Invitation to Poetry

Although every now and then I dabble in poetry I must admit it is not my strong suit. Generally what I write is a bit whimsical with no deep thoughts connected to it. I admire those who create beauty with their words. After coming off a month long challenge of writing something every day I had no desire to spend the next 30 days writing a poem a day, so I am not.

However, I am challenging myself to write a poem every Tuesday for SOL. What kind and how successful I am remains to be seen.

Friend and fellow slicer Carol Varsalona issued an invitation last week in her post for people to write a poem and submit it to her for her Poetryliscious Gallery. In case you didn’t see Carols invitation here is the link for it: I am sure there is a better way to insert this link but I admit I don’t know how to do it.

With Carol’s permission I am extending her invitation to all who read my post. I am sure that if you participated in and read posts during the March challenge you came across many formats you think you would like to try and I am sure some of them were poetry formats. Why not give it a try and submit a poem to Carol?

Knowing my style of writing Carol suggested I try writing a doditsu. I admit I wasn’t quite sure what the format was so I did some research. It sounded like something I might be able to do so I gave it a shot. Here is what I came up with. I hope it fits the pattern and I hope you will join me in submitting a poem to Carol for her gallery. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

The skies opened up; rain fell.

Drenching all who ventured out.

Rivers flowing down the streets.

Nature’s birdbath filled.

The skies opened up; rain fell.
Drenching all who ventured out.
Rivers flowing down the streets.
Nature’s birdbath filled.


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18 responses to “Invitation to Poetry

  1. Trish

    Thanks for the invitation—forwarded though it may be. I’m writing poems in my notebook this month, working my way through different forms, too insecure to publish, but just maybe…I love the sound of “ventured” and “drenched” together. The last line shines, like the puddle reflecting the sky. Lovely.

    • Hope you do accept the invitation and submit something. Believe me, as you can see form what I write, I am no great poet, but I will still submit something.

  2. A lovely succinct ode to rain.
    “Nature’s birdbath refilled” I liked that line.

  3. I am also writing poetry in my notebook this year. I like this format you’ve used today and think you’ve crafted a lovely poem that captures spring rain.

  4. How generous of you to devote your blog to promoting Carol’s challenge, which I’ve been thinking about this week. Carol is a prolific and gifted poet, and I see you’re channeling her creative spirit, too, i’m these lovely images of spring rain.

    Side note: The advertisements on your blog precluded me from commenting on my laptop. I had to switch to my phone to post a comment. I don’t know if this is something you can address but hope you will.

  5. Leigh Anne Eck

    Carol has such wonderful collections and yours will be an excellent addition! I love that last line, although we have had plenty of rain lately! I need to research that poem form as it is new to me.

  6. New one for me. I am adding this to my poetry bank!

  7. Book Dragon

    Thanks for the invitation. I am interested. Like you, I have the same sentiments coming off a month of SOLSC and then venturing forth in daily poetry. I made it my goal to write poems every Tuesday, and preferably in a style new to me. I never heard of a dodistu and am adding it to my list 🙂 Do you have any other forms of poetry that you recommend trying?

    • Please do send something to Carol for her gallery. As far as formats go a few years ago at NCTE I learned about sijo poems. Similar to haiku but with a twist in the last line. I have had some fun with them.

  8. Bob, I enjoyed your poem and already added it to my padlet to bloom with other poems. I hope to have a full-grown garden by the end of April. I want to thank you for writing about my invitation at your slice. It is so thoughtful of you to do so. Many thanks for your image poem, trying out a new format, and being a advertiser for the gallery.

  9. Glad to do it. Carol. Hope people respond and send you things for your gallery. Spring offers so much. There is so much fodder for the imaginative writer’s brain. I am sure your garden will grow and be in full bloom by the end of the month.

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