poetry 101 rehab: couldn’t

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!


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.


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 COULDN’T.


couldn’t count the times
couldn’t overcome the feeling
couldn’t understand
couldn’t let go
couldn’t do it again
couldn’t notice
couldn’t try any harder

My response, COULDN’T was randomly selected (again) by taking the first word of the tenth line of chapter eight of Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (iBooks edition). What will your take on the keyword COULDN’T 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.

56 thoughts on “poetry 101 rehab: couldn’t

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  2. I couldn’t blog this poem until now but I really wanted to.
    I find it kind of funny though that I already wrote this one last week and I found it would do great for the rehab once I’ve read your blog this Monday.
    And I your poem is so captivating. The emotions are uncovered and that’s really powerful.

    So here is my poem “I Couldn’t Breathe”

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  3. The initial “inspiration” for the poem, “Couldn’t Ever” – http://wp.me/p5BCD4-aO – was the approaching celebration of a wedding anniversary; I realized, however, that it also reflects my feelings about relationships among my siblings, other family members, and the growing circles of “chosen family” members.

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