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Poetry Challenge and Entries for March

Fellow blogger and writer from New Zealand, Ineke from and myself, Amanda from Something to Ponder About, are jointly hosting a 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.

Below are links and snippets of March’s wonderful Poetry entries. 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.





Poetry Entries for March

Take a trip through Poetry around the World. Browsing the entries will take you to Australia, South Africa, Slovenia, Denmark, India and Pakistan to read this month’s contributions to the A and I Bilingual Poetry Challenge.

  1. Ineke’s poem whispers in the mist –
  2. Hester has written a beautiful Haiku of transient moments –
  3. Gerard from  writes about politics and war. You will find it posted in the comments of my challenge poetry challenge post.
  4. Eliza gave us a lovely reminder to be more accepting of our dearest ones –
  5. Amanda has a different take on friendship in hard times –
  6. Manja celebrated World Poetry Day with a poem about belonging and love –
  7. My contribution is about the potentials in life  –
  8. For a young poet, Tanya has some salient words for everyone –
  9. Melvin tells us about the way surprising strength in everyday things –


“You told me not to be sad three times.

Does sea-sick mean to be sick of the sea?” – ManjaMexi


Would you like to join in this month?

  • Write and post a poem in any language you wish, during the month of April, 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.
  • The topic can be one of your choosing, however if you want to try a fun prompt, the suggestion for April will be posted on Something to Ponder About,  tomorrow, Monday 2nd April, 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.


    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!

    Let us build a Poetry Community in WordPress.

    And if you haven’t had enough poetry yet, there is NaPoWriMo 


    Something to ponder about



Poetry Day 3: Trust, Acoustic and Internal Rhymes

Internal rhyme in a an acrostic poem about trust…. ahh… that is difficult. Yet that is just what the assignment from Writing 201 dished out. Finding no joy in rhymes about trust, it was so much easier to rhyme about the lack of trust and use it as an end rhyme. But it is dark, so you have been warned….


Two, but one, invisible threads.

Remaining connected, unspoken pacts.

Under the layers of life, we did not yield.

Secrets stayed buried, no need to tell, just

true respect, without fear or expectation.


The Absence of TRUST

Tough and brutal, go it alone,

Rip it away, suspicions grown,

Ugly fears, not part of me.

Separate, disconnected, a show of strength, maybe?

Tormented, not strong, no happiness, you see?



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