HIT THE ROAD. JACK: d’Verse Quadrille Prompt – Staying On Track

For this week’s d’Verse Quadrille Prompt Merril has encouraged us to write a Quadrille (44 words excluding the title) using the word “track” or a variation of. Below lies my contribution: 👇👇

HIT THE ROAD. JACK

Used to run on the tartan track
Or travel by railway tracks
But now I hit the road. Jack
And the miles begin to stack
Up.
Hard to keep track
Of how much.
As sometimes
I just lose track
Of time.
Hence, the rhyme.

Should you wish to participate in the prompt then you can access it through the following link:

https://dversepoets.com/2022/10/03/quadrille-161-staying-on-track/

TOOLS OF THE TRADE: Sadje’s #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt #154

For the visually challenged reader, this image shows a wall stocked with different construction / mechanical tools in many sizes and varieties. It may be a workshop or a store. Below lies my contribution:

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

The tools of the trade adorned his wall
Like trophies & photos did on others
Screwdrivers; saws & sanders
Hammers; chisels & pliers
And many more instruments besides
That a poet like myself couldn’t name
Each one had it’s place
Each one with it’s purpose
He took pride in them,
His vast collection of tools.
Gathered over time
Since he began his apprenticeship
At the young age of 16.
As for me?!
Well, I couldn’t draw a straight line
Never mind saw one
If you paid me!
Nor have I tools per se
Or shed
To assemble them in.
Just my pen & paper
Notepad & book
Shoulder bag to carry them in
My workshop?!
Wherever I can sit down
With a cuppa coffee
As Seamus Heaney once said
“Between my finger & my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I’ll dig with it.”
They are the tools of my trade
That have crafted the poems
That I’ve made.

If you’d like to participate in the prompt then you can access it through the following link:

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2022/10/03/what-do-you-see-154/

BLOG GOALS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

Afternoon folks! Welcome back to my latest Blog Goals for the Week Ahead where I set out my blog schedule and creative goals for the coming week! 😁 Hope it helps inspire; motivate and put a smile on your face! 🙏🤞😁 I’ve already posted my 1st motivational running quote of the week for ye so I’ll get cracking with the rest of the week’s lineup.

First up, on Tuesday, I’ll be participating in Sadje’s weekly #WDYS #WhatDoYouSee Poetry Image prompt with a poem provisionally titled: TOOLS OF THE TRADE. If you’d like to get involved in it then you can access it through the following link: https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2022/10/03/what-do-you-see-154/

This will be followed up later in the day by an autumnal poem called THE FALL OF LEAVES.

Wednesday will see me tackling the latest d’Verse Poetics/Quadrille Prompt after my 2nd inspirational running quote of the week!

On Thursday, I’ll be bringing you the 2nd edition of my Throwback Thursday Poetry Recital. This week I’ll be reciting CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE, a watershed piece for me. And of course you’ll be able to read along as you listen to me recite. 👍😁

Friday will see me posting my 3rd motivational running quote for ye which will be followed up by some more reflection in my Favourite Poetry Quotes blog.

Then on Saturday, I’ll be sharing my final poem and motivational running quote of the week with ye. Who knows?! I might even do another Tanka Tuesday Poetry Prompt given the success of my LIGHTENING ROD piece. 👍😁 And I’ll round it all up on Sunday with my regular Blog Recap

That’s all for this week folks! Thanks for stopping by and reading this post. Do stay tuned with me throughout the week for all my blogs and any possible updates. 🙏😊😁

SUNDAY BLOG RECAP

Good evening folks! Welcome back to my weekly Blog Recap with links to all the blogs I posted during the previous week! 😁 Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! 😜🙏😁🤞

First up I shared a running quote encouraging us to “run with our heart”. The link is here: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2022/09/26/running-with-your-heart/?preview=true

On Tuesday, in a later schedule than usual, I posted my Blog Goals for the Week Ahead where I set out my blog schedule and creative goals for the coming week. Here’s the link: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2022/09/27/blog-goals-for-the-week-ahead-5/?preview=true

This was followed up my response to Sadje’s latest #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt titled: MANE MAN. The link to it is here: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2022/09/27/mane-man-sadjes-whatdoyousee-wdys-poetry-image-prompt-153/?preview=true

Later that day, I published a new poem called No. 7; A Perfect Grief in memory of my dad on the 7th anniversary of his passing. The link is below: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2022/09/27/no-7-a-perfect-grief/?preview=true

Then, on Wednesday I posted my 2nd motivational running quote of the week for ye. The link to it is below: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2022/09/28/early-morning-run-saving-an-hour-of-your-day/?preview=true

This was followed up on Thursday by a special Throwback Thursday Poetry recitation of my poem: A SHADOW CAST in honour of my Dad’s 7 year anniversary. You’ll find the link to it below: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2022/09/29/__trashed-2/?preview=true

On Friday I posted my 3rd running quote of the week celebrating those brave souls who get up early while it’s still dark to run. The link to it is here: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2022/09/30/early-morning-run-embracing-the-dark-side/?preview=true

Later on that day I published a poem titled: OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE SAME COIN for d’Verse’s latest poetics prompt by Punam on the subject of good and evil. Here’s the link: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2022/09/30/the-opposite-side-of-the-same-coin-dverse-poetics-good-evil/?preview=true

Yesterday, Saturday, I posted my final motivational running quote for ye reminding us that Tough Runners last. The link to it is here: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2022/10/01/running-tough-runners-last/?preview=true

Then later last night I shared my final poem called LIGHTENING ROD inspired my the crew over at Word Craft Poetry & their Tanka Tuesday Poetry Prompt. Here’s the link to it: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2022/10/01/lightening-rod-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge/?preview=true

And this week’s blogs were rounded off today with my latest favourite poetry quotes blog where we reflect and examine some poetry quotes and apply them to our lives. The link to it is below: https://kenhume31.wordpress.com/2022/10/02/poetry-home-of-extraordinary-effective-communication/?preview=true

POETRY: HOME OF EXTRAORDINARY & EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion, but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it’s the home of the extraordinary, the only home.

Philip Levine

Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things.

Matthew Arnold

Good afternoon folks! Welcome back to my latest poetry quotes blog where we take some favourite poetry quotes of mine; break them down; analyse them and apply the lessons learned to our lives as poets and readers alike. 🙏😁👍

To save us poets from any delusions of grandeur, Philip Levine wastes no time in reminding us that poetry won’t save anything (anyone) “from oblivion”. It won’t help us completely forget the suffering; pain and loss going on in the world/in our lives or numb us into a state of unconsciousness so we become unaware of what’s going on.

Instead it allows us the opportunity to write about the ordinary things going in our lives such as waking up in the morning; our jobs; going for walks; spending time with loved ones; food we eat etc. Stuff that might seem trivial or mundane to others. For it is in such common; everyday things that we can uncover something extraordinary; impressive and beautiful as Matthew Arnold goes on to declare. That’s the home of the true poet.

For that’s what poetry is! Impressive; beautiful & effective. Yes, effective! Poetry; spoken word can reveal to you, to others the innermost/complicated feelings and observations of you/writer/reader in a way that no other form of communication can. Because it’s short; concise; honest and cuts (through all the superfluous rubbish & flowery language) to the bone.

It can draw beauty & good out of the ugliest; most terrible; cruel and heartbreaking of events and emotions when you use the right words in the right way at the right time. It can heal us the hurt without removing the source. It allows us to feel the pain instead and still find hope; strength and comfort through it! Doesn’t matter where they are in the world. Now, that’s impressive! And extraordinary! 🤔👍😁👌👏❤️

LIGHTENING ROD: Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge

I haven’t done this challenge before but I came across on my good friend’s David Bogomolny’s blog over at the Skeptic’s Kaddish so I thought I’d give it a whirl. It’s called The Symetrelle

(The Symetrelle is a form created by Julie Moeller Writing on Allpoetry com as Bluejewel. She describes it thus:

  • It begins and ends with a single subject line that is 7 syllables.
  • It has ‘a hat and boots’, mono-rhymed couplets that lead you into and out of the subject with a 9 syllable count.
  • At the heart of it is a mono-rhymed 4 line quatrain with an 11 syllable count.)
  • Below lies my contribution which gave us the word Lightening to use as a guide line. Not sure it’s exactly within the parameters of a symatelle but sure hope you’ll enjoy! 🤞🙏😁

    LIGHTENING ROD

    She’s a lightening rod for trouble

    It courses through her veins
    She always gets the blame

    When you’re in her vicinity
    Bad things happen implicitly
    The air fills with electricity
    From her strange eccentricity

    She’s a lightening rod for trouble

    If you too would like to participate in the prompt then you can access it through the following link:

    https://wordcraftpoetry.com/2022/09/27/tankatuesday-weekly-poetry-challenge-no-291-9-27-22-themeprompt/

    THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE SAME COIN: d’Verse Poetics – Good & Evil

    For this week’s d’Verse Poetics Prompt, Punam from over at https://dversepoets.com/author/paeansunplugged/ challenged us to look at the concepts of good and evil in a different light and not simply as good versus evil! Below lies my contribution, hope you all enjoy the read! 🤞🙏👌

    THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE SAME COIN

    We talk about good versus evil
    As opposed to good & evil
    And so we go round and round
    As if it’s some age old battle
    From the dawn of creation
    When they’re simply
    Opposite sides of the same coin
    At the hip they are joined
    Case in point.
    Let’s go back to the Genesis
    Before the 2 became nemesis
    When God instructed Adam & Eve
    Not to eat from the tree
    Of good AND evil.
    You see?!
    They come together as a pair
    Go hand in hand
    Can’t have one without the other
    We’re born with
    The capacity
    The instinct to do both
    But which we do most
    Is down to the examples set us
    And the choices we make
    Which wolf we feed
    When we’re put to the test
    You’ll either see the best us
    Or witness our will break
    Mankind has committed
    Some truly awful acts
    In the name of “Christianity”
    In the name of “good versus evil”
    Let’s embrace the humanity
    Instead for the sake of retrieval
    Of some common ground
    Some common sense
    Let’s stop fooling around
    And recommence
    Encourage the good
    Point out the bad
    Without drawing blood
    Send them down a wrong path
    On a downward spiral
    Make them feel like their less
    Old habits they recycle
    Keep making the same mess
    When’s it all going to stop?
    When’s it all going to change?
    Focus on good verses
    Instead of “good versus…
    Well,
    We’d all be a little bit more sane

    Written by Ken Hume

    30/09/2022

    If you’d like to participate in the prompt then you can access it through the following link:

    https://dversepoets.com/2022/09/27/poetics-the-good-and-the-evil/

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