clicked on.

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Annette Rochelle Aben:    healed and whole


A Wise Woman’s Journey:   Free Will


But I Smile Anyway… | Rita Bhathal:    A Senryu


Don’t Forget The Half:   Peace Be Still


Endless Rivers:   Solace


William Thomas Engleson:  2 This week.
*Inside Christmas Boxes*
We seek Zoom solace;
open our virus locked hearts,
crush the loneliness.

*Inside Christmas Boxes-Shi Rensa*
We seek Zoom solace;
open our virus locked hearts,
crush the loneliness.

Crush the loneliness,
square images of loved ones
off in the ether.

Off in the ether,
a tribute to time travel,
pipedreams of lost time.

Pipedreams of lost time.
No virtual virus this
in our Christmas box.

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Guarded Heart Tapestry | Jael Stevens:    Heart’s Hinges


Help from Heaven | Regina:       The Comfort of a Good Book


J-Dubs Grin and Bear It:    Haiku – 12/21/20 ~ Open and Solace  


Malham Magna | Alice:   Resolutions


LSS Attitude of Gratitude  | Lauren:    Open & Solace – ❀ Welcome To LSS Attitude of Gratitude❀


Mindfills:     may-u-a-senryu


MMA Storytime:   Finding Solace In Danger   


Mystical Strings | Dr. Crystal Grimes:   Solace


Quilted Poetry | Lizl Bennefeld:      A New Day Coming 3 this week.


Revived Writer:    Christmas Shopping is Super FUN!   2 this week.


Ronovan Writes:   THE GIFTS


Scribblans:    Open and Solace – Scribblans


Sound Mind Journey:   holiday colors


Straight From My Heart:     Reading


Sweet Aroma | Oneta Hayes:   REJUVENATION


The Bag Lady:  12-21-20 – The Bag Lady


The Tenth Zodiac:  Open and Solace – The_tenth_zodiac    3 Haiku.


Xenia | Whippet Wisdom | Xenia:    Tanka: Winter Solstice


WillowDot21:    Open and Solace | willowdot21


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FRIDAY FICTION with RONOVAN WRITES Prompt Challenge NEW YEAR’S Special.

Prompt for Challenge

  • ‘You’re at your Nation’s New Year’s Eve Ball with a mischievous friend or relative. The f/r lights a firework and walks away. The firework goes off at your feet. What happens next?’ REQUIRED

  • Word Count is 600 words or less. REQUIRED

  • Copy and paste your URL in the comments of the challenge post, or do a pingback to this post. Click HERE to see how to do a pingback.

For proofreading of your work, you might check out Grammarly.com. They have a free option that you can use in your browser as well as an add-on that works right here in the WordPress Post Editor. It also works in the comments of sites. An additional feature is you can turn Grammarly off and on for each site you visit.

Useful links:
Grammarly.com
Click HERE for STRIPPING for FICTION or HOW TO WRITE FLASH FICTION.
Click HERE for Dialogue Tags, Action Beats, and the Dialogue Comma.
Click HERE for What’s a GL and PSS got to do with writing.

 


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