Best of Writing 201: Poetry (according to no one important)

The WordPress Writing 201: Poetry course is over. I’m sure to your relief, dear reader. I will return to regular programming shortly. In the meantime, I thought I would share a few of my favorites from other participants. Don’t worry. This poetry is better than mine. I did also include links to my responses in case you haven’t had a chance to subject yourself. So tell me. What was your favorite?

Day 1: Water, Haiku, Simileclear-ocean

My favorite: Endless Flow by Roaming at Large
My response: Salt in our wounds
Photo by Sonja Pieper (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Day 2: Journey, Limerick, Alliterationtoddler-pink-dress-dancing

My favorite: An Irish Journey (the middle one) by loveletterstoaghost
My response: Pretend writing poetry
Photo by Lauren Hammond (CC BY 2.0)

Day 3: Trust, Acrostic, Internal RhymeObama-Putin-awkward

My favorite: Buried. by Laura Gabrielle Feasey
My response: The joys of teamwork
Photo by Jedimentat44 (CC BY 2.0)

Day 4: Animal, Concrete Poem, Enjambmentants-rope-carrying-leaves

My favorite: An open letter to the Lock Ness Monster by Devious Bloggery
My response: The significance of ants and life
Photo by Airwolfhound (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Day 5: Fog, Elegy, MetaphorBay-Bridge-fog

My favorite: Elegy by {bloom}
My response: About a boy
Photo by cloud2013 (CC BY 2.0)

Day 6: Hero(ine), Ballad, Epistropheholy-Mary-mother-baby

My favorite: “Like Fireflies” – a ballad by The Moments Between
My response: The mother, the daughter and the holy
Photo by Nick (CC BY 2.0)

Day 7: Fingers, Prose Poem, Assonancepointing-finger

My favorite: Addiction (or What I Cannot Have) by loveletterstoaghost
My response: My own
Photo by James Theophane (CC BY 2.0)

Day 8: Drawer, Ode, Apostrophesock-drawer

My favorite: Sorting by Verse My Vice
My response: Daydreams
Photo by Rhonda (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Day 9: Landscape, Found Poem, EnumeratioFlood-Sign

My favorite: La Dolce Vita by As Twisted as Fretzels
My response: The adventure of change
Photo by Morien Jones (CC BY 2.0)

Day 10: Future, Sonnet, chiasmusWoman-Labor-Field

My favorite: Sweet Nothings and Chloe Lee by He said, “Tell me to stop and I’ll stop”
My response: Tomorrow’s rest
Photo by DaiLuo (CC BY 2.0)

Also worth a read

I should stress that picking my favorites was challenging. I had a hard time making up my mind. So you should also check out these great poems. It’s also worth noting that between writing everyday and, you know, THE REST OF LIFE, I had a minimal amount of time available for reading. So there’s a good chance I just didn’t even see some of the best ones. Sorry friends.

Haiku #13: Changes
Limericks aren’t my thing…
Unexpected Destination
human – or animal?
The hunted
Dusty Jars
No Recognition but Memory
A hesitant praise to the hero

Tomorrow’s rest


When finally all the work is done and silent.
I will submit to sleep, and I will rest.
When quiet are the thoughts that now are violent.
I will make peace with slumber’s sweet request.
At last when road is paved, I’ll still my feet.
I’ll stretch my limbs and close my weighted eyes.
I’ll coax my aching muscles to retreat.
When path is cleared of roots and tangled vines.
When past has gone to work and work to past.
And day is full of light and hope and dreams.
When no more drudge and toil can be asked.
I’ll cry relief in richly spilling streams.
But oh, this work keeps growing without end!
Always with me, my loyal, steady friend.

This was my response to Day 10: Future, Sonnet, Chiasmus.

Photo Credit: L1004601 by DaiLuo is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The adventure of change

I took a road trip in response to Day 9: Landscape, Found Poem, Enumeratio. It was an adventure…

Unexpected road
Flood caution
Crossing trucks, ducks
Swans and strong
Don’t even THINK of


Enlightening Sign by Mike Goren is licensed under CC BY 2.0


flood by Morien Jones is licensed under CC BY 2.0


Doesn’t that make it a road, and not a bike trail? by Carly Lesser & Art Drauglis is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0


 Rush Hour in Montana by Scott Robinson is licensed under CC BY 2.0


DANGER DUCKS & SWANS CROSSING by William Murphy is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0


Manly by Andrew Crump is licensed under CC BY 2.0


 Don’t even THINK of Parking here by Sunny Ripert is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0


change by m.a.r.c. is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0