Poetry Challenge Roundup for July

July is a month where many in both hemispheres take holidays, the temperate south freezes a little, while the subtropical south basks in dry warm daytime temps, and the temperate north experiences its long daylight hours of summertime. Great for relaxing and taking it easy. Perhaps some of our other contributors are also on holiday.

So I invite you to take a look at this month’s submissions who join in with the

A and I Poetry challenge for this month.

A and I Poetry Challenge


The Prompt for July was to: –

Turn on the radio to any channel.

Write a poem inspired by the first thing you hear

(lyrics to a song, a commercial, etc.)


sound speaker radio microphone
Photo by Gratisography on


Featured Poet – Tafazul Mattoo

Tafazul is an engineering student from Kashmir who loves to draw and write. His poetry is so very interesting to read. You can find more of his work at his blog, here.

Not sure if he should begin,
frightened about the endings.
He dipped his brush in the air filled with melancholy,
painting his chaos on her heart.
She followed the chaos.

Lucerne lights

its a labyrinth

that is what she thought
only frightened about the beginnings,
but they both were stuck in a maze

at different dead ends.

_Tafazul Mattoo


I am including another link to a poem of Tafazul’s here as it is definitely worth a read!

Ju – Lyn is celebrating with lots of luscious imagery here –

Manja took us on a trip to Trieste –

Amanda at Penpunt writes bilingually in Afrikaans and English, with her poem thatΒ  makes readers think more deeply about the back story of conflict in her submission. A must read.

Jolene from So much to Tell you shines a light amongst the shadows with her poem here


If you have written a poem in July and would like a link included here, please leave a comment.

August Poetry Prompt posted next week here and on



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18 thoughts on “Poetry Challenge Roundup for July”

        1. Hi Pam, you know that is what this challenge is all about! People who are not poets giving it a go. The quality is not as important as the feeling and tone of the poem!! I would love for you to give it a try. We have contributors that have never written poetry before and fun prompts like photos or a song on the radio, or opening a book and picking a word from a page, so the hard job of getting the topic inspiration is partly done for us.

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