Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars | Theme Prompt, No. 179: Shakespeare Quote


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Merril D. Smith did something a little different this week. She selected a quote from Shakespeare for our theme prompt:

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

I know some of you saw Shakespeare and said… “No way! I’m outta here!” Did you think the quote was challenging? Yes? Well, that’s good! We all need a challenge. That’s why we’re here.

When you step back from the quote and read the words for what they are, you get a sense of the theme. Goodness, light, good deeds, the Golden Rule, all of these themes came to mind for me. However, our perceptions of the quote don’t have to be as literal as Shakespeare’s words. There’s also the theme of salvation, or deliverance that comes to mind.

Here are only a few of the poems that stuck with me:

Random Acts – Padre’s Ramblings

Theme Prompt – Anita Dawes

Theme Prompt – Ritu

Random Acts of Kindness – Sally Cronin

The Merchant of Venice – Vashti Q. Vega (get a rundown of the entire play)

Yet, Pat R’s Gogyohka, “This Cloud” took my breath away. It is through Pat’s eyes that we catch a glimpse of a world in chaos. The last line of her poem shines the light on the future giving us hope that the next generation can fix what we’ve been unable to do. Fingers crossed.

This Gogyohka is powerful. The last line or pivot is unexpected. It grabs you!

Congratulations, Pat, it’s your turn to pick the theme for next month’s challenge. Please Email me your choice at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com before next month’s challenge.

Image Credit: Pat R

this cloud, generations old
cavalier cruelty has me bawling again
in search of air I walk to the park
no sign of the sun
yet, a toddler chases butterflies

©5/28/2020 Pat R

source: https://thoughtsandentanglements.wordpress.com/2020/05/28/this-cloud/

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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  1. Signed up!
    Beautiful verse by Pat, and thank YOU for the mention 💜

  2. You have just made Anita’s day, Colleen. Thank you…

  3. Hi Colleen, I have a question, for the theme do we have to use the whole quote or can we take off a few words and base our poems on that?

  4. Beautiful work from everyone. I have signed up for the newsletter.💜🌹

  5. I’m glad people enjoyed the prompt. Nicely done, all!

  6. Congratulations to Pat! Well done, all. There was great variety in the responses. (K)

  7. Congrats to all. Some wonderful emotional poetry this week <3

  8. Hi Colleen I did confirm my newsletter Link but I am not sure if it worked can you you confirm if it did or not. Have a good day 💜💜💜

  9. Thanks very much for the mention Colleen and Pat’s gogyohka is fabulous…♥♥

  10. Great poem by Pat and all the other pieces too, it was a very engaging theme.

  11. Pat’s Gogyohka is such a perfect expression of where we are in this moment in time–in just a few short breaths!

  12. An excellent Gogyokha! And Shakespeare was a hard prompt, too!

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