Thursday, April 20, 2017

Poetry Challenge: Quit

Hello Poetteers,

Today's poetry challenge is the letter Q. You can find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle.

Word Prompt
Quit

Questions
  1. What are you currently trying to do?
  2. What did you give up on?
  3. Why did you give up on it?
  4. Was it a good or bad choice to give it up?

Poetry Form
Quatern: This poem has 16 lines broken up into 4 quatrains (or 4-line stanzas).
  • Each line is comprised of eight syllables.
  • The first line is the refrain. In the second stanza, the refrain appears in the second line; in the third stanza, the third line; in the fourth stanza, the fourth (and final) line.
  • There are no rules for rhyming or iambics. (source).

Stay inspired,
Fida 

Find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle

Friday, April 14, 2017

Poetry Challenge: Love

Hello Poetteers,

Today's poetry challenge is the letter L. You can find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle.

Word Prompt
Love and Lost

Questions
  • What was love to you when you were a child?
  • What is love to you today?
  • Did you lose something recently, how and why?

Poetry Form
A limerick is a poetry form in five lines with a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA, which is sometimes meant to be humorous.

Share the poems on Instagram using #dailypoetrygram and tagging me @poetfida. These questions are here to guide you in writing your poem. You don’t have to answer all the questions or use all your responses in the poem. Pick your favorite responses to be in the poem and rearrange them until you’re satisfied. These word prompts are up to your creativity and interpretation.

Stay inspired,
Fida 

Find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle

Friday, April 7, 2017

Poetry Challenge: Gratitude

Hello Poetteers,


Today's poetry challenge is the letter G. You can find the whole challenge in the April Poetry Bundle.

Word Prompt
Give

Questions
  1. How do you give yourself to the world? 
  2. How are you given your friends?
  3. What do your friends give you?
  4. How do you show gratitude? 
Poetry Form

Gogyohka was a form developed by Enta Kusakabe in Japan and translates literally to “five-line poem.” An off-shoot of the tanka form, the gogyohka has very simple rules: The poem is comprised of five lines with one phrase per line. (source).

Share the poems on Instagram using #dailypoetrygram and tagging me @poetfida. These questions are here to guide you in writing your poem. You don’t have to answer all the questions or use all your responses in the poem. Pick your favorite responses to be in the poem and rearrange them until you’re satisfied. These word prompts are up to your creativity and interpretation.

Example

I show my heart
to the world
showing gratitude
friends see me
everything in my heart. 

Stay inspired,
Fida

Find the whole challenge in the April Poetry Bundle

Monday, April 3, 2017

Poetry Challenge: Burning Fiercely

Hello Poetteers,


Welcome to the first day of the A to Z Poetry challenge. I won't be blogging every day. You can find all the challenges in the April Poetry Bundle. Today's challenge is the letter A.

Word Prompt
Ablaze

Questions
  1. What sparked a fire in you?
  2. How are you fierce?
  3. What strong emotions are you feeling?
  4. What bright colors describe those emotions?
Poetry Form
Acrostic

Share the poems on Instagram using #dailypoetrygram and tagging me @poetfida. This is all optional. These questions are here to guide you in writing your poem. You don’t have to answer all the questions or use all your responses in the poem. Pick your favorite responses to be in the poem and rearrange them until you’re satisfied. These word prompts are up to your creativity and interpretation.

Example

Burning Fiercely 

I'm always asked about my faith and culture
of why I fast and wear the headscarf
blue with frustration and red with anger 
instead of letting them burn me down with exhaustion 
I turned to writing, expressing my faith
purple with devotion
yet wondering if it's enough
I hear about my work and know
it's educating and inspiring other people.

Stay inspired, 
Fida

For the A to Z Poetry Challenge, get the April Poetry Bundle

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Reveal of April Poetry Challenge

Hello Poetteers,

As you know the A to Z blog challenge is coming up. April is also national poetry month. Of course, I found a way to combine the two events. Three years ago I wrote original poetry. This year I will be writing poetry prompts. Along with this, I'll be participating in the 100-day project. My project will be sketching my poetry. Follow along in #100daysofsketchedpoems.
List of word prompts. For in-depth prompts, check out the April Poetry Bundle

I won't be blogging every day like the challenge calls for. I will be keeping to my regular schedule of blogging once a week. That won't take away from the content or value of the challenge. You will be able to find all the poetry prompts in the April Poetry Bundle.


Talking about the April prompts, this time last year I started #dailypoetrygram. I'm changing it up. I asked you if you wanted daily or weekly prompts and the chosen one was weekly prompts. Stay tuned next month for the change.

Thank you,
Fida 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Poetry Collab: Bread

Hello Poetteers,

After a #PoetteerChat about food and poetry, I had the pleasure to collaborate on a poem with Charlotte Hamrick.

The Well Worked Globe

Bread is a part of every meal
and Monday mornings
were for bread-making.

My five-year-old self
would sit at the big, worn
kitchen table and watch
Grandma's hands
as they expertly kneaded
and rolled the dough, grabbing
the edge, folding it to the center,
then pushing it down
with the heels of her palms,
gradually turning the pale round
disc until all edges met
in the middle, over and over,
her fingers flexing, arms relentlessly
churning like waves on a shore.

I'd watch as she chatted
and sometimes sang,
a merry-go-round of domesticity,
a goddess of the kitchen,
until time to rest the well-worked
globe in a bowl in the corner.

Later, the whole house
was filled with the smell of freshly baked bread
we sat around the dining room table
I tore off a piece of pita to dip in hummus
as we waited for the main course
on the flip-side
I tore off a piece of flatbread
to scoop up some curry

Bread owns no culture,
yet belongs to every culture.
A staple of life,
bread is universal.

by Fida & Charlotte

Thank you for reading! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How To Come Up With Prompts

Hello Poetteers,

This blog is for me but it is also for you. Usually, I am the one to give you word and poetry prompts. Sometimes the prompts aren’t up your alley or you want your own set of words instead of a general set of word prompts. I am open to receiving suggestions. You always create your own set of word prompts. There are several ways to get started and places to pull words from.
  1. Open a thesaurus or dictionary and look for works that stand out.
  2. Narrow in on an event and pick words that come from it.
    • Example: After the inauguration and women’s march all these words popped up in my mind. That’s how I came up with the March poetry prompts
  3. Pick a theme and the words that go with it. 
Most poetry prompts last for a month. Sometimes that can be too much. You could do one that goes one prompt per week or 7 prompts in one week and gauges if that week is one of writing or not. Another option is to simply cut it in half and have 15 prompts for the whole month. Like I always say, the prompts are up to your interpretation and creativity.

Stay inspired,
Fida

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