poetry 101 rehab: deadline

Do you miss the Writing 201 Poetry course by the Daily Post? Then join this blogging challenge, Poetry 101 Rehab, that will provide your poetry fix!

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How does it work?

For several weeks now, each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC, Mara Eastern has published a poetry prompt along with her response to it, you can see them all here. On 30 June, Mara announced that she is taking a blogging hiatus this Summer to focus on her dissertation. I am serving as locum “poet in residence” at the clinic until her return – and hope that I don’t lose any of her patients! I will continue to publish a weekly prompt exactly as before.

You are invited to answer the prompt, twist it or ignore it; write a poem of your own or share a poem by another author.

I would love to hear about your inspiration, your creative process or other poetry related thoughts, but this is no way obligatory. Nothing is obligatory in this challenge, the idea is to get together, talk poetry and have fun!


How can you take part?

Anyone can participate, anytime you want. Publish your poetry post and add a link to it by clicking on the Poetry 101 Rehab badge below or share your link in a comment. Use the tag Poetry 101 Rehab, so we can find each other in the Reader.

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I will act as your host, and I’ll be here for you to reply to your comments, read your poetry, like and comment. While this post is the starting point for the challenge, do visit fellow poets in the link-up and chat to them on their blogs!


This week’s prompt is DEADLINE.

DEADLINE

deadline
no time, no time
deadline
must work, must work
deadline
no time, no time
deadline
can’t slack, can’t slack
deadline
no time, no time
deadline
keep typing, keep typing
deadline
no time, no time
deadline
can’t think, can’t think
deadline
no time, no time
deadline
can’t sleep, can’t sleep
deadline
no time, no time
dead____________


My response, DEADLINE was inspired by the feelings we can all too easily endure when working up against a deadline, so it’s a very personal, blunt, take on this week’s prompt. What will your take on the keyword DEADLINE be? Blog about it in a poetry post and share your link in the comments section of this post and by clicking on the Poetry 1o1 Badge above.

37 thoughts on “poetry 101 rehab: deadline

  1. How do you do that?! I am have a really (really) crappy day, Andy. But I read you poem and just smiled at that last line. Oh, so good! The rehab works even on those not in the program! Brilliant. Thank you.

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  2. I read an article on the meanings and applications of the word “deadline” in yesterday’s NY Times, and that informed my poem, Not a Movable Feast – http://wp.me/p5BCD4-ae – I continue to be concerned about environmental issues and the seeming inability to not just set goals, but to take steps to achieve any of them.

    I quite like your poem, Andy. Illustrative of the feelings involved. While I enjoyed deadlines when I was younger–15+ years working with computers in banking and insurance, I have rediscovered my creativity in less pressured, more chaotic surroundings. I diligently avoid pressure and actual deadlines.

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    1. Thank you Liz, both for your kind comments but mostly for your two great poems, especially the first, short, one, which conveys so much feeling in so few words, and the thinking behind the second..

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    1. I love this and the repetitive structure that suggests we never meet deadlines, there is always another to confront us, is very clever! Thank you for contributing to the rehab clinic once more!

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  3. oh, gosh, this is what is going on through my mind these past few days… deadline, dealine, slacker, slacker lol 🙂 love it, Andy!! but I hope you meet your dealines (me too… )… 🙂

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