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April Poem-a-day Challenge: Active

Hope National Poetry Month has started well for everyone. I’m recapitulating yesterday’s prompt from the Write Better Poetry blog by Robert Lee Brewer.

For today’s prompt, write an active poem. That could be a poem comprised of active (vs passive) verbs. But it could also be about exercising, playing a sport, or keeping your mind active. Any activity would do, I suppose, even watching the paint dry.

Feel free to post the poem you wrote to this prompt in the comments below. You can also post a link to your blog, if you’ve taken up the poem-a-day challenge. Here’s the first stanza of my poem:

The trees are active tonight—
I can hear them outside my window
shuffling in the early spring breeze
like college kids primping for a party.

Want to see how it ends?


About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.


8 thoughts on “April Poem-a-day Challenge: Active

  1. Where should I be posting my poems?

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Dennis Gray | April 6, 2021, 4:43 PM
  2. I awoke to an avian orchestra permeating the air
    rolled to the open window and the scent of earlier rain
    the rising morning mist gave form to the streaming sun
    as dark limbs darted up through springs earliest foliage
    mossed fallen trees reflecting the brightness of the green
    as I breathe in a new day’s promise to awaken life
    in me

    Dennis Gray 4/6/2021

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Dennis Gray | April 6, 2021, 3:37 PM
  3. I better get writing
    Bart’s winning
    this game of poeming.
    Oh wait I keep forgetting
    We’re not competing
    There is no losing
    Back to bed!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by JeanMarie | April 5, 2021, 4:25 PM
  4. Driveway Dancers

    I was to write about tulips and crocuses
    popping up haphazardly about
    and how they remind me of tiny dancers
    preparing for their coming out
    pastel pinks and blues, buttons and bows
    elbows and knees, hips and toes
    with big eyes and wide smiles
    as fingertips touch above their heads
    all the little tulips in yellows and reds

    but the morning sun drew me to step outside
    to find blacktop artist had struck me again
    leaving dancing princesses topped with a crown
    and wind-blown tree shadows scattered around
    my own pretty ballerinas I want so to see
    left driveway dancers chalked dancing for me

    Dennis Gray 4/5/2021

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Dennis Gray | April 5, 2021, 12:54 PM

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