November 2017 Poets in Progress Challenge: A-Z Poem

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    November 2017 Poets in Progress Challenge: A-Z Poem

    Welcome to the November 'Poets in Progress' Challenge! Entries only to be posted on this thread. If you have a question please use the Purple Pippery thread.

    Please note

    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 winner is not the best poem but the most improved.

    This month's challenge is an A-Z poem.

    Description and example courtesy of Darkkin

    This is a simple A to Z poem, the first letter of each line, the subsequent letter of the alphabet. Similar to an acrostic, but it is simply the alphabet, A to Z. Mine is divided into tercets, but the A to Z poems are not required to have a set number of stanzas, merely the utilization the alphabet and its order to write a poem.

    As Stephen Fry put it: Pointless style of acrostic q.v. in ABC order. (The Ode Less Travelled p.329)

    How to enter

    This Challenge has two stages. Please read the instructions below, carefully. Poets have until 00.00 (GMT+1)on the 10th November to submit their original poems to either this thread or the Challenge Workshop.
    (Please check the timezone website for time conversion)

    *There will be a ten minute grace period to edit work. Entries edited after the grace period will be disqualified. Please only post one entry.

    *Judges comments and feedback with first set of scores will be posted to the Young Poets Judging Centre by November 17th. If you do not have access to the Judging centre please let me know by PM

    The poets then have until 24th November to revise their poem as per the judges suggestions and post to the challenge thread. Do not edit your original post.

    The judges will post their revised scores to the Young Poets Judging centre by the end of the month.

    Entries may also be posted in the secure entry thread (which is not visible to guests or search engines) but a link must be provided to secure entries here in this thread.

    This month's judges are Darkkin and astroannie

    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 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 Grand Invitational Poetry Challenge AND the opportunity to have their poem published to the
    Flashes of Brilliance website.

    Example of A-Z poem

    Audrey and the Rumble Frog
    by Darkkin
    Audrey, an Aardwolf lay sleeping alongside a byway,
    birch leaves, golden and blown, scattered like crumbs,
    crumbs of knowledge leading the wayward wanderer.

    Daylight, an impatient fiery gleam on the horizon’s edge,
    eased back the cloak of night and broke the spine of stars,
    fractures of green apple and gold spread, a bloody wound.

    Grumble! Rumble! Grumble!’ groaned the greensward.
    Headland heaving, Audrey woke as her hillock hiccupped.
    Instincts screaming, she howled her fright fully justified.

    Jagged jowls, the laughing wold cracked in a cruel smile,
    knowing the caprice of rollicking wealds, Audrey waited,
    life balanced on a precipice, the quaking Tenebrous Wold.

    Motions, actions, precipitated deep within the wold heart—
    Numb with terror, Audrey knew the source, her fated task.
    Only she knew how to still those earth rattling grumbles.

    Paths bisected by veins of the birch wood, marked the way—
    Quietly resolute, the Audrey in company of a scarab set out,
    Rumble. Grumble. Rumble.’ Roared the ridge in a rage.

    Shivers, rumbles, quivers marking the way into Wold Heart—
    Through dappled apple shadows they passed flowing, rolling,
    up wold and over wold in search of the forgotten Underwold.

    Vegetation, quivered, bowing back from the root veined path,
    while from a crevasse two eyes watched, a beast, breath bated—
    Xanthio, the Rumble Frog, whose skin shone with Xanthiosite.

    Yes, this legend of ancient lore, awakens as the Fox Star climbs—
    zenith reached, as Audrey the Aardwolf set out with a scarab.
    Last edited by PiP; November 2nd, 2017 at 01:04 AM.
    “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”

    John Lydgate

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    Last edited by VonBradstein; November 15th, 2017 at 03:28 AM.

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    After the World had Ended

    After the world had ended,
    but before everyone was gone.
    Cataclysm's stink still lingers.
    Death fresh as life hangs on.

    Empathy for former enemies.
    Forgiveness for ourselves.
    Grief for everyone else.

    Hunger starts to set in.
    Industries left to rust.
    Just finding a way to live.
    Kmart shelves full of dust.

    Little time left for the starving.
    Mercy for the dead.
    No hope for the rest.

    Only a few of us left now.
    People hanging on by a thread.
    Quietly we fade away.
    Rotting, with no one to bury the dead.

    Salvation in the ending.
    Time to let it go.
    Unpopulated world.
    I find that my lack of knowledge can sometimes be an asset in that I'm forced to try new things because I don't have any other options.

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    Falling down the alphabet

    "Always keep your
    bedroom tidy!"
    called my mother, from
    Ever eager to obey, I
    fetched the flotsam of last night's
    Hungry Hippos,
    invisible ink,
    jets, jumbos,
    kaleidoscopes and ...
    My precious, plastic guide to the alphabet
    never far from view, now
    on an awkward
    perch, there by the stairs.
    up became down became up.
    Very near the floor, she
    was there to catch me.
    X-rays not required, but ...
    "You can stay in bed today, no school today."
    Zzzzzzz ...

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    Anonymous entry
    Absolutely nothing about poetry
    Being known by the daring, dark horse entry,
    Choosing to throw caution to the wind and see
    Doubt taking a holiday with sanity,

    Enters a poem in a competition.
    Fun meant to be had for such a creation,
    Goads the writer into participation.
    How to stumble through it, is the frustration.

    Ignorant of how much that is claimed to be
    Just wonderful, with rhyme or meter are free,
    Knowing old poems needed such quality,
    Latched a rigid grip on the mentality.

    Making an attempt at meeting the challenge
    Nevertheless, while the time used to scavenge
    Ought to be spent on planning ways to avenge
    Protagonists' friends lost when seeking revenge.

    Questing for words, while is a fun endeavour,
    Rights no wrongs, nor yields much fruit for the labor,
    Suggesting this be the last such perveyor.
    Taking attention that ought not to stray o're

    Unfulfilled dreams that very easily find
    Vanity for myself, I have to remind,
    Wearily I must, though might not be inclined,
    X-amine the priorities of my mind.

    You know this has been mostly nonsense about
    Zephyrs of thoughts, dreams, and with rhymes all throughout.

    Entry withdrawn
    Last edited by PiP; November 11th, 2017 at 02:15 PM.
    “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”

    John Lydgate

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    The first part of the challenge is now closed. If you don't have access to the Judging Centre Basecamp where scores and critiques are posted, please let me know and I will send you an invitation. Posts to this group do not appear in the activity stream so you will need to subscribe to the group to receive notification when the first set of scores are posted. Thank you.
    “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”

    John Lydgate

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    I need something that would only show up there to search on. ..... let me grab some ....
    ... idk, -xXx- vocab and stick it in there...
    Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.
    — Robert G. Allen

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