Iron Poet Challenge #37

Iron Poet Challenge # 37 Poetic Form: Cinquain Theme/Prompt: Evanescence Unlaced Mamie Willoughby Pound Altair, unlace my wings whisper your dark, sweet tale while magpies cry in the black night for us Heartbreak Nerisha Kemraj Night comes the sun is gone just as she has left me alone, vulnerable, empty I weep Hide It Maureen … Read more

Iron Poet Challenge #36

  Iron Poet Challenge #36 Poetic Form: Double Acrostic Writers:  Moira McArthur, Matt Henderson, Maureen Larter, Nerisha Kemraj Paddock Theater Maureen Larter Patches of dirt And grass, green and lush, Dotted with cattle. Distance giving the area Opalescent patterns of bright Colour, spots all over. Keeping my imagination alive. *** A Poem of Paean M. … Read more

Iron Poet Challenge #35

  Iron Poet Challenge #35 Poetic Form:  Haiku Theme/Prompt: Anticipation A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. Writers: Nerisha Kemraj, Michael Cottle, Wes Choc, Maureen Larter, Mamie Willoughby Pound, M. Henderson … 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

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

Iron Poet #17

Iron Poet #17 Theme: A stinging insect to its victim Meter: Free verse No more than 36 lines! Philosophy Embraced – J. Jack Sweitzer With pride, I withdraw. The barb that defines my being still wet, dripping with poison. My existence brings death. On Being a Bee – Wes Choc Wasn’t my idea … I’m … Read more

Iron Poet #16

Iron Poet #16 Meter\Style: Limerick Keyword\Theme: Elvis The word “Elvis” MUST be used! Johnna Murphy An old woman, quite overzealous was a rather big fan of Elvis So she gave it a fling tried to dance like the King and ended up hurting her pelvis Brian Rogers Now there goes a old man they call … Read more

Iron Poet #13

  Iron Poet #13   Style: Catalog Poem Theme: The poem must tell a story through the listed items.   Brian Rogers I Will Never Be the Same Hello I say with boundless shame, A first time father, his heart aflame. I smiled again and speak her name And I will never be the same … Read more

Iron Poet #11

  Iron Poet #11 Style / Meter: Haiku Theme / Keyword: Back to school Johnna Murphy School bus doors woosh shut I pour myself a coffee Morning peace returns   Mary Fletcher No more sleeping in. The bus winds down busy streets. New notebooks for all!   Matt Henderson endless summer fades– pretty girl in … Read more

Iron Poet #10

Iron Poet #10 Style / Meter: Limerick Theme / Keyword: Honk Any form of the word “honk”, synonyms, concepts, etc. may be used. D. Lee Cox “Livi’s Pug” Olivia had a pug who went by the name of Lulu Livi gave her a bonk Lulu snarted a honk Now Livi’s covered in dog goo Olvia … Read more

Iron Poet #9

Iron Poet #9 Style / Meter: Ode Theme / Keyword: your favorite musicians instrument The Iron Poet will judge and adhere to the parameters of an Ode set forth in the link above. Explanation of Theme: Your favorite musician – rock, country, classical, etc, – and the instrument they play most. Create and write an … Read more

Iron Poet #8

Iron Poet #8 Style / Meter: Nursery Rhyme Theme / Keyword: sweet The word “sweet” itself does not have to be used. Any form of the word, synonyms, concepts, etc. may be used. The Iron Poet will allow thematic reference as opposed to the use of the actual keyword. The Iron Poet understands the style … Read more

Iron Poet #7

Iron Poet #7: Haiku Humpday! Meter / Style: Haiku Theme / keyword: rust The word “rust” itself does not have to be used. Any form of the word, synonyms, concepts, etc. may be used. The Iron Poet will allow thematic reference as opposed to the use of the actual keyword. Matt Henderson Ulster–sculptor’s bride girded … Read more

Iron Poet #6

Iron Poet #6 Style / Meter: Any Theme / Keyword: from the point of view of a warriors weapon In honor of upcoming American Independence Day celebrations (July 4th), Iron Poet contemplates what it takes to become, and stay, free. Freedom, most often, is won by the sword. Iron Poet would like to free the … Read more