The Bicycle: A Poem (Villanelle form) – W3 Prompt #58: Wea’ve Written Weekly

Braden’s prompt guidelines
Write: A) sonnet, OR: B) villanelle on the theme of: an animal, plant, or object, describing its qualities or what can be learned from it.

The bicycle wheels turn round and round
getting you further away from the world
Leaving no trace, not even a sound

New adventures with stories abound
the distance bringing you closer together
The bicycle wheels turn round and round

Treasures lost by others are found
in places most unexpected to be
Leaving no trace, not even a sound

Passing by homes, cars, and a hound
a blurry sight as you race quickly by
The bicycle wheels turn round and round

The winner of the race will soon be crowned
For everyone has their own finish line
Leaving no trace, not even a sound

There is a world to be discovered
if only you put yourself forward to find it
The bicycle wheels turn round and round
Leaving no trace, not even a sound.

#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 323, 6/6/2023

  • From the chart: choose a color and use the color in your syllabic poem.Also: Choose ONE word from the descriptions under the color you chose, and add it to your syllabic poem.Remember, if you write a freestyle poem, please include a syllabic form along with it.
  • Mangos – Tanka Poetry

    Red-ripe mangos hang
    In a tree full of treasure
    Hoping they will fall
    Strength of the tree gives me life
    A reminder to grow free

    ©2023 CBialczak

    I wrote this because there are three trees, in different yards, that I walk by in the mornings. The trees are so full of ripe mangos and I yearn to jump up and grab them or bring back a broom and whack them out of the trees. I don’t know the owners so I won’t be doing either but there is so much there it pains me to watch them go to waste. A few months ago, in a different yard, there was a tree full of grapefruit. I wish I could pick any of them. If my fruit trees start to grow so much fruit I will put it out by my mailbox to share with others for free.

    WordPress Question of the Day

    Daily writing prompt
    Do you remember your favorite book from childhood?

    I have always remembered The Secret Garden because I love the idea of secret places. I have this part of me that wishes I would find hidden doors or secret passages. I think this is one of the things that makes me drawn to old Victorian homes or homes considered “haunted” because I think of secret passageways, hidden spaces, or anything secret.

    This is the edition I had:

    WordPress Question of the Day

    Daily writing prompt
    List three books that have had an impact on you. Why?
    1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
      I used two of his quotes in the short speech I gave when presenting the scholarship to honor my son.
      I just find him so inspirational
    2. The Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury
      The irony of it gets me every single time I read it!
    3. Flowers in the Attic
      This was one of the first books I read that was…I don’t know what word to put…it wasn’t your typical fiction novel. I was amazed at the writing and the story itself.

    Poetics: Quality Poems – Craftsmanship


    Craftsmanship is taking many small things that might not seem so great to make one great thing that is fantastic

    Craftsmanship is looking at masters and wishing you could do things exactly the way they do

    Craftsmanship is seeing an image in your head and making it a real object in your life

    Craftsmanship is anything that is created that wasn’t there before, whether others like it or not, because you made it

    Craftsmanship is having faith in yourself and your abilities, knowing that all your effort does pay off in the finished product

    ©2023 CBialczak

    Simply 6 minutes- Navy… Dog?

    Doggie’s self story


    1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
    2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
    3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
    4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
    5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
    6. Have fun, challenge…

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    From the Hood

    Doggie in the hood

    A Unique Title For Me

    A hat can provide sun protection which will make your dog more comfortable on a sunny day.  I named him Bradley Pooper after the socks that are made in Ft. Payne, Alabama.  I originally put this hat on my dog just for fun, but he really likes wearing it and he enjoys pretending that he’s some homie from the hood.  We live in Paradise Cove, a rich neighborhood in Malibu and he has never been near the hood, but he thinks he is a gangsta.  As I walk him through the valley of the shadow of death, we pass other dogs and he treats all of them like they are punks.  I can’t live a normal life with Bradley Pooper, because he acts like he was raised on the street.

    Written for Simply 6 Minutes hosted by Christine Bialczak.

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    No More Pictures

    The ending will make you smile

    Writer Ravenclaw

    This week from

    Look, I get you think I look cool in this woolly contraption, but enough of the pictures already. I mean, all that time taking perfect pictures, when all I want to do is go outside. A run in the park. Is that too much to ask for all this performance?

    Does it have to be green, like, what are you trying to prove. I remember Christmas, and all those Santa hats. Don’t get me started for Halloween. I do not look good with horns and a spikey tail.

    Oh, and another thing, I do not like being with the cats.

    Last year, they scratched my tail so bad, I was throwing up for a week. Please, just let me be a dog. I don’t ask for much. Two walks a day, preferably off lead, in the big park. Treats, like that big deer leg you brought…

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