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Here's Your Poetry Challenge #150 Let's See What You're Made Of
« on: October 29, 2017, 12:35:52 PM »
Your challenge is to write a personal praise poem. 

Please submit your entries to me by private message before or on November 22, 2017.

There are variations of praise poems written for kings, warriors, and legends. Thatís not what we are going for here. Our focus is based on a type of traditional, West African oral poetry that tells a story about you.  Before you head for the hills or put that roadblock between this page and your muse, please try to give this challenge a shot. Youíll be glad you did. Really, Iím not saying that so youíll enter the challenge. :P Praise poems can be liberating if you allow yourself the freedom to acknowledge your own strengths, which as a society isn't something we normally capitulate. Silence your inner critic and tap into the things you like about yourself then write them down. Be brave, embrace your truths and endearing quirks, and let your inner beast run free.

*Be sure to include a title.

Characteristics of a praise poem to include:

1. Your heritage or lineage; who are your ancestors, where is their origin or homeland, is there a famous relative or a hero of family legend, someone heroic only to you?

2. How tall are you? Your metaphorical and/or actual height

3. Your skin color; actual and/or a metaphor;  Try to include the color of your personality, what is it colored with or by?

4. Animal(s); compare your actions, habits, or personality to one or more.

5. Compare/associate with something in or a force of nature; describe actions/personality. What about you is overlooked/prevalent?

6. How do you walk in /navigate through this world?

7. Refer to a personal action, deed, skill, or accomplishment 

Click here for a succinct praise poem directive.


The people who participate but do not win this challenge must write a poem about or for the winner of the challenge. This can be in the form of a haiku, a limerick, concrete, or whatever. You will have two weeks from the day the winner is announced.

Note* If you avoid these challenges so you wonít get stuck with the tradition of running the following challenge, I, or some other volunteer will run it for you but you must come up with the challenge premise.

Most of all, have fun being creative!
~Deb
« Last Edit: November 25, 2017, 03:04:09 AM by fire-fly »
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A childís life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark. -Chinese proverb

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Re: Here's Your Poetry Challenge #150 Let's See What You're Made Of
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2017, 12:46:43 PM »
This links to an African Praise poem

This links to a teacher's worksheet for middle or high school kids but it is a decent tool for sharpening your metaphor and simile tools.
Click -> here <- for a useful writer's tool.


More to come. Stay tuned or stay tooned. It's up to you.

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A childís life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark. -Chinese proverb

Blondesplosion! ~Deb

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Re: Sticky: Here's Your Poetry Challenge #150 Let's See What You're Made Of
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2017, 03:12:37 PM »
This is a great idea. The whole thing. I hope you'll get plenty of entries. Mine for sure: I'm in urge for praise  ;)
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Re: Sticky: Here's Your Poetry Challenge #150 Let's See What You're Made Of
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2017, 04:04:59 AM »
Glad you like the idea Catherine. I look forward to receiving your entry.

Fingers crossed for several entries so the winner will get plenty of poems for fun and/or encouragement from the other entrants.
« Last Edit: November 02, 2017, 06:04:59 AM by DGSquared »
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx

A childís life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark. -Chinese proverb

Blondesplosion! ~Deb

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Re: Sticky: Here's Your Poetry Challenge #150 Let's See What You're Made Of
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2017, 11:26:37 PM »
Do we have to include all 7 characteristics? 
To live, with gentle but cunning deceit, and accept the consequences, is the destiny of every man.

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Re: Sticky: Here's Your Poetry Challenge #150 Let's See What You're Made Of
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2017, 02:35:53 AM »
Hi Drab. No, you do not have to include all of them but it makes it fun for the reader and more liberating for the writer if you do. Include whatever you like. Your entry will be gratefully received.

Thanks for your interest, Drab. I'm looking forward to reading more about you.  ;D

~Deb
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Re: Sticky: Here's Your Poetry Challenge #150 Let's See What You're Made Of
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2017, 09:16:03 AM »
Three entries so far. Thank you!

How about the rest of you? C'mon folks. Show us your true colors. I'm challenging you writers to s-t-r-e-t-c-h.


I will include all participants in a limerick of my own design.  ;D
Reduced to bribery.
There is nothing to fear here.

I'm looking forward to receiving your entries PM'd to me and will gladly extend the deadline if there are Nano writer's interested in participating and all of the current entrants are in agreement.

Thanks for your consideration.
~Deb
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Re: Sticky: Here's Your Poetry Challenge #150 Let's See What You're Made Of
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2017, 10:53:34 AM »
We now have 4 entries! The more the merrier.

If you have submitted one, please feel free to submit another poem. There are always gems to be discovered left unturned
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx

A childís life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark. -Chinese proverb

Blondesplosion! ~Deb

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Re: Sticky: Here's Your Poetry Challenge #150 Let's See What You're Made Of
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2017, 12:33:50 AM »
Letís get the voting up eh?
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Re: Sticky: Here's Your Poetry Challenge #150 Let's See What You're Made Of
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2017, 10:30:00 AM »
These contests are getting absurd. I reckon i will withdraw my poem, wasn't it extended to yesterday "end of day", which means the voting should be up now?
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Re: Sticky: Here's Your Poetry Challenge #150 Let's See What You're Made Of
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2017, 11:18:10 AM »
I'll get onto Deb
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Re: Sticky: Here's Your Poetry Challenge #150 Let's See What You're Made Of
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2017, 01:14:51 PM »
Please do so mate. I entered the last one but lost the poem because i posted directly into a pm.


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Re: Sticky: Here's Your Poetry Challenge #150 Let's See What You're Made Of
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2017, 09:25:26 AM »
La la la laaaaaa ??? ??? ???


I think it is logically time to stop contests. Few entries, the people who set them are not interested in them, for example where is the voting on this one?
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Re: Sticky: Here's Your Poetry Challenge #150 Let's See What You're Made Of
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2017, 02:17:19 PM »
V I have sent a message to Deb, real life must have her at the moment, she is usually pretty spot on
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Re: Sticky: Here's Your Poetry Challenge #150 Let's See What You're Made Of
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2017, 10:21:01 PM »
Deb is trying to get this poll up but MWC is throwing obstacles at her from every angle and I don't know how to get around them, won't be long now I hope
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