Décima Challenge 46 Poets Collected

10 Poets from last week’s challenge of K N O T and their Décimas. All links open in a new window when clicked on.

You will see the K N O T in this post. The purpose is, for some strange reason that word is causing my spam to fill up with various ad comments.

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.

 

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Don’t Forget the Half | CSNelson:   My Grandmother


http://www.engleson.ca

Vaccine Blues; A Decima (Decimated) Poem

This morn I stared at my ceiling,
didn’t feel the urge to arise,
heard the cat wail its hungry cries;
it gave me a guilty feeling.

Hanging in bed, quite appealing,
except for all my morning chores,
the cat, and sweeping a few floors,
making tea, toast, jam (apricot)
yet here I am, tied in a k n o t
got the vaccine blues: trapped indoors.


Laura Eliza Haynes:   Friends & Family


Frank Hubney | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking:  K n o t


MMA Storytime:   Star Chasing


Mystical Strings |  Dr. Crystal Grimes:    Thank You, Mr. Goldman!


Revived Writer:     Past


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:   The Gordian K n o t


Ronovan Writes:   Chaotic Thoughts of Freedom


willowdot21:  K n o t



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Décima Challenge 44 Poets Collected

15 Poets from last week’s challenge of STEAL 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.

NEW TO US THIS WEEK:

Laura Eliza Haynes: Regret Décima

Ruth Blogs Here: Capitol Offence

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Don’t Forget the Half | CSNelson:   The Devil Is Defeated


EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO | Larry Trasciatti:    Happy Valentine’s Day


http://www.engleson.ca

How T—-‘s Mob Believed All His Lies and Fomented His Insurrection

From where I sit, my sinecure,
my respect for the Public Weal,
the rabid call to stop the steal,
was a sad coward’s last-ditch lure.

The antithesis of mature,
he stood before his acolytes,
accused foes of egregious slights,
and, indifferent to their fate,
counseled his mob to storm the gate
and overthrow fair voting rights.


Laura Eliza Haynes: Regret Décima


Frank Hubney | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking:   Steal – Décima – Poetry, Short Prose and Walking


Laurie McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge:   Positive Seeds


Mindfills:  Deeper


MMA Storytime:   The Robbery


Mystical Strings |  Dr. Crystal Grimes:    Wishful Thinking


Revived Writer:     Joy Not Stolen


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:  Stolen


Ronovan Writes:  Media Gold


Ruth Blogs Here: Capitol Offence


The Indie She:    https://indishe.wordpress.com/2021/02/12/ronovan-writes-decima-poetry-challenge-prompt-no-44-steal-in-the-b-rhyme-line/


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Décima Challenge 43 Poets Collected

10 Poets from last week’s challenge of SPRING 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.

 

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Don’t Forget the Half | CSNelson:  A Spring to Forget


http://www.engleson.ca

On the Passing of My Friend, Charan Gill

I think of that time as our spring,
some of us with a wealth of years,
others with knowledge in arrears,
yet each with compassion to bring.

A work unit on the upswing,
those too few days of comradeship,
shared goals, gone at too fast a clip,
and now with the passing of one
of us, that time again undone,
we watch another moment slip.


Bob Fairfield: The Rites of May in the Minds of Faerie Folk


Frank Hubney | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking:   Spring – Décima – Poetry, Short Prose and Walking


The Indie She:   https://indishe.wordpress.com/2021/02/04/ronovan-writes-decima-poetry-challenge-prompt-no-43-spring-in-the-a-rhyme-line/


MMA Storytime:   Leave Emotion Out of It


Mystical Strings |  Dr. Crystal Grimes:    Universal Spring


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:   https://arthurrichardson.org/2021/02/04/spring/


Toward the Within: Poetry | RonovanWrites Decima #Poetry Challenge #43 Spring in the A line – Toward the within…


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Décima Challenge 342 Poets Collected

14 Poets from last week’s challenge of CARE 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.

 

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EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO | Larry Trasciatti:  The Couple


http://www.engleson.ca

Deep Winter Despair

This may be where I take my stand,
this late January morning.
Sad thoughts rising, the transforming
virus spreading throughout the land.

Yes, Covid-19, you expand
your reach, our touch, your air, our breath,
your drilling into our soul’s depth.
We are masked pawns. You do not care
a whit for you are everywhere
and we are left with loss, with death


Frank Hubney | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking:  Care – Décima – Poetry, Short Prose and Walking


Laurie McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge:  Care – (Weekly Decima Prompt #42) – Laura McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge


Mindfills:   https://mindfills.wordpress.com/2021/01/31/to-believe-a-decima/


MMA Storytime:   No Care In the Cage


Mystical Strings |  Dr. Crystal Grimes:    Symphony of Love #Decima #Poem | Mystical Strings


Revived Writer:     Careful! | revivedwriter


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:   https://arthurrichardson.org/2021/01/28/leisure/


Ronovan Writes:  NEVER GIVE UP – A poem. | ronovanwrites


The Tenth Zodiac |  Nima:   Wild Love – The_tenth_zodiac


Toward the Within:   Poetry | Wantin’ Only (Yourself) – Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge – Toward the within…


Two On A Rant::

Décima
She had loved once, innocence lost,
betrayed by his civility,
a man with an agility,
to throw her away without cost.

Outside window covered by frost,
mirrored the emotions inside
a woman unable to hide
her rapidly growing despair…
his child, abandoned without care,
two lives destroyed to save his pride.

Haiku
Hardships test our love,
Through the chill autumn season
into winter’s arms.


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Décima Challenge 41 Poets Collected

13 Poets from last week’s challenge of SHIMMER 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.

NEW POETS THIS WEEK

SHIFTNSHAKE | D. AVERY:  Sojurn

 

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EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO | Larry Trasciatti:  A Sad Changing Of the Guard


EMOTIONS | The Ex Introvert:  Wake up – The child in you


http://www.engleson.ca

Inauguration Day-A Poem by a Middle Class, Elderly Canadian Socialist (or, Maybe, a Social Democrat in a Pinch)

Even here, in the cloud-gray dawn,
ferry bound, prawn boat scooting by,
Earth seems lighter, even the sky,
dark as it is, knows that he’s gone.

And, in his stead, we venture on,
Hopeful, in the new day’s glimmer,
New? Old? Safe! Not that flimflammer.
And though flawed, like sensible shoes,
footwear to trust, Joe’s paid his dues.
Our eyes shine in the sweet shimmer.


Frank Hubney | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking:   Shimmer


Laurie McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge:  Shimmer


MMA Storytime:   It Factor


Mystical Strings |  Dr. Crystal Grimes:    Lighthouse


Revived Writer:     Desert Greenery


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:  Seasonal


SHIFTNSHAKE | D. AVERY:  Sojurn


The Tenth Zodiac |  Nima: Suppressed Words


Two On A Rant: Cycle of Life


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Décima Challenge 40 Poets Collected

11 Poets from last week’s challenge of FLOAT 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.

Here are 3 I thought were standouts for various reasons, those being reasons my strange my caught mid-flight.

But I Smile Anyway… | Ritu Bhathal – A nice poem, but mainly visit her for some moral support. Read her reason behind the poem below her poem. Wow. Very nice Christmas gift. Sarcasm dripping from every letter of that. It is called The Covid Gift after all.

Don’t Forget the Half | CSNelson – Of course, I like the poem but her layout for it was very nice and stands out. Perfectly done for a holiday theme.

Bill Engleson – Always a good poem no matter the style, but a very apropos one for all of us this week. (Really, I just wanted a reason to use the word apropos.)

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EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO | Larry Trasciatti:  The Raft


http://www.engleson.ca

T….: a Canuck’s Response Midway thru January 13th

Impeached or not, he’s bound to go,
The final bell, the College vote.
He’s now at sea, can barely float
much more than “save the Alamo.”

We see the gulf, the rancour grow,
positions weighted by the yoke
of rhetoric as blurred as smoke.
He is a dismal, thoughtless force.
And though we trust he’s run his course,
a future run should be revoked.


Bob Fairfield:  Abridged


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


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


MMA Storytime:   A Star In the Making


Mystical Strings |  Dr. Crystal Grimes:    Lifeboat


Revived Writer:     Learning to Sail


The Indie She:  https://indishe.wordpress.com/2021/01/15/ronovan-writes-decima-poetry-challenge-prompt-no-40-float-in-the-b-rhyme-line/


The Tenth Zenith | Nima Mohan:   Quote on Love


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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.

 

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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


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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.

 

 

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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


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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


http://www.engleson.ca

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


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Décima Challenge 36 Poets Collected

12 Poets from last week’s challenge of GIFT 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.

Here are 3 I thought were standouts for various reasons, those being reasons my strange my caught mid-flight.

But I Smile Anyway… | Ritu Bhathal – A nice poem, but mainly visit her for some moral support. Read her reason behind the poem below her poem. Wow. Very nice Christmas gift. Sarcasm dripping from every letter of that. It is called The Covid Gift after all.

Don’t Forget the Half | CSNelson – Of course, I like the poem but her layout for it was very nice and stands out. Perfectly done for a holiday theme.

Bill Engleson – Always a good poem no matter the style, but a very apropos one for all of us this week. (Really, I just wanted a reason to use the word apropos.)

 

 

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But I Smile Anyway… | Ritu Bhathal:  The Covid Gift


Don’t Forget the Half | CSNelson:  Joy of Christmas


EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO | Larry Trasciatti:  The Rabbit


http://www.engleson.ca

The Inebriated Poet Awaiting the New Year

By Bill Engleson

To pile a cord of words in rhyme,
to give them shape, not let them drift,
is such a satisfying gift,
and helps one wile away the time.

And yet one’s thoughts turn on a dime,
for poetry’s not all there is-
akin to gin without the fizz,
rum minus coke, and so I think
a brace of bards do take to drink
for crafting’s often hit or miss.


Bob Fairfield:  Village Mystery


Laurie McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge:   Nativity


Mindfills:  Alive


MMA Storytime:  The Gift of Dedication


Revived Writer:   Valuable Gifts


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:  A Gift


Ronovan Writes:  …THE WISE


willowdot21:   The gift of madness



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Décima Challenge 35 Poets Collected

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

We had several of a holiday season and along with that vein the true overall why the holiday should be celebrated and honestly how one can be a complete part of it.

All the poems are great this week and deserve a visit and read. Not one is weak. Sometimes we kind of make our missteps but not this time.

Some poems that were outside the holiday theme that stood out this week:

MUST READS

The Dressmaker by  Arthur Richardson

Lost at Birth by Nima Mohan

Ruby by the Willowy one herself Dot

 

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Ritu Bhathal | But I Smile Anyway…:    Do You Believe?


L | EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO:   The Wraiths


http://www.engleson.ca

The Visitor

I hear the ticking of the clock,
time chiming away in the night,
shadows swaying in the moonlight,
the chatter of night sounds: night talk.

Barely awake, there comes a knock,
A stranger in the forest, lost,
disoriented, chilled from frost,
And so, a late-night rum toddy,
A winter thaw of the body,
A COVID kindness, a bridge crossed.


Bob Fairfield:  https://bobfairfield.org/2020/12/09/ronovan-writes-decima-challenge-35/


Frank Hubeny | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking:   Knocking   


Dr. Crystal Grimes | Mystical Strings:    The Open Door


Rant Along:   RONOVAN WRITES : Knock | Two on a Rant


Revived Writer:  A Knock on the Door


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:   The Dressmaker


Ronovan Writes:   Do they know…


Nima Mohan | The Tenth Zodiac:  Lost at Birth


willowdot21:   Ruby



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Décima Challenge 34 Poets Collected

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

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Ritu Bhathal | But I Smile Anyway…:   Nativity


L | EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO:   Winter And Spring


http://www.engleson.ca

Day Dream

This morning fog consumes the sky,
lustrous dreams swallowed in haze,
a portent of loss, an end of days,
a slow sweep slippage into nigh.

But I choose not to let time fly
beyond my grasp, outside my ken.
With every breath, I breathe life in,
achieve new ground, fresh, strong, stable,
extend my reach, my life’s fable.
my spirit, my mind, and my Zen.


Frank Hubeny | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking:   Décimas #1 Stable and #2 Truthful Hope    


Mindfills:   travels in the wild


MMA Storytime:  The Elite Squad


Dr. Crystal Grimes | Mystical Strings:    Self-deception


Ranting Along:  https://rantingalong.blog/2020/12/03/23837/


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:  Tripping with the Magi Power Tower


Ronovan Writes:  Our Youth Need


The Tenth Zodiac:  Unfamous Heir


willowdot21:   Banished



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Décima Challenge 33 Poets Collected

14 Poets with 3 NEW POET BLOGS from last week’s challenge of BLIND and their Décimas. All links open in a new window when clicked on.

Some titles of the poems are chosen by me. So don’t blame the poet if it makes no sense with the actual poem. Great takes on the theme. Nice to see some new blogs taking part and a couple of the original Haiku Challenge poets from years ago joining in.

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Ritu Bhathal | But I Smile Anyway…:  The Daily Grind

NEW POETRY BLOG TO THE CHALLENGE


Linda Lee Lyberg | Charmed Chaos:   Of Liquid Memories and Tears


L | EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO:   Black Times


http://www.engleson.ca

Pickleball Blues

A small thing really, almost trite,
A privileged sort, COVID immune
But now we’re singing a new tune,
Though we know our case is quite…slight.

“We planned it well; almost airtight,
The best protocols you could find,
a thoughtful plan, we were not blind
to risk, to spread, it’s viral way.”
Sweet Pickleball, one more delay;
Were you a dream, a state of mind?


Bob Fairfield:    A philosopher’s foible


JosieHolfFord.com

NEW POETRY BLOG TO THE CHALLENGE

Blind

Old Gloucester in Shakespeare’s King Lear –
Quite the wanton lad in his youth –
Was just like Lear, blind to the truth.
His good son Edgar sent away
While evil Edmund has his way.
Gloucester has eyes but he is blind
He loses sight, Lear his mind.
Scenes painful and anarchic
The play’s effect – most cathartic:
To death and loss we are resigned


Frank Hubeny | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking:   Tears To Leave Behind    


Laurie McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge:    Blind


MMA Storytime:    Rules Are Meant to Be Broken


Dr. Crystal Grimes | Mystical Strings:    Oasis


Revived Writer:   Was Blind But Now I See


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:   A Way


Two on a Rant:   Ronovan Writes Poetry Challenge : Decima & Haiku | Two on a Rant

NEW POETRY BLOG TO THE CHALLENGE


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Décima Challenge 32 Poets Collected

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

Sleep led to many different interpretations this time. I know poetry should be that way, but often with such polarizing times in the world thoughts run along the same paths. This week we branched out from politics to slumber, to some complete nonsense (waving my hand on that last one).

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CSNelson | Don’t Forget the Half:  Let’s Be Better Humans


L | EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO:  Apple Tea


http://www.engleson.ca

Vaccine Love

The dark snakes in, the dusk is frost,
The wind is fierce, the snow is deep.
My heart pumps slow, a restless sleep,
The covers creased, dreams nightmare-tossed.

We have paid a ferocious cost,
This Covid war, lost dividends,
of joy, of breath, my foes, my friends,
as ‘cross the globe the virus spreads.
Sweet vaccine thoughts invade our heads;
seeking innoculated ends.


Frank Hubeny | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking:   Nightmares on the Gentlest Tier of Hell


Kat Myrman | Like Mercury Colliding:   dare to hope


Mindfills:  https://mindfills.wordpress.com/2020/11/21/fizz-a-decina/


MMA Storytime:  Knockout!


Dr. Crystal Grimes | Mystical Strings:    Mystical Strings


Revived Writer:  Lullaby To Open Eyes


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:  Penitence


Ronovan Writes:   Only One Mutton


willowdot21:   Tides of Madness



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Décima Challenge 31 Poets Collected

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

If you like quiet tequila nights, disastrous endings, and even some lovin’, you’ve come to the right place. Visit these 12 poets and find a style of poetry you may not have read before, even though you think you have. There are so many forms of poetry and this one is a cultural one for the Latin culture originating in Spain and continues to be important today in social, political messages and especially in Latin music.

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L | EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO: True Love


http://www.engleson.ca

One…And Lost

The night has come, the day is done.
they sleep the sleep of nevermore.
The sleep of peace, the sleep of war:
Both are the same, an endless one.

Never again to feel the sun,
the song of love, the joy of tears,
no highs, no lows, no dreams, no fears.
consigned to cold and endless terms
of rain, of mud, of frost, of worms!
Sweet lives lost, in timeless arrears.


Frank Hubeny | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking: One Lap Too Many


Laurie McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge:     Children in Need


Kat Myrman | Like Mercury Colliding:  only one


Mindfills:  Dream Up


Christine Bialczak | Stine Writing: The Tequila Farmer


Mystical Strings:    Inner Voice


Revived Writer:  Décima


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:  The Metaphysics of Love


Ronovan Writes:   Tanning Buns and Big Mac Runs  Yeah, I apologize to poets everywhere for this one.


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Décima Challenge 30 Poets Collected

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

Didn’t see some of these coming. Some yes, but some…nope.

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CSNelson | Don’t Forget the Half: Prolific Source of Hope


L | EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO:  Distinctive Speech


The Night That Might Never Have been And Does Not Seem to Want to End

Brandy sniffered. Lasagna baked.
Settled in to await the news.
Who will wear the President’s shoes?
Will he bellow, “that news is faked!”

These past four years, my poor brain’s ached.
His every word a bleak chemtrail,
his every step, a coffin nail.
And now, this show, democracy’s test,
a voting scheme, a hornet’s nest:
Breath in! Breath out! Inhale! Exhale!

http://www.engleson.ca


Bob Fairfield:  School Concert Hopefuls


Frank Hubeny | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking:    Exhale – Poetry, Short Prose and Walking


Laurie McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge:   Exhale


Kat Myrman | Like Mercury Colliding:   and the count continues…


Mindfills:  Synesthesia in a Décima


MMA Storytime:  Running On Fumes


Mystical Strings:    Ancient Wisdom


Revived Writer:  Other Places Seasons are Much Colder


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:  Breathe Out


Ronovan Writes: Right Practiced


willowdot21:   The waiting room a Décima



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Décima Challenge 29 Poets Collected

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

Well, what better number of poets than 13 for a Fright prompt during Halloween week? Some different than what you might be expecting. Also, some even record their poetry so you can actually hear what they sound like…the people, not necessarily the poems.

Please check out Challenge 30 posted at 08:00 EST or New York City time for people like me who sometimes gets the time zone things mixed up.

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CSNelson | Don’t Forget the Half:   Please, Define Great…Again – Don’t Forget the Half


L | EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO:  Woeful Fate


http://www.engleson.ca

Fright of Fancy

T’was that time of year, time of night,
time of season, darkness upon
the land, the soul, the jaded dawn,
when ghouls walk their gruesome rite.

Graveyard spirits, in ancient fright,
Rise from the earth and hover there,
to shock, to scream, and, yes, to scare
the living who will one day chance
to strut our own bone-rattling dance:
Ghosts we will be, in death-howled air.


Bob Fairfield: Crazy Rabbit


Frank Hubeny | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking:     Fright


Laurie McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge:    Fright


Kat Myrman | Like Mercury Colliding:    in a fog


S.S. | Mindfills: I Picked


MMA Storytime:  The Fright of a Fight


Mystical Strings:    Seek First


Revived Writer:   Creepy Candy


Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks:  Between the Cracks


willowdot21:   Fright



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Décima Challenge 28 Poets Collected

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

A strong set of Décimas this week. Some very personal, with guts and backbone and brutal reality. That’s what the Décima can do. It’s a style from Spain and very much a part of Latin culture and the passion in those cultures seem to give permission through this style to go wherever you need to, or wherever it takes you. Sometimes, a poem just wants to be written.

 

 

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Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks: The Fates


Charmed Chaos: Whatever It Brings


Don’t Forget the Half: Unpredictable Certainty


EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO: The Expendable Pawn


http://www.engleson.ca

The Change of Seasons-Dark

Winter pokes out from the far hills
And I watch, I wonder, I wait
for the snow caps to shape my fate,
the storms, the winds, the cold deep chills.

Other welcome winter. It instills
a warmth, an air of solemn grace,
of times evoked, the soft sweet face
of life and love forever lost
yet still alive, a permafrost
of pleasure ever to embrace.


Frank Hubeny:  Fate


The Hidden Edge:  Occult Vault  


Like Mercury Colliding: Blooms From Dust 


Mindfills: Magnetic


MMA Storytime:  Left to Fate


Mystical Strings:   Tempting Fate


Stine  Writing: Integrity


willowdot21:   The Awakening


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Décima Challenge 27 Poets Collected

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

I’m serious when I say you need to visit and read these this week. I think they’re some of the best we’ve had yet. A few sent me scurrying to a search engine to find the inspiration. And I was glad I did. Great discoveries.

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Arthur Richardson | Poems, Polemicks and Licks: https://arthurrichardson.org/2020/10/15/bliss/


Charmed Chaos | Linda LeeLyberg: Reminiscing Summer


Don’t Forget The Half: Blissful Memories  First timer, Give her a visit and a welcome.


eastelmhurst.a.go.go: The Happy Couple


http://www.engleson.ca

PRIMEVAL POTUSK

He’s in a state, euphoric bliss,
something opaque, and somewhat mad,
deranged, demented, slightly sad,
his urge to share his COVID kiss.

He’s taken us to the abyss,
with megalomanic raving,
“I’m immune,” his new saying,
As if he is a chosen one,
Yet he has simply come undone,
Our souls are what he’s craving.


Frank Hubeny | Poetry, Short Prose and Walking:  Bliss – Poetry, Short Prose and Walking  


Laura McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge:  Bliss – (Decima Challenge #27) – Laura McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge 


Mindfills: The More I Live


MMA Storytime:  Thrills of Victory, Agonies of Defeat


Mystical Strings:   Glissful Love


Revived Writer:  Precious and Priceless


willowdot21:   Bliss is a Quiet Tap!


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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.

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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


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