The 2017 Mercy Academy Iron Writer Challenge – Round 2

The 2017 Mercy Academy Iron Writer Challenge Round 2 The Writers: Logan B., Kalei M., Mallory K., Meghan W., Kelsie M. The Elements: The main character apologies without using the words ‘apologize’, ‘regret’ or ‘sorry’. Two truths about you that few may or may not know. One lie about you. Smarter Than A Fifth Grader Logan … Read more

The Iron Writer Challenge #183 – 2017 Spring Equinox Challenge #4

The Iron Writer Challenge #183 2017 Spring Equinox Challenge #4 500 Words, 5 Days, 4 Elements The Authors: Dani J. Caile, Danielle Lee Zwissler, Sinawo Bukani, Sean Bracken, Tony Jaeger The Elements: A music stand,  a blue feather duster, an antique gold photo frame, a minor catastrophe Mad Mary Sean Bracken “You’re a cheeky chappie, … Read more

The Iron Writer Challenge #182 – 2017 Spring Equinox Challenge #3

The Iron Writer Challenge #182 2017 Spring Equinox Challenge #3 500 Words, 5 Days, 4 Elements The Authors: E. Chris Garrison, Bobby Salomons, M. D. Pitman, Vance Rowe, Josh Flores The Elements: A lying national media cable TV anchorman (real or fictional) Global warming A crystal ball A small snowblower Doing Something About the Weather … Read more

The Mercy Academy 2017 Iron Writer Challenge

The 2017 Mercy Academy Iron Writer Challenge The Writers: Beth T., Kalei M., Taylor L., Riley M., Jordyn S. Mallory K., Natasha N., Logan B., Sarah M., Kelsie M. Julianne W., Meghan W., Shelby S., Brianna B., Maggie H. Kara K., Abby A., Abby J., Star A. The Elements: A pumpkin Bubble Wrap A cat on a leash Start with the sentence “And I thought you were…” Untitled Beth T. “And … Read more

The Iron Writer Challenge #181 – 2017 Spring Equinox Challenge #2

The Iron Writer Challenge #181 2017 Spring Equinox Challenge #2 500 Words, 5 Days, 4 Elements The Authors: Keith Badowski, Malissa Greenwood, C Rose Lange The Elements: Puppy Love Bubble gum Playing with fire Velvet gloves Beneath the Glove Keith Badowski Despite the agony of her chronic pain, Ally Chase felt relieved as Web scurried … Read more

The Iron Writer Challenge #180 – 2017 Spring Equinox Challenge #1

The Iron Writer Challenge #180 2017 Spring Equinox Challenge #1 500 Words, 5 Days, 4 Elements The Authors: Danielle Lee Zwissler, Paul Arden Lidberg, Matt Henderson, Mamie Pound The Elements: Monkey bars on a school playground Working through a cold No sleep for days Carrying a baby   One and Only Danielle Lee Zwissler I … Read more

Iron Poet #29

Iron Poet #29 Style / Meter: Free verse Theme / Keyword: You are a tree. Tell me what you see. Leaving ~ Wes Choc Sprouting lean …I boldly shouted green But no one up-there heard a word lest such unfolding was even seen Until once, three winters hence, shiny green grew bark …dark …gently, intently … Read more

Iron Poet #28

Iron Poet #28 Style/Meter: Free verse Theme / Keyword: Gateway, door, portal, opening – something that one must pass through to start anew. The keyword does not have to be used, but if it is not, the theme must be recognizable. Closing Doors ~ Wes Choc Womb navigated My frantic weepings heard… Eager little arms … Read more

Iron Poet #27

Iron Poet #27 Style / Meter: Haiku Theme / Keyword: Bleak   ~ Matt Henderson I watched a crow land to dot my mind’s cold canvas gray tree; grayer sky — ~ D Lee Cox Sun over brown hills bleak winter paints mountains gray spring dreams deeply still — ~ Johnna Murphy Ice upon the … Read more

Iron Poet #26

Iron Poet #26 Theme / Keyword: Ditty Style / Meter: Jingle Poem The word “ditty” must be used, or a recognized version of it at least. Santa’s Secret Sale 5122016 ~ Nerisha Kemraj This is an itty-bitty ditty To tell a little tale About how Father Christmas participated In the Toy store Christmas sale The … Read more

Iron Poet #25

Iron Poet #25 Meter / Style: Freeverse Keyword / Theme: stochasticity (look it up!) Any version of the word stochastic may be used or an Iron Poet may chose to use the definition thematically. Ode to Stochasticity ~ Sean Bracken Big Bang Bursting From nothing to reality All is all and all is nothing Coalescence … Read more

Iron Poet #24

Iron Poet #24 Meter / Style: Iambic Pentameter. No more than 16 lines (4 stanzas of 4 lines) Theme / keyword: Soft Any version of the word “soft” may be used. Moonlight Soft ~ Sean Bracken Feet. Feet on the floor. Cold penetrating Ice. Having all power over nature Urges. Compelling my progression Ease. Release … Read more

Iron Poet #23

Iron Poet #23 Style / Meter: Free verse Theme / Keyword: superstition The word “superstition” does not have to be used, but if used as a theme it must be obvious. untitled ~ D Lee Cox momma makes a potion bug juice and calamine lotion in a peculiar motion to ward away a demonic notion … Read more

Iron Poet #22

Haiku Humpday Meter / Style: Haiku Theme / Keyword: Ashes Loss ~ Sean Bracken Over the ashes of a now ruined city The moon looked down with no pity At the loss of all mankind’s humanity — Nerisha Kemraj Fire burning light Golden Leaves all crunch beneath Ashes, on feet — Matt Henderson incense–sweet smoke … Read more

Iron Poet #21

Iron Poet #21 Style / Meter: Limerick Theme / Keyword: Über The word “Über” must be used – it does NOT have to refer to the car ride service. fall out ~D. Lee Cox such sweet and cool autumn weather my pores can fondly remember so its uber upsetting as i sit here sweating on … Read more

The Iron Writer Challenge #179 – 2016 Annual Championship

The Iron Writer Challenge #179 2016 Summer Solstice Challenge Championship 500 Words, 5 Days, 4 Elements The Authors: Alis Van Doorn, Mamie Pound, Dani J. Caile, Daniel J. Sanz, Tina Biscuit The Elements: Halloween Night Apostrophe as an literary device An orchard (you must state the type of orchard: apple, pear, peach, etc) Metal doors on a … Read more

Iron Poet #20

Iron Poet #20 In light of Bob Dylan’s recent Nobel Prize, let us honor him as only Iron Poets should. Take one verse from a Bob Dylan song and write a verse that mimics the theme and meter of that verse. For The Times They are a Changin’ ~ Bob Dylan Come gather ’round people … Read more

Iron Poet #19

Iron Poet #19 Theme: Limerence Style: Freestyle Limit 36 lines “Yummy” ~ D Lee Cox I smell you I feel you I see you I hear you but I’ve not tasted you Yet — “Straight Jacket” ~ Violet Teagan you hang in the back, beside a feathered dress, grazing my pink suede boots threadbare and … Read more

Iron Poet #18

Iron Poet #18 – Haiku Hijack Meter / Style: Haiku Theme: Image above Megan Cypress “The Lonely Path” All alone I sat, Waiting in the dark, cold night, For someone to come — Michael Cottle “Dark Light” path goes on and on dark light tempts me and I rest still too cold to sit — … Read more

The Iron Writer Challenge #178 – 2016 Autumn Equinox Championship

The Iron Writer Challenge #178 2016 Summer Solstice Challenge Championship Preliminary Round 500 Words, 5 Days, 4 Elements The Authors: Tina Biscuit, Ong Sze Teng, Michael Cottle, Mamie Pound  The Elements: An old family recipe A trough An electric fence Banty chickens Not the Crumbs Ong Sze Teng The fine red head rose sleepily, confusion crossing his … Read more

The Iron Writer Challenge #177, 2016 Autumn Equinox Championship, Preliminary Round

The Iron Writer Challenge #177 2016 Autumn Equinox Challenge Championship Preliminary Round 500 Words, 5 Days, 4 Elements  The Elements: A kid playing a banjo to a dog Bullying  A limit A life in danger The Brackets: Richard North Patterson Bracket Mamie Pound, Geoff Gore, Phil Blailkock, Alis Van Doorn Linda Fairstein Bracket D. Lee Cox, Amy … Read more

The Iron Writer Challenge #177, 2016 Autumn Equinox Challenge Championship Preliminary Round, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg Bracket

The Iron Writer Challenge #177 2016 Autumn Equinox Challenge Championship Preliminary Round Nancy Taylor Rosenberg Bracket 500 Words, 5 Days, 4 Elements  The Elements: A kid playing a banjo to a dog Bullying  A limit A life in danger Nancy Taylor Rosenberg Bracket Maureen Larter, Michael Cottle, Bobby Salomons, Dani J. Caile The Double Act Dani … Read more

The Iron Writer Challenge #177, 2016 Autumn Equinox Challenge Championship Preliminary Round, Arthur Train Bracket

The Iron Writer Challenge #177 2016 Autumn Equinox Challenge Championship Preliminary Round Arthur Train Bracket 500 Words, 5 Days, 4 Elements  The Elements: A kid playing a banjo to a dog Bullying  A limit A life in danger The Brackets: Arthur Train Bracket Tina Biscuit, Vance Rowe, Malissa Greenwood, Jacob Stalvey O’Neil Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Banjo … Read more

The Iron Writer Challenge #177, 2016 Autumn Equinox Challenge Championship Preliminary Round, Linda Fairstein Bracket

The Iron Writer Challenge #177 2016 Autumn Equinox Challenge Championship Preliminary Round Linda Fairstein Bracket 500 Words, 5 Days, 4 Elements  The Elements: A kid playing a banjo to a dog Bullying  A limit A life in danger Linda Fairstein Bracket D. Lee Cox, Amy Kasim, Matt Henderson, SzeTeng Ong Introduction to Wim Meeks – A … Read more

The Iron Writer Challenge #177, 2016 Autumn Equinox Challenge Championship Preliminary Round, Richard North Patterson Bracket

The Iron Writer Challenge #177 2016 Autumn Equinox Challenge Championship Preliminary Round 500 Words, 5 Days, 4 Elements  The Elements: A kid playing a banjo to a dog Bullying  A limit A life in danger The Brackets: Richard North Patterson Bracket Mamie Pound, Geoff Gore, Phil Blaiklock, Alis Van Doorn Deserted Life with Stars Mamie Pound The … Read more