poetry 101 rehab: (p \ m) decide

‘and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference’
― Robert Frost

why're we here?
why’re we here?

*Reading feedback from readers, since first writing this post as you see it below, I’ve decided to have another think about how best to take Poetry 101 Rehab forward – don’t want to lose or alienate anyone who has participated to date – let me know what you think?*


poetry 101 rehab has grown up

it’s now p \ m

and, it’s about to become raw, grittier than before

perhaps, a lot more

you may not like it, or maybe you will, either way let me know by commenting on this post, or send me your thoughts through my contacts page

best of all, post it



<decide>

dead inside (been here before),

suicide?

no, well,

(you) decide

no?

will you fight

for what you feel

 (if you even feel)

for what is real

for you

and, if not,

would you, will you, for them?

or

will

you

do (just) what you need

to

survive?

<decide>


want to be part of p \ m – all you have to do is write a poem in response to the <weekly> prompt, scribble a note, share a track (if you wish), add a photo (or not), maybe toss in a quote and then tag your post p \ m and \ or you can click on the image below

of course, the rules of p \ m are that there really are no rules…

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this week the prompt is decide, so go on, decide?

 a new prompt for p \ m will be published here at 21:00 utc every monday


p \ m | decide 

48 thoughts on “poetry 101 rehab: (p \ m) decide

            1. It’s a good prompt. My aunt’s mother died and her children choose to cling to their grudges and not support their grieving mother. What a heartless decision. No grievance is that important that after three years you can’t drop it when your mom really needs you. Decisions alright.

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  1. Hi Andy,
    I personally applaud a rawer and grittier approach, but wonder whether this might alienate some current or potential participants. You might consider explaining more why you have changed the title and what the new one means. In December, I shall be reblogging some of my ‘more popular’ poems and articles from the past year, but I shall certainly also continue to respond to your prompts, as they are always excellent spurs to the imagination. I finally tracked down SMZang, whose contributions I have greately admired, and have submitted a portfolio for publication on her site. This shows how projects such as yours serve well to connect people around the world.

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    1. Thank you, given feedback from you and other readers, I will spend a little time thinking about this. I would be really sad to lose any of those who have contributed to Poetry 101 Rehab.

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  2. I am going to give it a pass, Andy. In a recent article, my poetry was described thus: “Lizl Bennefeld is a poetess whose poetry runs toward science fiction (although often it is mild horror, or dark poetry)” (Amazing Stories Mag.) . I am working to lighten up with my poetry, trying more humorous, narrative and literary themes and forms. I may (probably will) take a look-in at your prompts, but I promise not to lighten your doorstep with my verse. 😀

    Hope you find a lot of fun and satisfaction with your new format.

    Lizl

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    1. Thank you, given feedback from you and other readers, I will spend a little time thinking about this. I would be really sad to lose any of those who have contributed to Poetry 101 Rehab

      I would hate to see you leave Liz.

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  3. I’m definitely sticking around: one part out of curiosity, and one part because your prompts always give me some new idea or clever thought. I do also think, like someone else said, that you could stand to elaborate on the new nature of the prompts and what’s changed, why etc.

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    1. Thank you, given feedback from you and other readers, I will spend a little time thinking about this. I would be really sad to lose any of those who have contributed to Poetry 101 Rehab

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  4. I could go either way. Some of my poetry is dark, especially when it is about paranormal or my childhood abuse. Other times, I lighten up a bit. So I am in.:)

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  5. Count me in, Andy (still calling myself your #1 fan for the heck of it). As my memory is so bad, the prompt aspect is new, correct? Or did the old Poetry 101 Rehab have them too….? Anyway, I love a prompt–and this one is very evocative. Your poem hits very close to home, as I’m an attempt survivor–that simply means I understand “dark”.

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      1. Could be I just don’t recall, Andy–as my neighbor says, “if it ain’t happenin’ now, it ain’t happenin'”–we have serious senior brain issues, it’s lucky we remember each other (though he did call me “Linda” yesterday, which isn’t even close–poor thing!) 🙂

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