poetry 101 rehab: decisions

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 DECISIONS.

DECISIONS

DecisionsExcisionsCollisionsIllusionsSensationsInterruptionsOmissionsNegations

Silence


My (very brief) response, DECISIONS was jotted down in a moment of decision. What will your take on the keyword DECISIONS 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 101 Badge above.

1984

‘and all the green belts wrapped around our minds and endless
red tape to keep the truth confined’
– lyrics from uprising, muse

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(passageway to torture chamber at fort breendonk, concentration camp near mechelen, belgië)

(for cover makeover by Desley and Lucile)

*shot with nikon d700 and af-s nikkor 70-200mm lens at 70mm, f/4 and 1/15s, ISO6400, edited in lightroom cc, and analog efex pro 2 with titles added in photoshop cc, do not open the door*

project 365 mobile | mono | square | week 11

On Sunday, 14 June 2015, I launched my Project 365.

You can see all the images as they are posted to the mobile | mono | square album on my flickr account.

My plan, let’s see if I can stick to this, is to post a weekly update here each Sunday.

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dark | side | thursday | fifteen

Do you need, desire or crave a new challenge?  Are you open to sharing your dark side?   Then read on.

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Do you have a dark side?

Or, think you may have one. Or indeed worry that you might have one. Or, for that matter, worry that you don’t and would like one? If so,  join me here each week for dark | side | thursday.

Over a period of 52 weeks, I am writing a story. A dark story that will unfold as the weeks pass. Each Thursday, at 13:00 UTC, I will post a new chapter. Each chapter will be exactly 500 words long, and will be accompanied by a photograph. You can catch up on the story so far by clicking here on dark | side | thursday

Share your dark side?

I invite you to join me either by writing your own dark story, week by week, or, if that is too much, by dropping by, now and then, perhaps when the mood suits you or, perhaps, when it doesn’t, and by sharing a photograph, poem or a suitably dark piece of prose. To cross over to dark | side | thursday create your post, tag it dark side thursday and link to it by clicking on the dark | side | thursday badge below, where you can also find all the contributions so far. Or you can simply share your link in the comments section of my weekly post. And, should the mood take you, you can add the badge to your post.

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dark | side | thursday | fifteen

The key turned. The screaming filling his head. The cold, foul smelling water seeming to rise.

As the lock clicked he bent over the box, and with both hands carefully raised the lid. The hinges along one side groaning, rank fetid air spilled out of the box.

Then, the screaming stopped.

Removing the key, and placing it back in his pocket, he threw the lid back roughly against the dripping wall of the corridor, and looked inside.

Trapped, exhausted, fingers bleeding, mind broken, she stopped moving. She heard a sound, oh so far away, a metallic grating noise. Her breath caught in her throat, her heart pounding. The darkness pressed against her face. Hope mixed with terror. Her hands clenched, her fingernails digging into the palms of her bleeding and bruised hands.

The box was dark, darker than hell. And it was empty. And not merely empty, the darkness seemed too intense, seemed endless. Then in the gloom he saw. As his eyes adjusted to the murk, he saw a flight of ancient stone steps leading down into the dark. Without thinking he stepped into the open box, the rank air filling his nostrils, making him gag. Holding the sides of the box, the splintered wood piercing his palms, he reached down with his foot to the first step, letting go, he began to descend.

The noise had gone, she could hear nothing. Only the pounding of her heart in the confined and terrible space. Dark clouds of despair filled her mind. She was stuck, there would never be any escape. Here in the dark. Alone.

The steps were cold, so cold his feet became numb, and wet, filthy water cascaded from the roof, from the open bottomless box. He reached the bottom. The floor was sandy. He raised his eyes and as he did so the gloom seemed to begin to disperse, two faint circles of glowing sickly yellow light flickered high above him from what seemed to be windows in the curved wall. He was in a circular chamber, as the gloom lifted he realised he was inside a hollow sphere, in the centre of the sandy floor a circular grating.

He turned, and there in front of him, the faceless figure stood once more. Blank face seeming to look toward the grating. The palms outstretched in supplication. The air in the chamber was foul, a brew of the familiar acrid anaesthetic and something rotten, something long dead. His mind reeling, he turned toward the grate in the floor.

The dark surrounded her. Her body cold, wet, unmoving. Her mind began to close down. Then, another sound, still far away, she heard another metallic scraping sound, a sound of ancient metal, screeching.

He had reached down, slid his fingers into the lattice of the grating and began to turn, following instinct, or some long buried memory. The grating groaned, the rusted metal screeching as it turned in its base. Finally, it was open.

Slowly, he lifted the grating.


The portal to dark | side | thursday opened on the twenty first day of may in the year twenty hundred and fifteen and will remain open for fifty two weeks.

fifteen | fiftytwo

poetry 101 rehab: moments

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.

badge-rectangle

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 MOMENTS.

MOMENTS

moments
oh, so short
moments
slipped away
moments
oh, so short
moments
cast away
moments
oh, so short
moments
thrown away
too late...
...moments

My response, MOMENTS was inspired by a moment of reflection. What will your take on the keyword MOMENTS 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 101 Badge above.

project 365 mobile | mono | square | week 10

On Sunday, 14 June 2015, I launched my Project 365.

You can see all the images as they are posted to the mobile | mono | square album on my flickr account.

My plan, let’s see if I can stick to this, is to post a weekly update here each Sunday.

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dark | side | thursday | fourteen

Do you need, desire or crave a new challenge?  Are you open to sharing your dark side?   Then read on.

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Do you have a dark side?

Or, think you may have one. Or indeed worry that you might have one. Or, for that matter, worry that you don’t and would like one? If so,  join me here each week for dark | side | thursday.

Over a period of 52 weeks, I am writing a story. A dark story that will unfold as the weeks pass. Each Thursday, at 13:00 UTC, I will post a new chapter. Each chapter will be exactly 500 words long, and will be accompanied by a photograph. You can catch up on the story so far by clicking here on dark | side | thursday

Share your dark side?

I invite you to join me either by writing your own dark story, week by week, or, if that is too much, by dropping by, now and then, perhaps when the mood suits you or, perhaps, when it doesn’t, and by sharing a photograph, poem or a suitably dark piece of prose. To cross over to dark | side | thursday create your post, tag it dark side thursday and link to it by clicking on the dark | side | thursday badge below, where you can also find all the contributions so far. Or you can simply share your link in the comments section of my weekly post. And, should the mood take you, you can add the badge to your post.

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dark | side | thursday | fourteen

He pushed the door open, there, in front of him, his desk.

And on it the box lay open. He had taken the key when he had last left this room, walking along the corridor, expectant, remembering his anguish as he reached the dark stairwell.

And then? What? His mind blank. Or unwilling to comprehend, not wanting to believe.

And yet. The acrid taste in his throat, his nostrils, tugged at his memory. Sharp scratches scored deep into the flesh of his back demanding he remember.

Remember her? And then he did. And what he had done. With, and to her.

He sat down heavily. His elbows on the desk. His head in his hands. Her screaming echoing in his skull, would it ever stop? He reached into his pocket, took the flask, pushed it against his mouth, drank deep. Then drank again. And again.

Fighting for air, gasping and straining. Her eyes blinked open. Darkness. Endless total darkness, no sound, nothing. She was freezing cold, soaking wet and shivering. She moved her hand, intent on raising it to her face, her hand struck something, hard and unyielding. In the darkness fingers scraped against splintered wood, sharp slivers sliding straight under her split and torn finger nails. She tried to shift her body, realising she could not move, jerked her head from side to side, scraping her face against more splinters, more blood flowed. Then she realised. She was trapped. Inside a box. Nausea overwhelmed her, she frantically pressed and heaved, and once more began to scream.

The clear cold liquid burned down his throat. Flared inside his belly. Easing the pain that coursed through his entire being. He slammed the flask down on to the desk.

The screaming inside his head, her screams, the screams that had driven him deeper, would not stop.

He felt the key in his hand. It felt alive. He ran his fingers over its dark indentations, imagining it sliding slickly into the opening for which it was designed, wanting to turn it, feel the movement, feel it unlock that which should never be released.

And that screaming. Would not stop.

He turned his head back to the door, at last realising the screams inside his head were real, not merely the remnants of what had gone before. Real screams, screams of terror and panic. Her screams.

He stood, again, and walked back to the door. Opened the door and stepped once more into the corridor.

His blood froze as he saw the rough hewn box, wider at one end than the other, that lay in the corridor, the floor covered with dark foul smelling water, water running down the tiled walls, dripping from the ceiling, water lapping against the side of the box. The screaming, frenzied, despairing, came from deep within.

The key. The key was in his hand, still. He knelt in the water. At the head of the box, in the centre, a dark slot.

He slid the key inside, and turned.


The portal to dark | side | thursday opened on the twenty first day of may in the year twenty hundred and fifteen and will remain open for fifty two weeks.

fourteen | fiftytwo

poetry 101 rehab: forward

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.

badge-rectangle

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 FORWARD.

FORWARD

Forward, no more reverse gear, no more rearview mirror

Only the road ahead, no more fear, hope no more a glimmer

Reach for the stars, bring them near, watch them shimmer

Winding road ahead, sky blue clear, no more terror

Asphalt hot steaming, burning rubber as they sneer, sitting with their TV dinner

Remembering left in the past, no room for one more tear, window getting thinner

Drive forward, its clear, its no error


My response, FORWARD was inspired by Roadhouse Blues by The Doors. What will your take on the keyword FORWARD 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 101 Badge above.

project 365 mobile | mono | square | week 9

On Sunday, 14 June 2015, I launched my Project 365.

You can see all the images as they are posted to the mobile | mono | square album on my flickr account.

My plan, let’s see if I can stick to this, is to post a weekly update here each Sunday.

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