The Challenge: Poem Prompt #3  December 10, 2014 - December 14, 2014

Contest Completed


Challenge #3: First Place - Seven Shades of Blue
Challenge #3: Second Place - [writing deleted]
Challenge #3: Third Place - ill make sure you remember me


among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.

I was of three minds
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.

A man and a woman
Are one.
A man and a woman and a blackbird
Are one.

I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.

Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the blackbird
Crossed it, to and fro.
The mood
Traced in the shadow
An indecipherable cause.

O thin men of Haddam
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the blackbird
Walks around the feet
Of the women about you?

I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.

When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles.

At the sight of the blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply

He rode over Connecticut
In a glass coach
Once, a fear pierced him,
In that he mistook
The shadow of his equipage
For blackbirds.

The river is moving.
The blackbird must be flying

In was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the ceder-limbs."
- Thirteen Was of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens
Alright guys! I know it's a long one but I believe in you. If you've made it this far then good job - read on...

The Challenge: Create your own 'thirteen ways of looking at _________" poem
-Must be between (5) and (13) ways
-Must be organized like the prompt or in a similar way POEMS WITH ONE LONG STANZA WILL BE IGNORED. Split it up so I can clearly see that your 'ways' are separate
-No mature writing (i.e. swearing or sexual references). I don't want to read it. Submit it, by all means, but don't expect to win, and don't be surprised if you get my therapy bill in your mail.

Good luck guys! I'm super excited to read these! I might write one myself....


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A Scribbler Named Bek
A Scribbler Named Bek
That one that has snow in the winter. And the spring. And the fall, UT


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Created Dec 10, 2014