Writer’s Block Décima

This one should hit home for everyone reading this blog. Not just the poets out there. Of course this NEVER EVER NEVER happens to me. (So what if I didn’t write for 4 years.)

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Writer’s block is an artist’s mite;
Tumbleweed blowing in the wind.
The malicious blank canvas grinned,
He cocked his head, and laughed in spite.
Who transmitted this parasite?
I want my thoughts to merge and mesh,
Creating poems filled with flesh.
Who ran away with my ideas?
This has confirmed all of my fears.
I buffer when I press refresh.

In response to Ronovan Writes’ Décima Challenge #12 found here

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Haiku/Tanka Challenge (6/30/20)

I asked Clarence of PrairieChat.com to write another poem using the image from the video he shared in his Haiku for the challenges this week. And here it is.

Very nice. Give him a round of applause and a big kiss.


Same picture different take

Taming open range
Man’s steel stretched mile after mile
-Wild meadowlarks sing

Barbwire strung for land’s control
Rebel sings the sweetest song

                                                   ©2020 cj holm

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To use this word instead of that?

In recent months, the number of articles related to race and skin color has increased. Now you can add an article to capitalize a letter or not. On this blog, I supply a creative outlet for an unrestricted audience to express feelings and thoughts based on whatever theme they choose including the current protests and the riots. Thus, I share the article.

The attached article titled The Case for Capitalizing the “B” in Black is about language, and so is this blog. Our poetry is language. Our ideas are language. Every moment of our lives is language. I will share my opinion another time.

The article is not a history lesson. I mention this now because the article refers to a few historical points as they relate to the topic. I don’t want people who don’t like history not to read this.

The article is a walk through the thought processes behind the terms Negro, African American, and now Black. The reasoning for the capital “W” in white is given. The author gives unbiased telling and in someways leaves it to the reader to develop their own opinion.

I encourage you to read and learn. I’m not begging you to read the article. The author doesn’t preach in the article. You learn things, such as an origin of the “N” capitalization in Negro, and the beginning of the term African American.

The above articled mention is by Kwame Anthony Appiah, a professor of philosophy and law at New York University and the author of The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity, which appears in The Atlantic.



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the lines that bind

© 2020 Ronovan Hester Copyright reserved. The author asserts his moral and legal rights over this work.

simple living…haiku

Hello to all my poetry-loving friends. Please visit this poets blog and love her poetry. She has been with my Haiku Challenge for years. A loyal person indeed. Show her talent some love.

To Wear A Rainbow


nature’s wrath

changing the face of the earth

time to simplify living

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Décima Challenge: Sense

Read this second. It’s the second part of the haiku-decima offering by Vocabularical.


How can you now acknowledge me?
We meet, we laugh, we chat, we work,
Oddly–your attention does irk:
Past treatment: I, the absentee…
Amaze me, protest attendee!
Raise sign and megaphone for prize!
Flaunt flashy badge: “we are allies!”
Part of me does take great offense.
Progress is pain makes poignant sense;
Past yet present: action belies…

Ronovanwrites Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 10 (Sense)

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unrequited voice

Read this one first, it’s a connected to the Decima challenge poem.


sudden selfish share:
unsolicited feelings–
unrequited voice

Ronovanwrites Weekly Haiku Challenge

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Visit this blog and do a little introduction. Oh, and the Haiku is cool too.


Written in response to:
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt#Challenge 310 Share&Voice

If you read this Haiku let me know in the comments what the last movie is you watched or the last book you read so I can get to know you a little better 🙂

For me The King of Staten Island was the last movie I watched and I am currently reading Dare to Lead by Brené Brown selected for a book club at work!

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Décima Challenge: Next

An amazing first Décima. Check it out.


(My first décima! I just recently stumbled upon Ronovan Writes’ challenges and immediately set myself to task. I had never learned of this form; it is empowering to discover it is typically socially conscious in nature. This was enjoyable to write, and I intend to participate weekly–creativity permitting…you know how it is. Any and all feedback welcome!)

There are good people in this place,
Though–oftentimes I am perplexed:
Complexion seems to dictate next
Whom to embrace, or to erase…

We march ahead–fail to retrace,
Each mourning–wake–since seizing breath,
From rise to sunset, cheating death–
Still madrugada terrors haunt,
And hope, like promise, dawns its taunt–
Back progress–shun its shibboleth!

Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 9: “Next”

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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An Ode to you

Throwback Thursday. I haven’t shared a throwback before, at least I don’t remember one. This seemed appropriate considering my TO SOAR poem today.


There are moments of peace that spread through space and time as if the finger of destiny were in control.
Sounds swirl around in a chaotic symphony to create a web of melody to nest and harbor ones soul.
For some this eye of the storm may be a calm achieved in a place of choosing and alone.
Me, I, can only attain this much desired anomaly in time and space by looking outside me to a crone.

Alone in a dark room with the sounds echoing from one wall to another and another and yet another,
I find that my only hope for survival is to rely on someone so dear whom I fear I might smother.
My irrational mind asks questions of ruin and brings images of disaster and torment.
There is never a moment, even when in happiness, I do not realize I am a fragment.


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Decima Poetry Challenge

Please visit Clarence’s Blog and click like there.

See Clarence’s first-ever Décima Poem. He did an incredible job. But then again, he’s been writing poetry for years., and that’s just from my personal knowledge of his participating in the Haiku Challenge. A wonderful, creative curmudgeon you just can’t help but like.



Late after dark city started burning
Unknown looters were running around
The people carried angry fire downtown
Hands up the crowds disappointment is churning.

Equal treatment is what they are yearning.
For too long resentment has been on hold!
For too long our stories been untold,
By men who have held power and great means.
Fire set in cities, the torch burns and cleans,
Fire burned injustice it’s our day, behold!

                                                               ©2020 cj holm

This is my first attempt at Decima Poetry. The rhyming pattern of abbaaccddc. Ronovan’s challenge was to use “Fire” in the “a” spot of the pattern. I cheated and used Fire as a topic. Decima poetry is brand new to me even though it is centuries old. (Sometimes it’s good to force a Swedish/German to learn new things.   Thank you Ronovan for the stretch!


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I like this trio this week. Very precise in the delivery.



kill with open eyes

brutality boost by badge

close up cruelty

Image result for minenepolis kill and protest

world is wide open

human rights violation

close cry of cadence

Image result for human rights violation in us

sense open and close

fresh flourishing learners mind

free and predestined

See the source image


This run of haiku/senryu is in response to Ronovan’s Poetry Prompt Challenge, with the words, OPEN & CLOSE, posted on May 25th 2020.

The pictures are copied and pasted from the web, with appreciation.

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Sanity’s edge

A first-time décima poet. Nailed it an amazing way. Go take a look, seriously.


At times of loss, then it does seem
As though all flat is my being
Eyes open, yet nothing seeing;
Alone, I wander through a dream.

Crazed horizons: a mottled theme
Beckons me to sanity's edge.
A splintered mind; a driven wedge
Into reality's true heart
And at the last a distant part
Found clinging to a windswept ledge.

Prompt: Ronovan Writes: Decima Poetry Challenge #7: Dream

I’ve never tried a ‘decima‘ poem before. I’m not tremendously pleased with my effort: what do you think of it?

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Wand’ring Eye Décima

Ha, an excellent and true poem that connects to so many, whether they have been in this or have seen their friends in it. Nicely done.

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You took a second glance. I could
Forgive you for a wand’ring eye.
As long as you do not deny,
And just assume I’ve understood,
Given a choice, I know you would
Allow that longing, leering stare
To ricochet back to me where
It will be reciprocated.
Besides, I’ve often debated
To gaze, myself. It’s only fair.

In response to Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 6 found here

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Leaving the World- My first Decima

Really liked this one. A first time Decima writer. Couldn’t tell it.



I have never written a Decima. It is harder than it looks. I used this picture for inspiration.

Leaving the World

by JE Lillie

His Boat steers into setting hope.

The sky colors a silent song.

Beneath him plays the ocean’s throng.

He remembers when he awoke.

This child of the world could not cope.

The constant running, called to dance

To entertain the god, Finance.

He left the world against its wish.

And set off for the sea to fish.

Now he sleeps on the golden strands.

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RUIN: An animated short by Wes Ball, director of the Maze Runner movies. Awesome!

You don’t need dialogue to tell a story. You do need to know how to describe what you see in order to relay that to the reader.

  • For me, I write stream of thought to begin with. I type with my eyes closed and whatever I see, I type. Then I go back and change/polish where it will definitely be needed.
  • If you don’t think that works for you, you might try doing the same thing, but with your eyes open, and writing down bullet points for the high spots of the action, with the idea you will know/remember the in between parts.
  • If you are artistic, as in sketching or painting, then sketch the scenes out as well.

Storytelling without a single word spoken.

An animated short by Wes Ball, the director of the Maze Runner Trilogy.

If you’re not a fan of animation, this is short and a chase scene. You will forget all about the animation part as the drone starts chasing the man on the motorcycle.

The actual short is about 7 and half minutes long, with the rest being credits.

If you want to do some practice in writing an action sequence, try doing so with this video. only 7:30 long. How much time and typing could that take?

Storyline: an accurate description from IMDB user

“In a future where cities have crumbled and been reclaimed by nature we join a lone man exploring the ruins of the company Haven Nanosystems. Recovering a locked container he seems to have found what he was looking for, which is information relating to the quarantined Facility B. Unfortunately just as located by a robotic drone and the race to escape is on.” Written by bob the moo

Join author Claire Fullerton at Bloom with Tall Poppy Writers on Facebook for live chat!

I have read and reviewed two of her books and loved them. She is an amazing award winning author. If all of us not so good authors would stop clogging up the query piles of publishers and lit agents, she would be in one of the big 5 and riding higher than she is. Go to the original post on my LitWorldInterviews site and share the post everywhere and check out the chat tomorrow on facebook.

Excalibur returned, his duty done

Thought I would give a shout out to the first person to do my new challenge. Thanks Bob!

Everyone go check him out…his poem…you know. Anyway, run your cursor over the post if you don’t see the words. Very nice poem. The same subject I was thinking of going with, but I just too slow.

When the pen takes control.

We watch the Lady of the Lake
one pale white hand in shimmering
view, as if through mist of morning,
pluck from the mournful air the blade,
to bold King Arthur, Merlin gave
and now returned to waters deep
where only nymphs and spirits sleep
to lie in wait until such time
another hero then may find
a cause to save a land in need

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How to write an Espinela or Décima poem.

How to write an Espinela/Décima poem.

The Traditional Décima Poem

Décima poetry is a 10 line stanza with 8 syllables per line. The rhyming pattern is abbaaccddc. Using the 10 lines there are generally two ways to organize: The 10 lines, or breaking the 10 lines into two stanzas using abba/accddc.

The abba/accddc requires either a period or semicolon after the fourth line break.

Topics are as varied as your imagination.  With the Décima the subject matter tends to be more socially conscience than some poems. Philosophical, political, dogma, and religious ideas are among the topics.  Although, it can also be in the form of satire, criticism, and insulting to an enemy/opponent in a situation.

Just imagine if the candidates for a public office decided to write Décima challenges. First, one candidate would write a 10 line stanza and have a decimista/decimero read it aloud at the opponents next TV appearance. The opponent then responds with another 10 line stanza and a decimista/decimero would return the favor. This would go on for ever how long it will, and sometimes ends up as a song of challenge.

Back in the day, the poems were written anonymously, thus the reason for a decimero. I imagine it was always known who the writer was, at least in matters of romance…maybe.

The reason this form of poetry is also called Espinela is because of Vicente Espinel who was a Spanish writer, musician, soldier, prisoner of pirates, and finally a priest. He is sometimes noted as the founder of the décima or the one to popularize it once again.

Tools I use in my Haiku Challenges each week will definitely be even more useful here. First there is RhymeZone.com, Thesaurus.com, and finally HowManySyllables.com. Look for the new Espinela Poetry Challenge beginning 4/17/2020.

An example of an abba/accddc décima:

On soft breeze a divine bouquet
her invitation is discrete,
to imbibe in her gifts so sweet,
and my heart with joy must obey.

Eternal beasts come into play.
Distance is an icy lover,
these shivers I cannot cover.
Time will tell the battles end.
I’ll travel along that soft wind,
to love to rediscover.

If you like, there is a Décima Challenge here each Wednesday.

Here is the quick and perhaps easier description of a Décima Poem:

I’ve had a much valued part of my poetry family let me know that my description might not be clear enough, so I’ve come up with this. There are 10 lines (stanza) of poetry, but unlike other poetry that rhymes there is a strict set rhyming pattern we must stick to.
In addition each line must only have 8 syllables.
The rhyme pattern is;

But remember, if you want to be a slight bit different, you can do the four lines of abba, then the six lines of accddc.

Décima as Song

Songs have been created for years using Décima poetry. Using the abba/accddc two stanza method and repeat until you have your song. There will be a more complete post about this another time, just know Décima plays a large part in the Latin American culture.

In Ecuador, the they do a forty-four line Décima with a four-line opening, no set pattern of rhyme, and each of the four lines from the opening stanza goes on to appear later in the song, although perhaps a bit modified.

© 2020 Ronovan Hester Copyright reserved. The author asserts his moral and legal rights over this work.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #301 Cake&Steak

Just a reminder of Challenge 301. Try the synonyms of Lump and Rump.
Plus, we have a second type of poetry challenge starting tomorrow. Join and enjoy.


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

Remember to come back and visit the comments section during the week for your fellow poets entries!

Haiku Poetry Prompt Writing Challenge Useful Links.
Thesaurus: Cake, Steak


The Guidelines are simple.

  1. Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in Englishas 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 within it to articles about how to write Haibun, Tanka, and even a new form I created called Freku. 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 visit HowManySyllables.com. (You would be surprised at…

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Hand Sanitizer in Church with Tim Hawkins or How to Laugh With God.

With the current state of things, my first thought was of this that I shared back in 2014. I figured why not share it again for those who missed out.


Having worked in a church over the years in a very deep way, I like to sit back and see a reality check on how the church needs a sense of humor. God said we should be joyful. I believe laughter is one of God’s greatest gifts. It makes you forget about your ills and pains and sorrows. Smiles and laughs get me through the day. Just think about that feeling you get after a good laugh or a long bout of smiling. Then think about sadness and frowning. See the difference? And after thinking about that sadness, watch this video again and think of your own religious dwelling and laugh again to get back to happy.

And this situation just shows you how certain situations are just universal. No matter where you are you know you get this and can laugh…I hope. (I would write giggle here but I’m…

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