Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 328 DUST & Weed

Hello to all, I have a request to make: Click here for my post from Friday ‘Poetry Challenges and Prompts‘. I’m not taking any other space here for it than that.

Also, check out RW’s The13 Writing Challenge. A Spooky Word Count Enforced Challenge for Poetry and Prose. IYou have all the way until the end of Wednesday, October 28th to enter. It looks like a long post but isn’t. Some of it is just an explanation of what certain elements are such as a protagonist, conflict, climax, and resolution. I go into quite a bit of detail with examples from the Netflix show House of Cards and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Not as their being examples of spooky stories, but to give examples of what most people would be familiar with. I even explain how a villain can be the protagonist.



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

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

Click HERE for last week’s collected links for easy access to the poems of last week’s poets.

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: Dust, Weed
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!

DUST & WEED

Not sure how to write a Haiku? Click HERE for a quick How to write Haiku Poem in English Form with links to posts for other forms of Haiku.

Much Respect-Much Love

Ronovan


 


 

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Haiku Challenge 327 Poets Collected.

Links to the 21 Poets with around 27 Poems, including 2 Tanka and 2 First Visiting Poets from last week’s challenge of DRIP & DROP and their haiku. All links open in a new window when clicked on.

For some who visit, you may wonder why some links below have titles and some have the full post address. Haiku traditionally do not have titles. But, if a poet does use one, which is their prerogative, then I shorten the link to just the title for a more visually appealing, less busy, and easier to read post.

 

Haiku Poetry Challenge Links Collected Image

Art Mater: Drip & Drop: Haiku #11 – Art Mater      First Time to the Challenge that I can recall. Make sure to visit!


William Thomas Engleson:

Where Did it Go

Time tick tocks, time talks
as seasons drip drop, slip slop
Into the vacuum.

http://www.engleson.ca


Bob Fairfield: https://bobfairfield.org/2020/10/16/ronovan-writes-haiku-weekly-challenge-327/


Geetha Balvannanathan’s Blog:  Trace of Red Teardrops    6 Haiku that are linked with one theme. A Must Read. Read it slowly and feel the words and imagery.


Guarded Heart Tapestry | Jael Stevens: God’s Mercy


Help from Heaven:   Patient Endurance


Laura McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge:   Cliff’s Edge


It’s A Humphrey | Humphrey’s Place: (I had to look up what a Humphrey is and it’s kind of like me, a carbon-based lifeform but with a different location.) FIRST TIMER MAKE SURE TO VISIT!

Ronovan Writes Haiku; Drip and Drop – Humphrey’s Place


J-Dubs Grin and Bear It:  Haiku – 10/12/20 – J-Dubs Grin and Bear It     


Lauren | LSS Attitude of Gratitude:    https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2020/10/15/ronovan-writes-haiku-drip-drop/


Mindfills:  Lulling          


Mukhamani (Lakshmi Bhat}:    Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 327 DRIP & DROP – Mukhamani            


Dr. Crystal Grimes | Mystical Strings:   Natural Music


Prairie Chat:   Haiku Challenge (10/12/20) – PrairieChat 


Queen Nandini:     My Haikus with the Words Drip and Drop | queennandini


Quilted Poetry:    Midnight and Dawn    A Tanka.  HAHAHA, she said kerPLOP. 🙂


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks: https://arthurrichardson.org/2020/10/13/haiku-challenge-drip-and-drop/


Ronovan Writes:

fall

sate


Scibblans: Sometimes I Don’t Rhymes


somawrites: Bare | somawrites


Straight From My Heart:   Morning Dewdrops


WillowDot21: Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 27 (BLISS) This week, it’s the A rhyme line. | willowdot21  Anyone else notice the new profile photo? Hmm?    A Tanka.


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Heavenly Rain? – a haiku poem

race through time and space

down to Earth as ghostly dust

to lie in the weeds

*

ronovans haiku image

 


My poem for my Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge. https://ronovanwrites.com/2020/10/19/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-328-dust-weed/.

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For Eugi’s Weekly Prompt on Monday’s – Ghostly

Eugi's weekly promptt on Monday image. Silhouette of two women at a table with multi colored background.

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RW’s The13 Writing Challenge. A Spooky Word Count Enforced Challenge for Poetry and Prose. UPDATED 10/19/2020.

This year I thought I would hold a writing challenge based around a spooky theme, your interpretation of that (some ideas down below to help you start thinking). I intend to do this annually moving forward. This would be a prime opportunity to share the spooky of your country/culture.

RW The 13 Writing Challenge featured image. Orange text on black background.(Not the Badge. 4 Badge choices throughout the post.)


There are some ideas you might use for your Poetry or Prose below, in case you need something to help get the creativity going. The posts will be due no later than Wednesday, October 28th. Here’s the short link https://wp.me/p4y9jb-HfZ to my post that day for everyone to pingback to or paste into once it’s live.  You can put the link in your post as a pingback whenever you complete your Poetry or Prose, and when my Poetry or Prose goes live, and yours does, it works. I actually made up the title of my piece and have no idea what it’s about or what style I’m using.

UPDATE: If you really don’t want to either schedule your piece for the 28th and maybe you just want it live now, you can put the link in the comments here and use he post link in the address bar to pingback.

The hashtag to tag your post with is: #RWThe13WritingChallenge


Orange Letter with qwill and ink on black background.

 

HERE IS THE CHALLENGE

Note: The section on YOUR ENTRY MUST INCLUDE looks long but if you know what the 4 mentioned requirements are, you don’t really need to read the rest of that part. Requirements 3&4 of your P/P might be the one and the same.

  • THEME: It’s a spooky tale to be told. The interpretation of what that means is up to you. Horror, humor, mystery, or any other genre. Romance? Or combine them all.

  • STYLE: Poetry, Prose, Free Verse (As long as it’s tight and not loose like mine usual,ly is when I’m being random.) For those of you who would like to do a Haiku or Tanka, this would work with the word count of 13, which you see just below. Also, a Haibun would work nicely. If you had a non-fiction story to share and then end with a Haibun it might be an amazing combination and show your ability to stay with your poetry style.

  • WORD COUNT: Exactly one of the following, 13, 113, 213, 313, 413, or 513. If you need to go higher than that, just make note of it in the comments of my entry post of what ’13’ you did go up to. The challenge is to stay 513 or less, but I don’t want a great story idea to be weakened if you can’t get the word count down to 513. I would rather read your best than your lesser. The title is not included in the word count, only the body/content of the piece.

  • YOUR ENTRY MUST INCLUDE: You may find that 3&4 are closely aligned. Your Climax may be the Resolution of your idea.
  1. protagonistThe protagonist is at the center of the story, makes the key decisions and experiences the consequences of those decisions. The protagonist is the primary agent propelling the story forward and is often the character who faces the most significant obstacles.” – Wikipedia
    • I used the Wikipedia definition of the protagonist because it basically gave the best one. With this definition, you can see that even a villain can be the protagonist in a story. A perfect example of this protagonist type would be (SPOILER WARNING. If you click these two links, and haven’t seen House of Cards, you’ll learn  more than you might want to.) Frank Underwood from the Netflix series House of Cards. He has a political goal and stops at nothing to try and make it happen. You learn this in the first episode or two. If you’re a writer of fiction of length from a short story and upward I suggest you watch the series. You get some great ideas for a subtle, cagey, and crafty villain. He has the goal of the show, and anyone that tries to stop that goal is an antagonist.
  2. conflict   “In literature, conflict is a literary element that involves a struggle between two opposing forces, usually a protagonist and an antagonist.” – LiteraryTerms.net   There is also INTERNAL conflict.  The link takes you to a list of what internal conflicts can be. It’ll give you an idea of what it’s about, in case you’ve never really thought about it. Good examples of internal conflict would be when a reporter knows something that could be disastrous for a person’s career or crossing what is seen as a moral or ethical line to get a story and get it to press or on air.
  3. climax  “Climax is the highest point of tension or drama in a narratives’ plot. Often, [the] climax is also when the main problem of the story is faced and solved by the main character or protagonist.” –  LiteraryTerms.net
    • Using Romeo and Juliet as an example, the climax comes in Act III, when Romeo is banished after killing Tybalt. But some contend there is a second climax when Juliet refuses to wed Paris by taking the drug to appear dead. This idea is considered because there are two protagonists to the story. Some say the suicides of Romeo and Juliet is either the climax or a second or third climax. But one can argue that the suicides result directly from Tybalt’s death by Romeo’s sword, and Juliet’s refusing to marry Paris by pretending to be dead. They are then left in a unique situation that ends with their suicides. And strangely enough, they were married the day after they met and it is implied they consummated the marriage that night since he spent the night in her bed.
  4. resolution “The resolution, also known as the denouement, is the conclusion of the story’s plot. It’s where any unanswered questions are answered, or “loose ends are tied.” – LiteraryTerms.net
    • Continuing with Romeo and Juliet the resolution is that now with Romeo and Juliet dead, their families end their feud as they realize that their hatred has led to the deaths of their children.

 

Orange Letters with Qwill and ink, transparent background.


  • IDEAS TO GET YOUR THOUGHTS MOVING: If you need help thinking of one.
  1. You open the door on Halloween and you find (?) wanting to receive a specific treat from you or they are going to trick you, and you have to figure out how to either escape or give them their requested treat.
  2. You’re driving along a foggy road and approach a one-lane bridge and (?).
  3. A circus comes to town and does a Halloween night special performance, and the center ring attraction is (?).
  4. You’re reading your favorite Fantasy/SciFi book when the main villain escapes from the pages and you must catch them before (?).
  5. Or using #4, the hero comes to life and you must help them stop (?) before they (?).

  • PUBLISH POST DATE:

No later than Wednesday, October 28th. Why? Because I will put out MY personal entry on the 28th at 00:01 EST, That’s one minute after midnight New York City time. And at that point, pingbacks can ping, and you can paste your links in the comments. The no later part reason is given below.

UPDATE: If you really don’t want to either schedule your piece for the 28th and maybe you just want it live now, you can put the link in the comments here and use he post link in the address bar to pingback.

Black letters with qwill and ink, transparent background.

 


  • HASHTAG TO TAG YOUR POST WITH:

#RWThe13WritingChallenge for tagging your post and on Social Media.


  • MY POST’S SHORT LINK TO PINGBACK TO:

https://wp.me/p4y9jb-HfZ (I’ve already named my post, Dance Till Dawn, without having an idea what it’s about or style for it yet. I figured that’ll be even more of a challenge.)


  • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020

On Thursday, October 29th, I’ll begin making a post with all the links, as I do with the poetry challenges. I’ll hope to include a one-sentence description. The collection post will go live on Saturday, October 31. With this collection, perhaps you can have some great stories or poetry to share with your friends of the family. Think like that when you write. This is a time to show your writing chops and entertain.

Good luck. Good writing. And most of all Good Fun to everyone.

There are 4 BADGES FOR THE CHALLENGE in this post for you to choose from if you would like to use one (not required). They are 300X300. Of course, reduce the size to tiny if that works for you. Two have color backgrounds and the others are just text with transparent backgrounds.

Black letters with qwill and ink on orange background.

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fall – a haiku poem

weeping hues

from canopy falls

food for life

*

ronovans haiku image

 


My poem for my Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge. https://ronovanwrites.com/2020/10/12/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-327-drip-drop/.

 

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Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 27 (BLISS) This week, it’s the A rhyme line.

I chose the word BLISS this week.

You may, if you wish, make some kind of link between the Haiku Challenge prompt of (DRIP & DROP). and BLISS.

The 2 CHALLENGES are SEPARATE but CAN BE combined if YOU CHOOSE to do so.


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…

Keep reading and find out, with an example included.


  • To read last week’s Décima Poetry written for the prompt for BLISS, click HERE for all the links in one post.

Back to our scheduled Décima Poetry Challenge what to and what not to do.

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.

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 bitt differently. And that’s okay. Write to enjoy, too learn, and yes, try to get the syllables right, but above all create and enjoy.

Here is the quick description of a Décima:

There are 10 lines of poetry that rhyme. 8 syllables.
There is a set rhyming pattern we must stick to. abbaaccddc

The prompt word given (in the post heading) must appear at the end of one of the given rhyme lines, either A, B, C, or D.

Let’s look at the rhyme pattern once again and you will see what I mean.

The rhyming pattern is abbaaccddc with a choice of a break between line 4 and 5, then being abba accddc, which I use in my example below.


Example, if I say in the subject line of the post:

“…(FALL) This week it’s the B rhyme line.”

my Décima might be…

NO!

As the end wept upon the land,

we could hear the approaching fall.

Justice answered the trumpet’s call,

trusting the fight to her troop’s hand.

 

Fate trembles with haste to expand,

through misdeeds by her shameless foe.

Past foolish decisions now crow,

“Wait—no—this was not meant to be.”

They beg the nation, “Hear our plea.

Heal honor, shout, no…no… NO!”

 

Notice the example prompt word ‘FALL’ is in line 2, the first B line, and its rhyme in is in line 3, matching the rhyming pattern of abba accddc.


For today’s challenge, the word BLISS must be one of the A line words. Then the other A line(s) word(s) must rhyme with BLISS.

Sometimes you break the rhyme into two stanzas using the following rhyme pattern. abba/accddc.

Once you complete your poem and post it on your blog, copy the link and place it in the comments in this post. 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.

Ronovan Writes Decima Challenge Image

 

 

 

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Décima Challenge 26 Poets Collected

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

Nice variety this week. A bit of humor, some family stories, nature, nurture, a bit of this, a bit of that, and etc. In other words, we got some good sttuff this week. (Don’t judge the poets by my lack of couth and grammatcal dexteritty and adeptitude.)

Yeah, I had to look up how to spell couth, what of it? I’m not ashamed to admit it.

Decima Challenge Poets Collected Image

Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks: Captain Swing


EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO.: The East Elmhurst A Go Go


http://www.engleson.ca

In the Swing of Things

I wait in my corner: a spring
in my step, smile on my lips,
ignoring that pain in my hips,
loaded for bear, but here’s the thing…

Much has changed, a pendulum swing,
a wearing down, more fits than starts,
my fair share of replacement parts;
Not quite bionic, robot bound,
and there are days I don’t hear a sound,
bred by Science, and not the Arts.


Frank Hubeny:  Swing – Poetry, Short Prose and Walking  


The Hidden Edge:  Swing (Weekly Decima Prompt #26) – Laura McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge


Mindfills:  time-blanket-a-quadrille


MMA Storytime:  Winning Fights


Mystical Strings: A Failing Art


Ronovan Writes: Long Gone


willowdot21:  Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 26 (SWING) This week, it’s the A rhyme line. | willowdot21


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Thanks, Dad! – Flash Fiction

“Hey, did you see that show last night?”

“Which one?”

“Well, it was the only one worth watchin’. So classy. So luxurious. So loaded wi—”

“Dad!”

“Yeah!”

“Do you know where the peanut butter is?”

Bill’s eyes narrowed in deep thought. “Yeah, I think it’s in the garage on the John Deere.”

“Again?”

“Hey, don’t judge me.”

“Thanks, Dad!”

“That’s more like it.”

“So what was this show? I thought you only watched ESPN and Fox?”

“Yeah. But, they don’t show stuff like this one. Let me tell you, you get to go inside thei—”

“Dad!”

“Yeah!”

“Do you know where the jelly is?”

“Which one?”

“The strawberry, duh. Is there any other kind that matters?”

“Don’t get smart with me, girl. And I think it’s in the bedroom.”

“Again.”

“What did I ju—”

“Thanks, Dad.”

“Man, kids these days. No good snots.”

“So, what did you get to see?”

“Huh? See? Where?”

“The show.”

“Oh, in the bedroom and the shower.”

“What kind of show was this. Please tell me it was a home improvement show?”

“Nah, those guys have nothing on this—”

‘”Dad!”

“In the camper!”

“Thanks, Dad.”

“Uh, did you guys just get back from a trip?”

“Yeah, how’d you know?”

“Well, you left the bread in the camper.”

“Bread? What bread?”

“For your daughter’s sandwich.”

“What sandwich?”

“What the? The peanut butter and jelly sandwich she’s making.”

Once again, Bill’s eyes narrowed in deep thought. And deeper. And still deeper. So deep this time, he came out speaking English with a funny accent.

He said, slapping his knee. “You don’t put strawberry jelly on a peanut butter sandwich, you dumb hick. You use mayonnaise.”

At this point, I shook my head, concerned the grinding gears inside might begin to seize from frustration.

“I gotcha. You’ll never believe it. It was hosted by Je—”

“Thanks, Dad. I found it.”

“I’m glad, princess. You believe what this hick thought you were doing. He thought you were making a peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich.”

“Mister, everyone knows you put mayonnaise on them.”


This is an attempt to use some of what our guest writer today, from Reedsy, Desiree Villena wrote in her article 5 Unexpected Ways to Ineject Humor Into Your Writing.


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5 Unexpected Ways to Inject Humor Into Your Writing

Let’s be honest, the business of being humorous can be very un-fun. Good writers make comedy seem easy and natural, but you never really know how much concentrated effort goes into each funny scene and amusing conversation. Not everyone can call on their wittiest self at the snap of their fingers — and on top of that, we don’t all appreciate the same kind of humor.

 

That said, there are some general ways to be funnier in your writing. Whether you’re composing a poem, publishing a book, or writing an article, here are five ways to flex your humor muscles! (Spoiler alert: it does not involve scrolling through endless memes and waiting for osmosis to transport all that good-natured banter into your brain.)

1. Imagine you’re talking to your funniest friend

Everyone has someone in their lives who they can always rely on for a good laugh. Or someone whose company makes them feel more comical in conversation. It’s the atmosphere that they create — relaxed, carefree, lighthearted — which brings joyful ideas into your head.

When you’re writing a humorous scene or an amusing article, try dipping your pen into that atmosphere by imagining that you, or your character, are talking to this wonderful, laid-back person. It’s a first step toward putting you at ease, and letting your inherent humor shine through! You may find the tone of your writing lightens considerably. And sometimes, even more so than momentous punchlines or top-notch puns, this can make all the difference to your readers’ experience.

Now that you’re in the right mood, let’s jump into some more specific tricks.

2. Apply the Rule of Three

I like to think that three is the magic number for almost everything — often, characters come in trios, stories happen in three acts, and meals are consumed in three courses. And in comedy, the Rule of Three is rather well-known. It dictates that when listing three things in succession, you can create a pattern with the first two and then misdirect with the last — and there you have your punchline.

You’ll catch a lot of comedians doing this on a daily basis, from John Oliver to Trevor Noah (it’ll be hard not to notice, now that the cat is out of the bag). Check out this little verse by Bill Engleson, in response to Haiku challenge 321, to see the Rule of Three at work in satirical poetry. Or watch any classic NBC comedy — again, it’ll be impossible not to notice it now!

3. Have a “wait for it” moment

With the Rule of Three, you don’t wait to deliver the punchline. But with other forms of humor, a little pause before the deciding word or phrase is an easy and useful way to deliver a bit. Given that you’re writing, rather than speaking, a “pause” of sorts can also help you set the tone and let the audience know that you’re telling a joke, without having to say so. This is something to keep in mind if you’re a naturally sarcastic writer whose humor requires a bit of context.

To do this, simply use an ellipsis (…) or an em-dash (—) to indicate a pause in speech. Remember, though, that this trick shouldn’t be overused. Not only can it disrupt the flow of the writing, but it can also make your joke seem obvious, which is not what any writer wants. There’s a fine balance to maintain when you want to appear effortlessly humorous.

4. Use words with plosives

Being funny often comes down to a single word, because apparently, some words are funnier than others. Not just because they sound made-up, like bumfuzzle or codswallop, but because they contain sounds that are supposedly more amusing. These sounds are called plosives, and are associated with letters such as b, p, d, k, t, and g. You can see how the examples I listed exhibit this phonetic quality — and how even simply replacing other letters with these might make a serious word sound more humorous. (“That’s why they call it murder and not muckduck.”)

What you can do when writing is remain mindful of plosives when picking your words. It’s a minor thing, but again, it helps to build the playful tone in your piece. Instead of searching, why not use fumbling? Instead of shocked, why not flabbergasted? Even small changes like these can make your writing sound 100% funnier.

5. Share an anecdote

You can strategically think your way through a comedic scene or paragraph, but you can also tell a hilarious story — that is, if you’ve got one that fits the theme. Stories are always a wonderful way to connect with people, so if there’s a personal experience that you found hilarious, share it in your writing!

Anecdotes are also the perfect tool for bloggers and non-fiction writers, because they inject personality into your writing. Even un-funny ones can make a great hook or introduction to an article — imagine what a genuinely funny one might do.

Those are some tips to help you set a cheery mood and inject humor into your writing, whatever the form or style. Remember to keep a light heart, not think about it too much, and always get someone to read your work before it goes live (just to make sure you’re not being too funny) — and you’ll turn out just fine.


Desiree Villena is a writer with Reedsy, a marketplace that connects authors and publishers with the world’s best editors, designers, and marketers. In her spare time, Desiree enjoys reading contemporary fiction and writing short stories. She tries her best to be funny in writing and very occasionally succeeds.

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sate – a haiku poem

parched tongue falls

fear rising thirst

one drip sates


Please help me out collecting writing prompt challenges you’re aware of. Click here for my post from Friday ‘Poetry Challenges and Prompts‘. The links to the prompts you provide will be added to the Challenges/Prompts From the Blogosphere at the top of my blog.


My poem for my Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge. https://ronovanwrites.com/2020/10/12/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-327-drip-drop/.

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Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 327 DRIP & DROP Please See Beginning Request,

Hello to all, I have a request to make: Click here for my post from Friday ‘Poetry Challenges and Prompts‘.

It’s asking you to:

  1. Link to challenges or prompts you are aware of, preferably to a how-to participate page, if not, then a current challenge.
  2. One sentence description of the challenge/prompt. NOT REQUIRED (This would just be saving me time.)
  3. Host’s name if you got it, if not, I can get it. NOT REQUIRED (This would just be saving me time.)

I want to participate in some prompts to stretch the creative muscles AND I have created a page at the top of my blog with all the prompt links provided so far, or at least the ones I’ve been able to get to and AS LONG AS THEY ARE FOR WRITING. This will be for you to find new places to write and for anyone wandering by to click on and find something. Here’s the page. It’s nothing fancy, no images or anything like that. Just straight up text and tone. I’ll probably add something later. You know me, I can’t leave anything alone.

Thank you to those already helping out, and to anyone else who joins in.



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

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

Click HERE for last week’s collected links for easy access to the poems of last week’s poets.

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.



How to write Haiku in English. And how to do a Pingback.

Useful Links.
Thesaurus: Drip, Drop
Thesaurus.com
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The Guidelines:

  1. Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in English 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!

DRIP & DROP

Not sure how to write a Haiku? Click HERE for a quick How to write Haiku Poem in English Form with links to posts for other forms of Haiku.

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Haiku Challenge 326 Poets Collected.

Links to the 22 Poets from last week’s challenge of SCORCH & SHADE and their haiku. All links open in a new window when clicked on.

Very good variety this week. Nature, politics, love, senusuality, scorn, and more. At least that’s how I interpreted them. Even a Shi Rensa and some Tankas.

Haiku Poetry Challenge Links Collected Image

Charmed Chaos: Autumn Leaves


William Thomas Engleson:

http://www.engleson.ca

Penalty Shot

In the shade of gist
Covid is Nature’s price, her
Scorched Earth policy.


Bob Fairfield:  https://bobfairfield.org/2020/10/07/ronovan-writes-haiku-challenge-326/


Breathing Shallow Poetry:  Scorching Tribulations – Z & Z Poetry


Geetha Balvannanathan’s Blog:  prince-of-peace-anew   6 Haiku this week.


Goutam’s Writings: Day of the Sunflowers – Goutam’s Writings


Laura McHarrie | The Hidden Edge: The Harvest     A Shi Rensa


J-Dubs Grin and Bear It: Haiku – Scorch & Shade 10/5/20 – J-Dubs Grin and Bear It   Tanka.


Jewish Young Professional: Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette


LSS Attitude of Gratitude: Ronovan Writes Haiku – Scorch & Shade – ❀ Welcome To LSS Attitude of Gratitude❀ 


Mindfills:  september-a-tanka           


Mukhamani (Lakshmi Bhat}: Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 326 SCORCH & SHADE – Mukhamani


Mystical Strings: Rivalry     


Prairie Chat: Haiku Challenge (10/6/20) – PrairieChat    


Queen Nandini:  My Haikus with the Words Scorch and Shade | queennandini  


Quilted Poetry: Shelter from the sun   A Tanka


Ronovan Writes:  

Our Past Our Future – a Haibun poem

The Burning At The Lake


somawrites: swing


They, You and Me: heat


Tina Stewart Brakebill:  color of change


To Wear a Rainbow:  quarantine


WillowDot21: Ronovanwrite’s Weekly Haiku Challenge Poetry Prompt #Challenge 326 SCORCH & SHADE | willowdot21 


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Future – A Haiku Poem

peaceful the lilies

spread across the fresh-turned earth

genesis is sowed

 

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Poetry Challenges and Prompts?

IHello Y’all,

I’m looking to participate in some poetry challenges, and writing challenges, other than my own, and thought maybe some of you could put links in the comments to your favorites. And maybe a one-sentence blurb of what it’s about. Not a necessary thing though.

The links you provide will appear on a page, Challenges/PromptsFrom the Blogsphere, at the top of my blog, as long as they are writing-related and preferably not too naughty. If they are naughty, just let me know and I can make a note by the link.

Don’t worry if someone has already put your choice in, put it anyway. That just shows me how popular it is. Also, you can give more than one challenge site.

The sites could be:

  • poetry prompts
  • writing prompt sites in general
  • Flash Fiction
  • It can be an image that is meant to inspire a written word response. (Or typed word, for you literal types.)

I would like to start doing some fiction as well. I’m editing a few books for authors now, and writing my own but need a creative brain break to do something entirely off the plot.

If you facilitate a prompt/challenge then please comment with the link and a little blurb of what it is. As few words as possible.

This will help me, who always forgets where to go, and it’ll be good for people visiting this post to find some prompt sites.

I’ll be making a page with the prompt sites you provide, and the prompt/challenge. If you can provide a small blurb of what it’s about, that would be great, but it’s not required. The site link is what is a must. With the page, we all can easily find them, or at least I can.

I’d like to start up my Friday Fiction prompt again but I would not be as involved as I was before when I was reading and critiquing each story, providing feedback, and some technical information. It’s more difficult to come up with prompts than you might think. If readers show some interest in it, I might start it up. I know of a couple of people who ended up becoming authors after participating. And no, I’m not counting you, and you know who you are. Although I want to. And technically it’s true. 😀

My two poetry prompts are:

Thanks ahead of time. And please do give some great ones.

Much Respect,

Ronovan

P.S. If you see any extra letter ‘t’s in the above, forgive me. My ‘t’ key is apparently on the way out. It is super sensitive right now a I end up with two or three ‘t’s sometimes. I had to edit three words in this P.S. message alone. 🙂



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Ron’s Favorite Things!

Ron’s Favorite Things!

Subject to change as I come across others.

Favorite Movies

  1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  2. Blade Runner (1982)
  3. Ghost in the Shell (1996) (Anime)
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
  5. Wonder Woman (2017)

Favorite Books

  1. Maestro, John Gardner
  2. The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern, Lilian Jackson Braun
  3. LOTR, J. R. R. Tolkien
  4. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Favorite Music

  1. The Beatles
  2. George Michael
  3. Glenn Miller
  4. R.E.M.
  5. Harry Styles

Favorite Food (I’m plant-based now but…)

  1. An authentic Mexican restaurant Taco
  2. Baked Potato topped with olive oil and a pinch of salt (Or anything.)
  3. Chinese rice noodles with garlic and vegetables
  4. Pinto Beans and Cornbread (Life’s blood as a child in the South.)
  5. Soup

Favorite Animals

  1. English Bulldog
  2. Cat
  3. Beluga Whale
  4. Sea Lion
  5. Elephant

Favorite Words

  1. Serene
  2. Ocean
  3. Breeze
  4. She
  5. Sleep

Favorite Color

  1. Royal Blue

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The Burning At The Lake – A poem

from deep dark, he rose

to spread wings, to fly and scorch

the men of the lake

 

My poem for my Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge. https://ronovanwrites.com/2020/10/05/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-326-scorch-shade/.

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Long Gone – A poem.

Long Gone

I loved those days, him in his swing,

and those when he giggled to swim.

Hopes to play in the big boy gym,

or watch Pooh and Pig’et and sing.

 

Now I see him sinking, drowning,

‘neath pressure not meant his to be.

I reach out to lift the weight free,

receiving rebukes for my care.

Being told it’s not my affair,

just a father in name only.

 

My entry for this week’s Décima Poetry Challenge No. 26 SWING.

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Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 26 (SWING) This week, it’s the A rhyme line.

I chose the word SWING this week.

You may, if you wish, make some kind of link between the Haiku Challenge prompt of (SCORCH & SHADOW). and SWING.

The 2 CHALLENGES are SEPARATE but CAN BE combined if YOU CHOOSE to do so.

As you may know, if you write a haiku you could:

  • Take your haiku and carry its theme into your Décima poem. This does not mean add the Haiku to your Décima unless you just want to. But/and you could add the link to your Haiku into your Décima post somewhere.

  • It can either support the haiku, enhance it through the opportunity of more lines, or completely turn the theme on its head and write an argument against the haiku message, which is kind of what a Décima is for, writing a counter to another Décima.

  • If you wrote a true nature haiku, you could flip its message into one about humans and the man-made world around us, such as politics, society, and even love. Yes, love is a man-made thing. At least among the humans. I suppose it could be a penguin-made thing among the penguins.

  • You may also if you like, try to use the Haiku Challenge words in your Décima somewhere. In fact, we have a lady that’s pretty consistent in doing that. And does so with such ease, you don’t even realize she’s done it unless you know she does it and look for it.


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…

Keep reading and find out, with an example included.


  • To read last week’s Décima Poetry written for the prompt for STILL, click HERE for all the links in one post.

Back to our scheduled Décima Poetry Challenge what to and what not to do.

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.

Sites to help:

RhymeZone.com
Thesaurus.com
HowManySyllables.com

Here is the quick description of a Décima:

There are 10 lines of poetry that rhyme. 8 syllables.
There is a set rhyming pattern we must stick to. abbaaccddc

The prompt word given (in the post heading) must appear at the end of one of the given rhyme lines, either A, B, C, or D.

Let’s look at the rhyme pattern once again and you will see what I mean.

The rhyming pattern is abbaaccddc with a choice of a break between line 4 and 5, then being abba accddc, which I use in my example below.


Example, if I say in the subject line of the post:

“…(FALL) This week it’s the B rhyme line.”

my Décima might be…

NO!

As the end wept upon the land,

we could hear the approaching fall.

Justice answered the trumpet’s call,

trusting the fight to her troop’s hand.

 

Fate trembles with haste to expand,

through misdeeds by her shameless foe.

Past foolish decisions now crow,

“Wait—no—this was not meant to be.”

They beg the nation, “Hear our plea.

Heal honor, shout, no…no… NO!”

 

Notice the example prompt word ‘FALL’ is in line 2, the first B line, and its rhyme in is in line 3, matching the rhyming pattern of abba accddc.


For today’s challenge, the word SWING must be one of the A line words. Then the other A line(s) word(s) must rhyme with SWING.

Sometimes you break the rhyme into two stanzas using the following rhyme pattern. abba/accddc.

Once you complete your poem and post it on your blog, copy the link and place it in the comments in this post. 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.

Ronovan Writes Decima Challenge Image

 

 

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Décima Challenge 25 Poets Collected

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

Nice to see some join in that missed the previous week. That almost made up for the ones out this week. Crazy world right now. I’ll do a better prompt word for #26 and it’s in the A rhyme spot so this should be good.

Decima Challenge Poets Collected Image

Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks: https://arthurrichardson.org/2020/09/30/haiku-and-decima-challenge/


http://www.engleson.ca

The Debate

At the heart of a good debate
might be ideas proffered well,
a give, a take, a stunning swell
of thought on what might be our fate.

But no, not this, to decimate,
to thrash with rage, with vitriol,
the man, his clan; this playground brawl
demeans us all, a sadness, yet still
we watched until we had our fill,
grieving for what might next befall.


Frank Hubeny:  Still – Holy Spirit – Poetry, Short Prose and Walking 


The Hidden Edge:  Gin – Laura McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge


Like Mercury Colliding: if only… | like mercury colliding… 


Mindfills: ghost-a-decima/


MMA Storytime: And Still…


Mystical Strings: Call to Rest #Decima #Poem | Mystical Strings 


Revived Writer: Truly | revivedwriter


Ronovan Writes:

Someday – a poem. | ronovanwrites

Mad Mad…what was I talking about again? A poem. | ronovanwrites


The Tenth Zodiac: Behind those Eyes – The_tenth_zodiac


willowdot21:  Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 25 (STILL) This week, it’s the D rhyme line. | willowdot21


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Mad Mad…what was I talking about again? A poem.

Today, Tuesday, October 6th, is Mad Hatter Day, so get your imbecilic nonsense on. I know I did.

Mad Mad…what was I talking about again?

I’m neither here nor there but yonder
smudging the windows of your pains.
Did you know I’ve been seen in seines,
while you stink of Salamander?

Have I seen a girl, much blonder,
than that tailored swift one just there?
Such a question is plain not fair,
I’ll be the hook of her next trill.
But she’ll not catch me standing still
for I’ll pull out my Joyn Mayair.

What was I talking about again poetry image Mad Hatter.

 

You might have a bit of fun figuring out some of the words and how they’re used in the story of the poem. Some happened by accident when I read back through. And with a little word change here and there, it jelled. I even ventured into the Lord of the Rings stories, but fortunately thought better.

My entry for this week’s Décima Poetry Challenge No. 25 STILL.

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