poetry 101 rehab: smoke


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 SMOKE.


There was an old man who liked to smoke
Who moved away because of some folk
Who went and found his very own space
Bid farewell to the rat race
And looked into the distance taking one last smoke

My response, an attempted limerick entitled SMOKE was inspired by observing a moment of smoking. What will your take on the keyword SMOKE 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.

50 thoughts on “poetry 101 rehab: smoke

  1. I absolutely love the imagery of your poem and the well hidden and yet so obvious meaning 🙂
    The picture goes great with the prompt as well.

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  2. I like your take on observing smoke… a very inspirational phenomenon… smoke. I’ll be back when I’ve got something to link.

    Ah… now I see in the recent posts down below that you’ve got a few running prompts – Is the square a Jurio? I’ll have to check that out. Since I just did a Juria/haibun this morning…

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      1. If you are not Spock, I wouldn’t worry about logic all that much…
        Jurio is a poem that basically is four words by four lines… I thought your square prompt might have something to do with the poetic form…but it did not. And that’s OK too. We all learn something new everyday, some days two new things. 🙂


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