Since we skipped last week’s challenge for the Carrot Ranch Double Ennead Poetry Challenge, we’ll combine two challenges this week!

You can choose the Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt provided by Trent McDonald, or you can choose the #SynonymsOnly challenge using the words “MOVE & MAKE” provided by David Ellis.

OR… You can do both! It’s up to you


Here are the two poems submitted to the Carrot Ranch Double Ennead Poetry Challenge that were done for done for fun!

You remember the Double Ennead was 99 syllables long, with three stanzas of 6/5/11/6/5 syllable count. The tricky part was choosing the five consecutive words from the poem, “The Springtime Plains,” by Charles Badger Clark, that had to be used in the following order in one of the stanzas:

  1. Line 1 starts with word 1
  2. Line 2 ends with word 2
  3. Line 3 starts with word 3
  4. Line 4 ends with word 4
  5. Line 5 starts with word 5

The first poem is from Jules:

"Professional Courtesy Implied"

(*five consecutive words “Watching me pass with impish” 1st Stanza)

Watching the world go by
alone tis just me
Pass to the right or left at this forest fork
just my lonesome self with
Impish grin, I dance

I stole a hot cross bun
From the bakery
Will the baker notice the shamrock I left?
I think it was fair trade
Breakfast for some luck

If he would have some faith
His luck might just turn
Then perhaps his pastries wouldn’t scorch or burn
Too much time complaining
‘Bout his early hours


The next poem is from Padre:

"Dusty Wind"

‘is blown from the sky’ from “The Springtime Plains,” by Charles Badger Clark

Is that the dusty wind
that from West has blown?
From places turbulent and forlorn it comes.
My mood darkens as the
sky is thus obscured.

Dust, my dry nostrils fill.
Sand gets in my eyes.
So fine is the powder, that I cannot block
its bite, no matter how
I might dodge or try.

Lord, let this wind die down.
Let the sun return.
I would rather sweat and have a sunburned face,
than my mouth filled with sand.
Lord, it’s in your hand.

©2020 Padre's Ramblings

I want to say a HUGE bravo, for Jules and Padre for attempting this new syllabic form. Well done, to both of you! Many thanks to everyone else who entered the Carrot Ranch Poetry Challenge.

On the Monday before the next challenge, I will pick a poem from this week’s challenge and share it on my blog. Whoever I pick will choose the photo for next month’s challenge! Email your selection to me at a week before the challenge. Please include the photo credit and the link to the photographer. Thank you!

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet (click the link below):

Click HERE

Here are some impressive sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables:

A simple yet powerful syllable counter for poems and text which will count the total number of syllables and number of syllable per line for poems like haikus, limericks, and more. 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

I don't get it


  • Write a poem using a form of your choice: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, Nonet, and Shadorma.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink).
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.
  • Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name, and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.

Follow the schedule listed below:

Don't forget

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Gogyohka, #Tanka, #TankaProse, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

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So, who wants to have fun and write some poetry?


  1. Congratulations to Jules and Padre. Gorgeous poems! Great photo selection provided by Trent. Thanks!
    Thank you for another lovely challenge, Sis! Have a fabulous Friday and weekend! ❤ xo

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        1. Me too! It’s very hard living in AZ. I have hopes that it will lean bluer than its been in the past. We’re seriously discussing moving back to Montana. Less people, no 117 degree heat, and it’s cheaper to live. I sold a bunch of old furniture we lugged around for years. It feels freeing to find you don’t need all the things you thought you needed. LOL! Let’s keep beaming good thoughts into the universe. What we reflect we get. That’s my new motto. ❤

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