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Thread: May 2017 Poets-in-Progress Challenge: Acrostic

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    May 2017 Poets-in-Progress Challenge: Acrostic

    Welcome to the May 2017 Poets-in-Progress Challenge! This month we will focus on the acrostic form.

    For this challenge poets will write an acrostic. For more information about the acrostic please see the discussions in the Poetry Discussion board.

    Poets have until 5:00 PM CST 15 May to post their original poems. There will be a ten minute grace period to edit work. Please only post one entry.

    The Poets-in-Progress challenge is about improvement and is for every skill level. Judges' critique and feedback is designed to give the poet the tools needed to hone their skills and improve their work.

    The judges will post their comments and feedback in the Young Poet's Society Judging Center.

    Poets will have until 5:00 PM on the 25th of May to post revised work. Please do NOT edit the original poem.

    The Poets-in-Progress Challenge is scored with points possible out of the following categories:

    Title- 5 points
    Message- 15 points
    Mood- 15 points
    Imagery- 15 points
    Mastery of Technique/Form- 25 points
    Movement- 10 points
    Spelling and Grammar- 15 points

    Total score- 100 points

    For more information about the way the challenge is judged please see the judging guide.

    The judges for this challenge are the astounding Gumby and Astroannie (seriously, thanks ladies).

    The winner of the Poets-in-Progress challenge will be the poet with the most IMPROVED poem.

    Winners of the Poets-in-Progress challenge will receive a month's FOWF subscription and automatic qualification in the annual Grand Invitational Poetry Challenge.

    Secure entries may be posted in the secure entry thread but a link must be provided to secure entries here in this thread.

    There are extra guidelines to the form this month as follows:

    1. You may choose the meter and rhyme pattern of the lines but having one or both and having a consistent pattern to both will count towards your score.
    2. Your poem should also make sense and the message of the poem should be consistent with the message hidden in the lines.
    3. The poem should be between 4-15 lines.

    Happy writing!
    Last edited by Ariel; May 12th, 2017 at 10:20 PM.

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    And Justice For All
    by J. J. Maxx

    Courses of life and human events

    Rally the frail and under trodden
    Echo the whispers of precedents
    Ascribing words of whispered solemn

    Trusting God and man for leveled rights
    Excusing wrong for sake of country
    Darken reds and fading blues and whites
    Erase possessions, land and sundry
    Quietly resisted through the years
    Until the light of love erased the hate
    Amending lives through blood and tears
    Liberty that none can separate

    "He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot." - Douglas Adams

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    Mental Manipulation

    Memories morphing into sadness
    Encroaching midnight mental madness
    Nightly they torture with expertise
    Arriving to torment and tease
    Gaining ground with insidious ease
    Enticing me to remember
    Relentlessly forcing me to surrender
    Instigating insanity with numbing fear
    Enthralled by pain they sip my tears

    Offering me false relief
    Fiendishly stripping away beliefs

    Destroying my will to stand and fight
    Enemies in the dark of night
    Madness is just a breath away
    Once again I hear them say
    Never will you be free
    Secret demons torment me
    If you are a writer, reach a reader
    If you are a fighter, teach a leader
    If you are a lover, touch a leper
    If this has helped you, thank you, reader

    If you can read this, teach a thinker

    Author: Lynn Loschky

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
    Author unknown.

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    Often opaque in delivery
    Elusive metaphors
    Tormenting - testing – teasing
    Yet, sublimely addictive.

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    Fight or Flight

    One by one


    "I have my books and my poetry to protect me
    I am shielded in my armor, hiding in my room,
    safe within my womb
    I touch no one and no one touches me
    I am a rock, I am an island."
    ~Simon & Garfunkel

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    Silent like the ones who donít speak
    Ominous like the waves that crash
    Upbeat like the child in the village
    Noisy like the birds who sing their evening songs
    Distant like the yearning voices of my heart
    Sounds, my friend, come in many a form

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    Silent like the ones who do not speak
    Ominous like the waves that crash
    Upbeat like the child in the village
    Noisy like the birds who sing their evening songs
    Distant like the yearning voices of my heart
    Soothing like the gentle whispers upon a breeze

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    Title: The Problem With Poetry

    Poetry's not always divine
    Often its opaque like cloudy wine
    Elusive metaphors test our skill
    Their meaning impossible to distill
    Readers retreat then ponder awhile
    Yawning and yearning for a simpler style.


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