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Poetry Challenge

Updated on June 6, 2009

Taking the Challenge

Poetry Challenge

I used to write a lot of poetry, although I haven’t done so in a long time.  Sometimes, for the fun of it, I would pick certain words or have someone else pick the words and challenge one or more other people to write poems using the same words at least once in the poem.  It would be quite interesting to see all the different types of poems we could come up with.  Some times they would be quite comical.  Some times we would put a time limit on them or a number of lines limit.  I’m going to ask my husband now to randomly give me five words.  Let’s see what I can come up with.  By the way, he has no idea why I’m asking him for five random words.  Here goes.

“Table, chair, picture, fast-moving, mask”, were the words he gave me.

Here goes nothing.

Words Given To Me

All that was left

Of a lifetime,

All that was left

Was there.

A picture, a mask and a table

A few photographs and a chair.

I never suspected

It would come to this

I never imagined

It gone

I dreamt we would have


The life that we shared

Would go on.

In this fast-moving world

With it’s vigorous pace

We got swept in the currents

It brought

When we should have

Known better

And could have

Held on

Switched directions

Without even

A thought.

And now it’s

Gone past

Point of

No return

Never to get

It back

With memories


And many


The colors

Of life

Turned to black.


There’s my attempt.  Well, I never said it would be good.  This little lesson has sure taught me that I need to get back into the poetry mode and practice, practice, and more practice.  If at first you don’t succeed…? Try….try…again. 





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    • westernangel profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Hi. It's been a while since I've been on HubPages. Yes, I got your email a while back but not sure if I still have your address. I'll send you a note on HubPages. Keep Hubbing!

    • LarVak profile image


      8 years ago

      Sure! Did you receive the email I sent? If so, reply with specifics. Otherwise, drop me a line.

    • westernangel profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      LarVak, We should each try with the same five words...let me know if you're interested (not the ones used here but 5 different ones)

      Jess Killmenow - Thanks. Glad you liked it. I'll have to put some more up soon. Do you write poetry?

    • Jess Killmenow profile image

      Jess Killmenow 

      8 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      Please do write more poetry. I liked this and am eager to see your next!

    • LarVak profile image


      8 years ago

      Very nice - Excellent idea for an exercise.

      I'll have to try that sometime.

    • westernangel profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada


      I'm glad you enjoyed the poem. I'll put some more up soon. I'm glad you began writing poetry again. Put some on your Hubpages and I'll have to check them out :)

    • goodfriendiam profile image


      8 years ago

      I enjoyed this poem, to the point poetry. I to began to take up poetry once more. good luck. Dee

    • westernangel profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Canada

      I give up on the 5 words I found...let's give a go at another five words instead.

    • westernangel profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Canada

      DJseverns...I will open a book here called What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers...and type the five words that I point to all on different pages. Manlypoetryman are you up for the challenge? Here goes....Let's see what we can come up with...the five words are (drumroll please)

      convincing, invention, displayed, this (good finally an easy word), one

      Good luck

    • DJseverns profile image


      9 years ago

      Westernangel i think this is a great challenge.

      Would you give me 5 words so i could try it?


    • westernangel profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Canada

      Thanks manlypoetryman ... we'll have to challenge each other with a 5 word challenge one of these days. I enjoy your poetry. You are very talented.

    • manlypoetryman profile image


      9 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

      Well done...on the random "five words" given to you for this poem. That is a gift to be able to expound on a few words and turn them into something worthy of note...Liked this poem, westernangel...

    • westernangel profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Canada

      THanks Queen of the LInt..Maybe I'll get some more up on HubPages :)

      I always enjoy your hubs.

    • Queen of the Lint profile image

      Queen of the Lint 

      9 years ago from The Laundry Room

      I did like your poem. I think you should keep writing them, too!

    • westernangel profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Canada

      Hi urimidden and Charia.

      LOL, Actually we did get married but didn't live happily ever after (lol..until we got different partners), but did have three wonderful children out of the union. I'll have to take a look at your poems. Thanks for stopping by. Keep hubbing.

    • Charia Samher profile image

      Charia Samher 

      9 years ago

      Very nice of what you've come up with only five words to started it out. =)

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      9 years ago

      So you two got married and lived happily ever after right? LOL! It was fun reading so many short lines, although I have a very different style. I love the pic at the bottom. Hopefully for you it is near your home.


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