Poetry Challenge and Entries for May

Fellow blogger and writer from New Zealand, Ineke from and myself, Amanda from Something to Ponder About, are jointly hosting a bi-lingual Poetry challenge in English and in Afrikaans, in the WordPress community.

The challenge is open to everyone, from complete beginners to advanced writers or aspiring poets. The challenge will run from March to October, 2018.  We will share tips, offer a monthly prompt and post link backs to your published Poetry posts.

Scroll down to see Poetry entries and links for May. If I’ve missed anything, or anyone, please let me know. Pingbacks have been known to fail, so it is always helpful if you leave a comment on this post, to flag that you are joining in with the challenge.

A and I Poetry Challenge Entries for May

The task was to write using the photograph supplied or to use a topic of your own choice.

Please check out the wonderful entries  A and I Bilingual Poetry Challenge .



Featured Poet – Hester from Dis Ekke

This month, I would like to feature a poem from Hester. It is a ‘Reverse Poem’ that can be read from start to finish and then again in Reverse order, from finish to start – each way with a different meaning. It is a fantastic effort! I thank Hester most sincerely for joining in on the challenge. Reverse poetry is very new to me and Hester has given us an excellent introduction to this poetic device.


Parenthood is a thankless job

And only idiots believe that

Raising children brings sweet rewards

Being a parent is too heavy a cross to bear

And please don’t think that

Children appreciate the sacrifice

In fact

Giving up your dreams for this may be a mistake

People will tell you that

Being rich and famous

Is infinitely more satisfying than

Raising a family

For this job, one must be prepared to sign on for life

This is the truth

Parenthood requires a total mindset change

– Hester Dis Ekke


Would you like to join in with the Poetry challenge next month?

Challenge Guidelines can be found here


The Poetry prompt for this month will be posted on Something to Ponder About June 3rd, 2018.

Remember, you do not have to use this prompt, at all. The prompt is only there if you feel you want a topic to work from, or you find it hard to come up with an initial idea.

  • Write and post a poem in any language you wish, during the month of June, adding the Tag: A and I Poetry Challenge to your post.
  • Leave a comment on Amanda’s and Ineke’s blog letting us know you are participating.
  • Please link back to this post, so we can find your entry.


A and I Poetry Challenge
Ineke and I have created the above logo for the Poetry Challenge and you are very welcome to paste this onto your blog post or sidebar, so that others can also find out about the challenge, if you so wish.

That is it!

Oh and have fun writing!!

N.B. Ineke and I will post link backs to the blogs who have joined in with the challenge in the poetry challenge post in the following month, so that you can all find each other’s blog posts and build a new poet’s community! If you have any questions, please just ask.

Let us build a Poetry Community in WordPress!


Poetry – Something thoughtful to Ponder About


10 thoughts on “Poetry Challenge and Entries for May”

    1. That makes me happy to hear, Hester. But the feeling is mutual. You also along with the other entrants have taught me many things as well. This month was a difficult topic so we shall see how everyone feels about the next prompt!!

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  1. Thank you for your meticulous organisation of your challenge. 🙂 I thought at first that I wasn’t included since the ping-back didn’t work for some reason (usually I get them). But I see all is well. Looking forward to tomorrow’s prompt.

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    1. Thank you Manja. It is frustrating when the ping backs don’t work. It is a mystery. But rest assured, I do try to include everyone who comments and everyone who tags us in their post, as long as it shows up in the wordpress reader!
      I have so enjoyed discovering your posts and especially your lovely poems. I love that your family made a book of them. Such a great idea and a wonderful way to preserve them for the future. Mabel and I are working on a book project, but it will be some time before it is complete. Are you thinking of publishing at some point.? I think you could do well.

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      1. Ohh, thank you so much, Amanda. 🙂 I might think of publishing but we all know how it goes: that is the easy part. It’s what comes after that hurts: promotion. For now I’m happy with my own one book that I got as a present. 🙂 (Actually two slightly different ones.) Good luck with your book project!

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        1. Marketing done well is a skill and constant work in progress. I am not that way inclined, so, for me, it has to be a needs must approach, if I ever have to promote anything. And the risk of alienating those who enjoy a community friendship without advertising ( I am thinking of blog posts here), can be lost if the interaction contains too many adverts. But noone buys if no one hears about it. It is a fine line one treads.

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