A to Z 2013 : OLIVE BRANCH

(An A to Z 2013 Challenge Entry)

Olive Branch

From the past you come forth with the offerings of peace.
Let bygones be bygones, we can be friends at the least.
Did I think it was impossible after all of the years
Through the hardships, fears, and waterfall tears.
It may be hard knowing that I’m still so far
But let’s not forget why we are where we are
Choices were made, consequences will be met
Giving things time would be your best bet

There’s no need for rhymes for our story is no fairytale
Nor a children’s book or love song
But the love is still there as it will always be
The place in our hearts where the others still beats
Regardless of time and the pain interlacing
Connections remain true, forever both a curse and a blessing

At this time we both know boundaries have been broken
While respect should be met at the cost of one’s good intentions
Self love is the key to everyone’s salvation
Seclusion a trick of our mind’s disillusion
Train always your heart, body, and soul
In the end you’ll be free and once again find yourself whole

A to Z 2013 : END

(An A to Z 2013 Challenge Entry)

On top of Camp NaNoWriMo and the A to Z Challenge, it is also National Poetry Month. While I’m sure there are a handful of other events taking place, these three have been the most prominent for me. So far the A to Z Challenge is chugging along, but I’ve not yet dabbled in Camp NaNoWriMo; my meager 10k word goal.

As for poetry? Not my cup of tea. However, my blog meanderings have left me inspired to partake in some. While I know deep inside this is a terrible, terrible idea — on par with skydiving without a parachute — I just can’t seem to help myself.

While roaming the A to Z participant list, I came across a handful of blogs that I decided to follow. One of these was Rebeccah Writes (also one of my Liebster Award nominees). Her theme this month is Oulipo poetry. It is a form of poetry that, from my understanding, uses a variety of constraints in order to challenge creative boundaries.

The first example for “A” was Acronymic poetry. Now I couldn’t find a whole lot about this online, and what I did find seemed to be different. Perhaps I wasn’t searching correct terminology. I don’t know.  Either way, I’m going by the example she provided being it seemed like a lot of fun.

The constraint for this is: Each letter in the title furnishes the initials of the words in each line.

She offered the example of Fear. So each line would be 4 words long; the first beginning with the letter F, second E, third A, and the fourth word “R”

This is the constraint I decided to explore with. Mind you, I don’t write poetry — the last time being in kindergarten — while the words are specific, there is little rhyme (or reason... couldn’t resist), and tenses thrown to the wind. I’d like to think there is a story in there. Somewhere. Deep. That’s what I’ll tell myself to help me sleep at night.

Okay, okay... on with the show! I present to you:


Each new day
Engage numerous dimensions
Escape normality disenchantment
Everyday nothings discarded
Encapsulated nevermore, detainless
Endings never determined
Each new day
Eviscerate notions demanding
Enthralling neurotic derailments
Ego’s narcissistic delusion
Eventual negative deluge
Each new day
Ethereal nomadic divulging
Extraordinary news describing
Evils noticed decomposing
Each new day
Entrancing, nature’s domain
Eternal, never dying
Each new day
Endless navigational doorways
Each new day

And there it is. My first — and possibly last — poem in ages. I can dig it. Can you dig it?

I also wanted to link another blogger Average Poet, another of my nominees, who has chosen a poetry theme for this months challenge.

I’d highly recommending checking out both blogs! They have some great stuff up!

Do you write poetry? Do you have a favorite poet/poem? If so, who/which? Have you ever heard of Oulipo poetry?